Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep Emmys

Otawa: Big-hearted Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ was a hit at the 72nd Emmy Awards after sweeping every comedy awarded handed out on Sunday night, including the top prize in best comedy.

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The first hour of the Emmys broadcast was dominated by the show, whose cast had gathered for a viewing party in Toronto. Daniel levy, the 37 year old writer, actor and director who created the show with his father, Eugene Levy, won four Emmys: for writing, directing, best-supporting actor and for best comedy.

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The show’s stars, longtime colleagues Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, won best acting in a comedy honours for their husband-and-wife roles on the comedy. The Emmys were their first since the early 1980s when they won for writing on the groundbreaking comedy series SCTV.

O’Hara thanked the Levys for giving her the chance “to play a woman of a certain age — my age — who fully gets to be her ridiculous self.” To round it out for the Rose family on Schitt’s Creek, Annie Murphy won for best-supporting actress in a comedy too.

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Daniel Levy’s four wins represented the biggest haul for anyone during the main prime-time telecast, a spokesman for the Television Academy said.

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