Eugene Levy says the Schitt’s Creek party had to downsize due to crowd size limits

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As CB reported yesterday, Schitt’s Creek was one of the big winners during Sunday’s Emmy broadcast, sweeping all the major comedy categories for which it was nominated. Not that it needs to be justified, but those 15 Emmys were the first Emmys the show has won, being only nominated for the first time last year and in just four categories (they won none of them).

As everyone knows by now, I could not be happier. I didn’t come to the Rose(bud) Motel until late in season two, but as a devoted fan I was consistently disappointed with the lack of recognition the show got in the US. Canada, of course, knew the value of the show and rewarded it consistently season after season. But this was the Roses’ year, in what Daniel Levy called one of the Schittiest real life storylines ever. In that interview, Dan casually mentioned that he’d hoped the gang would get together, possibly in Eugene Levy’s backyard, to celebrate their evening. And that they did. But in even more typical Rose fashion, the casual backyard bbq turned into a glam evening at Casa Loma in Toronto. Unfortunately, their initial plans to invite cast and their SOs got scrapped when Canada increased COVID restrictions by reducing the number of inside gathering from 50 attendees to 15. Limited numbers didn’t stop the Schitt gang from celebrating the hell out of it, though- and all while taking every COVID precaution necessary. They were all tested and quarantined prior to the party.

While the Schitt’s Creek watch party in Canada looked like the place to be to view the 2020 Emmy Awards as the show racked up win after win — Eugene Levy (who himself took home outstanding lead actor in a comedy) revealed the cast had actually planned a bigger bash but were forced to downsize due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Explaining how the party came about, Eugene, 73, told PeopleTV: “I kind of first heard about a get-together on a few interviews that my son [Daniel Levy] had given, talking about ‘Oh, we might have a big party in the backyard of my parents’ home.’ We went, ‘Really? Okay!’”

“Then it transformed itself into a lovely gathering at Casa Loma in Toronto, obeying every COVID rule of how we could get 15 people” to the party, Eugene said. “Originally we had all our nominees and plus ones and that was like 38 people — because up until two days ago in the province of Ontario, you could have 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.”

He shared, however, that just two days ago, “because the [case] numbers started to spike close to 400, they brought the [party limit] down.”

“So, unfortunately, a lot of people couldn’t come. But being able to celebrate with everyone who works so hard on the show was just a great way to cap it off,” Eugene said.

[From People]

By the looks of things, the diminished number did nothing to curb their joy. And not being there certainly didn’t stop any of the other cast members from celebrating. Dan posted this collection of his sister’s, Sarah Levy who played Twyla on the show, reactions to her real and TV family’s wins:

Following the party, the cast returned to their homes and plus ones. Some of them, like Eugene’s wife Deborah Levy and Catherine O’Hara’s husband Bo Welch, have waited decades for this night.Dan celebrated with his true love, Mariah Carey, on Twitter:

Asked the next morning about the show’s historic wins, Dan said that they could not have gone out on a better note, “what an absolutely unbelievable way to end our series. I don’t think you could ever ask for a better conclusion to a story than tonight. We are absolutely thrilled.” He also said that, while movie is not out of the question, we shouldn’t hold our breath.

Chris Elliott was not present Sunday night and his absence from most things Schitt’s usually raises an eyebrow or two. Chris is a notoriously private guy and almost always abstains from awards show, cast shows and reunions. He did record a video for Eugene’s Lifetime achievement award at the Newport Beach Film Festival and has spoken of his fondness for the crew and show many times. Well, many times for Chris, at least.

One of the shows that lost to Schitt’s in the Outstanding Comedy Series category was The Good Place, which also ended its run last season and also one of my faves. Even though they didn’t win, they were gracious and clever in their loss:

Congratulations to everyone at Schitt’s Creek. I’m sorry to see it go but delighted it went out on top.

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  1. JJ McClay says:

    That video of Sarah Levy is DELIGHTFUL! So thrilled that such a creative, kind, inclusive, funny show got recognised. And to top it off, they all seem like fabulous humans too.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sarah was in Newfoundland where she is filming with another Schitt’s Creek alum, Tim Lozon. (Annie’s sort of boyfriend in the first season)

  2. sa says:

    Love the video Sarah Levy!

    I commented yesterday that I’d heard they’d had to downsize their party because of the new stricter regulations, but I thought they’d downsized to 50, apparently I was wrong and they downsized from 50. Anyway, it’s great that they were able to get together to watch, even if they couldn’t all be there.

    The Good Place tweet is great!

  3. minx says:

    That video! Love it!

  4. Darla says:

    Does anybody here know what Leslie Jones’ problem was on Emmy night? Regarding Schitt’s Creek? I unfollowed her. I really hate when someone feels so compelled to piss in my cheerios. This show brought people a lot of happiness at a really bad time, the worst of times actually. I don’t get that compulsion.

    • kelsey says:

      She was utterly ridiculous all night. I don’t usually follow her but her tweets kept popping up in my timeline. Several people from the other shows nominated have all been congratulating Dan and the rest of the Schitt’s Creek crew.

      As you mentioned, Schitt’s has been an absolute godsend for my (and probably many other people’s ) battered and fragile soul(s) these past several months. I have re-watched the show several times because it takes me to a happy place where I can forget about real life for a while.

      • Darla says:

        I did follow her, but rarely saw her tweets. Others were saying she does stuff like that a lot, I don’t know. She lost a fan here. I am out with negative people these days, and fast.

    • Valerie says:

      I’m tired of people who are not only rude for the sake of being rude but use their celebrity as a shield while doing it. She knows the reach and influence that she has. She’s entitled to her own opinion, but to interact with people the way that she did was beyond childish–it was mean-spirited. And then to say that she was ‘just bored’?? Reminds me of this girl I knew who would stir up drama, and then when everyone was good and riled up, she’d be like, “It’s not that serious…”

  5. Redgrl says:

    Casa Loma – nice! Eugene Levy has always been hilarious. Good for them!

  6. sa says:

    I saw this tweet about David’s sweaters, which has to have been intentional, because it’s just too much of a coincidence otherwise. I’m so impressed with both the level of detail put into the clothes and the viewer that picked up on it. If I watched the series a million times, I would not have noticed this.

    https://twitter.com/gothspiderbitch/status/1253894514059743236

  7. Melissai says:

    I love this show so much and rewatched it twice during these last 6 months. It just soothes me and brings a sense of joy. The character development was phenomenal and future shows should take note on how to create nuanced stories.

  8. Mrs Robinson says:

    Noticed that Stevie and Jocelyn weren’t there either. Must have been for the same reason?

  9. ME says:

    I’m happy for the cast of this show ! What I don’t understand is why were they all wearing masks while sitting at the tables but then got inches from each other maskless to take pictures ??!! In Ontario the limit is 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Where did he get the number 15 from?

    • Nic919 says:

      I can’t explain the 15 but in Toronto you need to wear a mask inside a public commercial space. So that’s why they wore masks most of the time. Since Casa Loma usually acts as a banquet space, in theory I guess you take the mask off for eating and drinking like a restaurant.

      I think because they were all tested and then in isolation they felt ok taking off the masks… frankly it was a bit all over the place.

      • ME says:

        Thanks for the info. I didn’t know Casa Loma acts as a banquet space, but yeah they really were all over the place. Masks on, masks off, 6 feet away, then 2 inches away lol.

  10. MissMarierose says:

    Is this a safe space to say that I think Eugene Levy gets hotter every year?
    I think I might be alone on this.

    • schmootc says:

      It’s frightening to say, because he’s almost my father’s age, but he is a very attractive man and he has aged very well.

    • Valerie says:

      you’re absolutely not alone!

    • Blueskies says:

      With you, too and yes, he’s almost my father’s age. :o I have a bit of a crush on Dave Thomas, too. I have loved everyone from SCTV for decades, I burst with pride at all their achievements and recognition. 🤗

      • Valerie says:

        haha! I used to have a slight crush on Dave when I was a kid. I didn’t really develop any lasting crushes on that cast because they became like family to me. They were such a huge part of my childhood. I’m just happy to see the Second City crew still working and doing what they love.

  11. Charfromdarock says:

    Sarah Levy and Tim Roxon (Mutt) are filming in my town right now – that’s why they weren’t in Toronto.

    • Dizzy says:

      That’s cool. I was hoping Mutt would pop up again on the season 6. I guess he’s busy on Wynona Earp.
      I wanted to know what happened to the pine cones.