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Schitt’s Creek took home the award for best comedy series at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Upon accepting the trophy, co-creator Daniel Levy exclaimed, “Oh, my goodness!” He then struck a serious note, “Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance, and that is something that we need more of now than ever before.”
He encouraged all viewers to vote in the upcoming presidential election. “I’m so sorry for making this political, but I had to.” Beside him, Levy’s father and co-creator Eugene Levy went on to thank his son, who transformed the show into a “declaration of the power of love.”
“This is for all of you, for everyone who showed up and did their work 110 percent,” added the younger Levy as the two left the microphone.
The show beat out fellow nominees Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Dead to Me (Netflix), The Good Place (NBC), Insecure (HBO), The Kominsky Method (Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) and What We Do in the Shadows (FX).
Schitt’s Creek, which won two awards at the Creative Emmys earlier this week, broke the record for most Emmy nominations by a comedy series in its final season, with 15 total nods (topping previous record holder, 30 Rock, which earned 13 noms in 2016). Among the POP TV sitcom’s other 7 wins, it took the award for best comedy series, best actress for Catherine O’Hara, best supporting actress for Annie Murphy, best directing for Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, and best writing for the latter.
The show, which is the first comedy to ever sweep the four main comedy acting categories — both lead and supporting — in a single season, had never won an Emmy for any of its prior seasons.
Backstage, Levy called the evening an “absolutely unbelievable” way to end the series. “I think my dad said it best earlier tonight, it feels like a dream that you don’t want to wake up from to be perfectly honest.”
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