The Emmys lined up dozens of live feeds from nominees in locations all over the world, but it turns out the only one they needed was in Toronto: In its sixth and final season, “Schitt’s Creek” swept the comedy category on Sunday night, taking home seven wins at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show won a total of nine Emmys this year, the most ever for a comedy in a single year.
Catherine O’Hara kicked things off with the first acting Emmy win of her career for her role as the fan favorite, wig-obsessed diva Moira Rose.
“This is so cool,” O’Hara said as she accepted her statuette in a sequined black dress and matching mask from a Rose-filled party in Toronto. “I will forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age — my age — who gets to fully be her ridiculous self.”
Following closely on her heels was Eugene Levy with his first acting Emmy win for best actor in a comedy series for his role as patriarch Johnny Rose.
The victories soon snowballed into a Schitt’s-storm of best writing, directing and overall comedy series awards. Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy also picked up best supporting actor and actress statuettes for their roles as David and Alexis Rose.
“This has been the greatest experience of my life,” the younger Levy said. “This is completely overwhelming.”
The Pop TV series entered Sunday already having won casting and costumes crowns at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week. It received 15 nominations in all, second most among comedies to the 20 nods for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
“Schitt’s Creek” began in 2015 on CBC in Canada and Pop TV before gaining a popularity boost when Netflix began carrying it in 2017. The quirky Canadian comedy follows a once-wealthy family who, after being bankrupted by a shady business manager, must move to a small town the father bought for his son as a gag gift.
After being shut out of the Emmys for its first four seasons, the show broke through last year with its first nominations — four in all, including one for best comedy — though it didn’t win any. But, for some cast members, the last-gasp domination feels bittersweet. Last month, O’Hara told The Times that she already missed playing the series’ over-the-top diva. “Moira’s way more interesting than I am,” she said. “And the fun thing about her was that she was an actor, so I could, once in a while, get to perform or get to do an accent. Once you’ve had that in your life, it’s really hard to give up.”