The TVGN network, which will soon be rebranded as POP, has picked up “Schitt’s Creek, ” a 13-episode Canadian comedy series created by and starring Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy, Deadline.com said.
“Schitt’s Creek, ” which marks the first original scripted series in the history of TVGN, will be part of POP’s launch slate, joining a half dozen unscripted and docu-series announced earlier this month, the report said.
The series, which was commissioned by Canada’s CBC in February, centers on a formerly filthy rich video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife Moira, played by Levy’s frequent on-screen partner Catherine O’Hara, and their two kids, über-hipster son David (Daniel Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy), who suddenly find themselves broke, Deadline.com said.
They are forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small depressing town they once bought as a joke. Co-starring in the show is Chris Elliott. “It took a very special project like Schitt’s Creek to bring me back to television, ” said Eugene Levy. “I’m thrilled to be reunited on-screen with my dear friend Catherine O’Hara and to have the opportunity to work with the wonderfully hilarious Chris Elliot, the up-and-coming Annie Murphy, and my son Dan, who is amazingly talented and a great partner—working together has only made ME look better, ” the report said.
POP will feature an aggressive slate of more than 400 hours of programming, made up of syndication acquisitions, new projects and current series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Like TVGN, POP will be available in more than 80 million U.S. households, the Reporter said.