The planned remodel for cabler TVGN will include a scripted comedy series starring SCTV vets Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.
The half-hour “Schitt’s Creek” will debut early next year as part of the relaunch of TVGN as Pop, which is billed as catering to pop culture fanatics. The series distribbed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment will premiere first on Canada’s CBC in January.
The loafers stars Levy as a former video store magnate who loses his fortune, forcing his family to move to the small town that he once bought as a joke for his son. O’Hara plays his actress wife. Levy created the series with his son, Daniel Levy, who co-stars with Chris Elliott and Annie Murphy.
“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.”
Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media for Pop, said the series “fits right in the heart of everything we’re building at our network.” TVGN-turned-Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corp. and Lionsgate.
“Schitt’s Creek” is exec produced by Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy and Ben Feigin.