‘Schitt’s Creek’ Renewed for Sixth and Final Season on Pop

“Schitt’s Creek” has been renewed for a sixth and final season, which will air here next year on Pop TV and on the CBC in Canada. Season 6 is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting in a few weeks.

Co-creators — and son-and-dad — Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy wrote the following letter explaining their decision:

To Our Dear Fans,

We are very excited to announce that “Schitt’s Creek” is coming back for a sixth season on CBC and Pop in 2020! We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we have decided season six will be our last. We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.

We are all so excited to begin shooting these last fourteen episodes and can’t thank you enough for the overwhelming love and generosity you’ve shown us. We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of our fifth season as we prepare to shoot our sixth!

Best Wishes and Warmest Regards,

Dan and Eugene Levy

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In addition to the Levys, their network bosses wanted to gush over the small sitcom that could.

“Dan and Eugene have created a brilliant and irreverent series that has struck a powerful chord with audiences in Canada and around the world, fuelled by stellar writing, sharp humour, an outstanding cast and a wardrobe for the ages,” said Sally Catto, general Manager, programming, CBC. “The show’s reversal of fortune storyline has been mined not just for comedy but to share an empowering message about acceptance and authenticity. We couldn’t be more proud to have commissioned this original comedy and respect the team’s creative decision to wrap up the series at a time that feels right for them. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on their achievement and contribution to Canadian comedy legacy.”

“‘Schitt’s Creek’ is that rare zeitgeist show that creates incredible fandom, catalyzes culture, and receives best-of-television critical praise for its intelligence, character development, laughter and heart,” said Brad Schwartz, president of Pop. “‘Schitt’s Creek’ has given all of us a joyous gift that, in my opinion, places the show among the very best. Everyone at Pop could not be more proud than to have been associated with what Dan Levy and Eugene Levy created alongside this amazing cast and crew.  While we will miss this gem with all our heart, we are thrilled that the show will end its run exactly as the show’s creators intended.”

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In addition to the Levys, “Schitt’s Creek” also stars Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy, and Karen Robinson.

“Schitt’s Creek” is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. Executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read, and Ben Feigin.

The comedy series is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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‘American Gods’ Gets Season 3 Renewal – and a New Showrunner

“American Gods” has been renewed for a third season at Starz, with Charles “Chic” Eglee named as the new showrunner.

The second season, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, debuted this past Sunday.

“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of ‘American Gods’ and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”

Eglee has previously worked on series including “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter” and “The Shield.”

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The renewal comes after “American Gods” underwent numerous changes both in front of and behind the scenes, which resulted in extensive delays in getting season 2 to the airwaves. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, who originally adapted Gaiman’s 2001 novel for Starz, left the series after the first season, with Jesse Alexander taking their place.

But then last fall, it was reported that Alexander was no longer working on the show. At the time, Starz and the show’s studio Fremantle declined to comment on Alexander’s status.

During a conversation about the production troubles last month, Gaiman told TheWrap that Alexander was brought in simply to be a bridge to make sure the season was finished. He added that, despite all the troubles, he was confident about a third season.

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Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” saw casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who plays New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow. Kristin Chenoweth, who played the god Easter in the first season, also departed the series.

“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” said Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer, in a statement. “Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory. Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”

“American Gods” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Starz

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‘WOW – Women of Wrestling’ Renewed for Season 2 by AXS TV

AXS TV has renewed “WOW – Women of Wrestling” for Season 2. The next run gets three times as many episodes — 24 — than Season 1.

The all-female professional wrestling league — and the only one with a weekly TV show — is owned by David McLane and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

“WOW” is McLane’s follow-up to the original “GLOW,” which has been adapted into a scripted dramedy on Netflix.

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“‘WOW’ is proud to partner with AXS TV to bring this incredible promotion to viewers across the country,” Buss said in a statement Wednesday. “It is an honor to be able to continue this organization’s long tradition of showcasing the absolute best in all-female wrestling. The women of WOW appeal to a wide and diverse audience because of their strength, competitive spirit, and impressive athleticism, and the tremendous viewer response we’ve received is proof of that. This season was just the beginning, and we are all excited to build on our initial success with the delivery of new episodes airing in fall.”

“We listened to the fans as to what they wanted to see in women’s wrestling and are extremely pleased with the overwhelming response we’ve received from the viewers, it has been truly incredible,” McLane added. “Our Superheroes are authentic and real, and that comes across in each episode. People are captivated by their unique personalities, and they truly get invested in their stories — we are so happy they love tuning in to cheer on their favorite wrestlers. We look forward to providing our viewers with even more insights into the back stories of these amazing athletes and their epic battles with WOW’s future episodes on AXS TV.”

The “WOW” Season 1 finale airs Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. It will include the first tag-team match of the season, as well as a title match between reigning champ Tessa Blanchard and the “Monster of Madness” Jessicka Havok.

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In addition to sharing the renewal news, on a Wednesday conference call with media, McLane said he is opening the WOW Training Center in Long Beach, California. It will be the first all-women’s wrestling school in the United States.

Blanchard and fellow WOW “Superhero” — which is the term “Women of Wrestling” uses to brand its competitors — Selina Majors will be trainers.

“I am happy to join Selina Majors in providing women with a fully comprehensive training program designed specifically for them,” Blanchard said. “I was trained by men, and while that worked for me, I know a more supportive community for women wanting to join our profession will increase the participation.”

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