Was there a present that everybody else liked this yr that you just simply couldn’t get on with?
Tiger King. I couldn’t do it. One thing about it felt a bit of too exploitative for me. I by no means felt OK once I was watching it. Perhaps that’s the primary factor. There was a full month when all people was watching it, once I desperately tried to remain a part of the dialog. However I simply couldn’t make investments. And I don’t know, there’s something type of icky about what was occurring there. However that is one man’s opinion in a sea of different individuals.
Conversely, have been there are any exhibits you loved over lockdown that you just didn’t anticipate to?
The Actual Housewives of Atlanta. I really feel just like the characters on that present are so robust and opinionated and have a way of humour and self-awareness. It’s an unimaginable alchemy. It’s a fantastic social group that they’ve put collectively to movie. I used to be stunned to take pleasure in it, as a result of I labored in actuality tv for a very long time. I hosted the aftershow for The Hills earlier than my profession began. And I believe that while you work in actuality TV, it type of pulls again the curtain in a method that doesn’t essentially make you need to watch extra of it. So this was the primary actuality present that I had watched for a extremely very long time.
Who has been your TV villain of the yr?
Marianne’s brother on Regular Individuals. I had such a bodily response to him. When he lastly received punched, I used to be on my ft screaming. The actor did an exquisite job, as a result of I’m assuming he’s not like that in particular person. However that character was completely infuriating, and positively somebody I used to be able to smack within the face.
Is there a present you hope comes again in 2021?
Clearly I’m ready for Atlanta to return again, however I’d most likely say Insecure. I liked that present. I simply binged all of it. And I stand by what I stated about it in my Emmy speech, that Issa Rae ought to have been included in that class [for comedy writing]. She and her crew proceed to do such unimaginable work.
Had been you stunned on the response to Schitt’s Creek this yr?
The entire scenario was surreal. For the Emmys [where Levy became the first person ever to win an award for writing, directing, acting and producing in the same year], we have been in a tent in Toronto. It actually did really feel like this type of surreal dream. You’re watching a display in a tent and instantly you’re successful, and you then’re speaking to a digital camera in a tent. You don’t see an viewers, there’s completely no sense of it being an award ceremony. On the finish I used to be speaking to Catherine O’Hara, and she or he was like: “I simply really feel like somebody’s going to come out of the bushes and say that is an episode of Punk’d.” It actually felt like a type of setups, like “let’s put all of them in a tent and faux a bunch of Emmys”.
How was life with the present, and since?
It was actually essential for me to remain the course with Schitt’s Creek. I believe a variety of showrunners leap ship after just a few years to start out one thing new. However Schitt’s Creek was my first job, and it was mandatory for me to remain, to see the present from starting to finish in order that I may say to individuals: “That is what I can do.” Consequently, I spent six years journaling concepts and writing issues down that I wished to discover when the present was completed. And now I get to kind of look again into these journals and say, OK, nicely, what’s of the best significance? What’s chatting with me in a method that feels enjoyable, but additionally culturally related?
Once you work on a present that touches individuals in the way in which I believe Schitt’s Creek has, and notably the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood, it afforded me this excellent reward of attending to learn individuals’s letters. Individuals who have been modified by the present. Individuals who have come out of the closet as a result of they have been watching the present, household dynamics altering, conversations in individuals’s properties altering, relationships between dad and mom and their kids altering, all due to a change that the present in some way introduced out in individuals.
Once you perceive that tv is a extremely essential medium to vary these conversations, it turns into mandatory to inform tales that imply one thing. And that doesn’t imply they need to have a heavy-handed message, however simply to search out tales that proceed to normalise experiences that may not be a part of the mainstream. So, I’ve just a few pots on the range, if you’ll. And hopefully I’ll have some extra particular solutions for you the subsequent time we discuss, nevertheless it’s been an unimaginable yr.