Pop TV has announced that acclaimed comedy Schitt’s Creek has been renewed for a 14-episode sixth and final season, which is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting in a few weeks.
“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.”
The decision to wrap the series seems to be a creative one, with co-creators/stars Eugene and Dan Levy calling season six “a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning.” After taking a while to gain traction, Schitt’s Creek has solidified itself as Pop’s flagship series of the past couple years, garnering significant positive buzz with TV critics and fostering a cult audience that dwarfs anything else on its network.
The surprise in the Schitt’s Creek renewal mostly comes from how important it is to Pop, which has had trouble in breaking a second scripted series through the cluttered television landscape. One has to wonder whether CBS, who just bought out former partner Lionsgate to take full control of the network, will continue pushing original scripted series on Pop following the departure of Schitt’s Creek or whether Pop could become the next platform to exit the scripted space.
Schitt’s Creek airs Wednesdays at 10:00 on Pop.