‘Schitt’s Creek’ back for final season with These sharp and thorny Roses
“Schitt’s Creek” is back for its sixth and final season — with its Roses still as sharp and thorny as ever.
Tuesday’s season opener (9 p.m. on Pop TV) picks up right where Season 5 left : uptalker Alexis (series scene-stealer Annie Murphy) is preparing for her six-month sojourn to combine fiancee Ted from the Galapagos Islands (“I am moving into a place that does not have a Sephora for literally 2,700 miles,” she says); David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) are shopping around for wedding venues for their Big Day; histrionic, wig-wearing Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is coping — seriously — with snafus for her comeback movie,”The Crows Have Eyes: III”; and family patriarch Johnny (Eugene Levy) is trying to keep it all together while running the Rosebud Motel with an eye toward its own financial future.
Had”Schitt’s Creek” ended after last season, that would have been fine with me because I thought it had exhausted its comedic premise of this fish-out-of-water Rose family — Johnny, Moira, Alexis and David — adjusting to, and eventually becoming ingrained in, their life in the podunk town of Schitt’s Creek, where they landed after the household’s home-video fortune vanished. The joke wore thin.
But father/son series founders Eugene and Dan Levy decided on a last go’round, and I’ll admit that I am glad they did: both the performances and writing are razor-sharp (David describing the sound of a hog slaughter:”It’s like a million babies teething”) and, it turns out, there really are some stories left to tell and some more to learn about each of the characters as the season progresses.
As in year’s past, it is Murphy — as the entitled-yet-lovable Alexis — who chews the scenery (in a good way) and who works her way around a zinger like she was born to play this character. Her researched wiftiness goes a long way toward softening the edges of David, though”Schitt’s Creek” would not be the same without his biting sarcasm and snarkiness to put the show’s eccentricities into context.
BBC America revived”Killing Eve” for a fourth season ahead of its expected Season 3 premiere in April. That’s a big leap of faith for a series that should have ended and had.
Jodie Comer’s 2019 Emmy win for Best Dramatic Actress (she plays psycho-killer Villanelle) went a long way toward assuring the show a third season. Notwithstanding the way the show fared at Sunday night’s Golden Globes (both Comer and the show were nominated), that’s a tall order — and it will take a strong Season 3 to warrant a fourth season.
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