Schitt’s Creek wins its first Emmy

Jon Comerford and Lisa Parasyn made Canadian Emmy history, winning Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last night.

It’s official – Schitt’s Creek is an Emmy winner.

The CBC comedy picked up its first win last night (Sept. 17) with Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series, awarded to Jon Comerford and Lisa Parasyn on the fourth night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmys ceremony.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, I think,” Comerford told Playback Daily this morning on his first ever Emmy win. “I don’t think any Canadian has ever won an Emmy for casting.”

Co-creators Dan and Eugene Levy, who produced the series under their Not a Real Company banner, were the first to call Comerford to congratulate him, sharing “how happy they were that this is the first Emmy Schitt’s Creek has won” and to thank him for six years of casting work. Comerford launched his new talent agency, New Life Casting, earlier this year.

The final season of Schitt’s Creek earned 15 nominations for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards. The series is competing for best comedy at this Sunday’s (Sept. 20) virtual ceremony, as well as all four of comedy’s lead and supporting acting categories. Dan Levy is also nominated for writing and directing. The series won two Television Critics Association awards earlier this week for Outstanding Achievement In Comedy and Individual Achievement In Comedy for Catherine O’Hara.

The verdict is still out on 12 of Schitt’s Creek‘s 15 Emmy nominations, with the award for sound mixing going to The Mandalorian and the award for contemporary hairstyling going to black-ish.

And while the pressure is off Comerford for Sunday night, he’ll still be watching to root for the rest of the team. “I just have a feeling we’re going to make a clean sweep, y’know?” he says. “And somehow I got to be the first one.”

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