Schitt's Creek lands major comedy Emmy Award nominations

The 72nd prime-time Emmys are the first major entertainment honours to unfold amid the coronavirus disruption. Canadian contenders include all four leads in CBC's Schitt's Creek and Sandra Oh for her role in the TV series Killing Eve.

The critically acclaimed Canadian series will be vying for a total of 15 nominations

From left, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Levy, stars of the CBC series Schitt's Creek. All four have been nominated for Emmy Awards for their work on the show's sixth and final season. (Pop TV/The Associated Press)

Watchmen, cloaked in super hero mythology and grounded in real-world racism, received a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards, while all four leads in the Canadian comedy series Schitt's Creek scored nominations for the show's sixth and final season.

Watchmen, which captured America's unease as it faces racial clashes amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received bids for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons.

King was part of a vanguard of actors of colour who showed that TV academy voters took heed of calls for change.

The Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix's Ozark with 18.

"This year, we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history. And it is our duty to use this medium for change," Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy said at the outset of the presentation.

The nominations, typically unveiled with fanfare at the TV academy's Los Angeles headquarters, were announced online Tuesday by presenters Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live, Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, Josh Gad of Frozen and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black

Canadian contenders 

All four leads in the Canadian comedy series Schitt's Creek have scored Emmy nominations for the show's sixth and final season, which brought in a total of 15 nominations. 

The Ontario-shot CBC show, which airs on Pop TV in the U.S., is also nominated for best comedy series.

Stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara received nominations for their leading roles as the parents of a formerly wealthy family.

Daniel Levy, who co-created the series with dad Eugene, is a contender in the categories of supporting actor, directing and writing in a comedy series.

And Annie Murphy is up for supporting actress in a comedy series.

Eugene Levy, left, and his son Dan Levy accept the Best Comedy Series Award for Schitt's Creek at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. The show is up for 15 total Emmy nominations this year. (The Canadian Press/Peter Power)

Together, they play the Roses, who live in a motel in a small town after losing their fortune.

This is the second year in a row the show has been nominated at the Emmys.

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Other Canadian Emmy nominees this year include Ottawa-raised Sandra Oh for lead actress in a drama series for Killing Eve, which airs on CTV Drama Channel and Crave in Canada, and BBC America.

She plays a determined MI-5 operative caught up in a mind game with a female assassin, played by Jodie Comer, who is also nominated in the same category this year.

And Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, hosted by the titular Toronto-born comedian, is up for best variety talk series.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented Sept. 20 on ABC.

Select nominees for the 2020 Emmy Awards

Lead actor in a comedy series:

  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Ramy Yousef, Ramy
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Lead actress in a comedy series:

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
  • Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Comedy series:

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Dead to Me
  • Insecure
  • Schitt's Creek 
  • The Good Place

Lead actor in a drama series:

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Steve Carell, The Morning Show
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Lead actress in a drama series:

  • Zendaya, Euphoria
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Drama series:

  • Better Call Saul
  • Killing Eve
  • Ozark
  • Stranger Things
  • Succession

Limited series:

  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Mrs. America
  • Unbelievable
  • Unorthodox
  • Watchmen

Lead actor in a limited series or TV movie: 

  • Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
  • Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
  • Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
  • Paul Mescal, Normal People
  • Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Lead actress in a limited series or movie:

  • Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
  • Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Regina King, Watchmen

Reality-competition program:

  • Nailed It!
  • The Masked Singer
  • The Voice
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Top Chef

Variety talk series:

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

A complete list of nominees is at Emmys.com.

With files from CBC News and The Canadian Press

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