Dan Levy Says That “Schitt’s Creek” Was Inspired By An OG Reality Show On MTV

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Dan Levy Says That “Schitt’s Creek” Was Inspired By An OG Reality Show On MTV

You may not find Canada's favourite TV family completely relatable to your own lifestyle or experiences. Realistically, not many people have lost everything they own and been forced to move into a shabby motel after living off of unlimited wealth for years. The Rose's experiences before and after losing their fortune are certainly wild and unique, and you may wonder how the writers come up with some of the stuff in the show. Well, Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy said the show was inspired by The Hills.

Dan and his father, Eugene, created Schitt's Creek years ago and it was picked up by CBC who has aired every season. In a March 2015 interview with Out, Dan shared how he came up with the idea for the show. He told them, "I had been watching some reality TV at the time and was concentrating on what would happen if one of these wealthy families would lose everything" citing the Kardashians as an example. 

And in an interview last month with Entertainment Weekly for their podcast "EW's Binge", Dan shared more details about his inspiration from wealthy reality TV stars. He said he wanted to explore, "what would it look like if we played on that, took the money away, and examined what the family dynamic would be like without the money.” This actually makes a lot of sense when you consider how lost and distraught the Rose's are without their fortune to fall back on.

Before creating Schitt's Creek, Dan was a host on MTV's The Hills: The Aftershow. He also told Entertainment Weekly that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were an exceptional influence on the Rose's characters. Back in 2011, The Hollywood Reporter said that "Speidi" was "broke and full of regret" after blowing millions of dollars on things like plastic surgery and crystals. However, Dan didn't completely copy the couple's misfortune as the Rose's lost their money after being swindled by their accountant. 

Spencer and Pratt celebrated their ten year anniversary this year, which is honestly impressive considering everything they've been through.

According to BustleAlexis Rose's character is extremely similar to Heidi Montag, and they said that her infamous song "A Little Bit Alexis" is based on her experience as a reality TV star. So the writers secretly wrote in the inspiration behind the show! 

Check out Alexis' hilarious song below.

Dan also told Out that Eugene was the one who came up with the actual title of the show. He said his father coincidentally created it while having dinner with a friend. Dan said that Eugene was "having a dinner conversation a few weeks prior, about this theoretical town of Schitt's Creek: You would have Schitt Hardware and Schitt Grocers." So there you have it, Eugene Levy's totally random dinner conversation was responsible for naming the best TV show right now. 

Anyone who's watched at least a few episodes of Schitt's Creek could definitely agree that it's well deserved of its many titles. Just last month it was named "The Best Show On TV" by TV Guide when it came in first place in the "100 Best Shows Right Now" countdown. And this week, TV Guide also released a list of the "25 Best Shows of the Decade" where Schitt's Creek came in at number eight

Heartbroken fans know that the show will be ending next year after its sixth season which premieres in January. But this door closing could open up another door for a possible spin-off, remake, or even a movie!

The possibilities for continuing Schitt's Creek legacy are endless, especially when there are so many reality TV shows that spout inspiration. 

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