Holy ‘Schitt’! These Emmy Experts say we’re underestimating ‘Schitt’s Creek’ for Best Comedy Series

“Schitt’s Creek” has flown under the Emmy radar for most of its run. It debuted in 2015 on the Pop network and aired its fifth season this past spring. It’ll be back for one more season, which will conclude its run. But it hasn’t gotten a single nomination from the television academy. That’ll change, though, according to a few of the Expert journalists we’ve polled for their Emmy predictions.

Created by veteran comedian Eugene Levy and his son Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” follows the wealthy Rose family after they lose their fortune and are forced to relocate to the title locale. The Canadian series has done quite well for itself up north, winning awards from the Writers Guild of Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Screen Awards, but it hasn’t yet made an Emmy impact here in the States.

However, out of the 15 Experts making their forecasts here at Gold Derby as of this writing, 3 are boldly betting on a Best Comedy Series nom for “Schitt’s Creek”: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!) and Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post). That would be a first not only for the show, but for the Pop network. But there are signs that the show is starting to catch on. In 2018 the series picked up an MTV Movie and TV Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance (Dan Levy). And in 2019 it earned Critics’ Choice and GLAAD Media Award nominations for Best Comedy Series.

But Best Comedy Series is not the only Emmy nomination it can look forward to, according to our maverick Experts. Harnick, Jacobs and Kelly Lawler (USA Today) currently expect Catherine O’Hara to be nominated for Best Comedy Actress. Meanwhile, Adams and Ben Travers (IndieWire) say Eugene Levy will earn a bid for Best Comedy Actor. Both O’Hara and Levy are already familiar to Emmy voters, having won Best Variety Writing for the sketch comedy “SCTV” — O’Hara in 1982, Levy in both 1982 and 1983. O’Hara was also more recently nominated for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for HBO’s telefilm “Temple Grandin” (2010).

“Schitt’s Creek” is still an underdog in the Emmy race overall, but it nevertheless ranks among the Experts’ top 10 contenders in those top three comedy races. Could it really break through? As the saying goes, “Schitt” happens.

Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Series

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