Complete ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Collection to Bow on DVD Nov. 10

Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection will come out DVD Nov. 10 from Lionsgate.

The irreverent character-driven comedy centers on the reversal-of-fortune story of the once filthy-rich Rose family. Suddenly finding themselves broke, the Roses are forced to rebuild their empire in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. As the seasons go on, we see the family thrive in a place they begin to call home, ready to take their personal relationships, business pursuits and, for some, exit strategies, to the next level.

The show received 19 Emmy nominations during its run, with 15 for its sixth season, setting a record for most nominations for a comedy series in its final season. At the 2020 ceremony, “Schitt’s Creek” became the first Canadian show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, for its sixth and final season. In doing so, it also became the first ongoing series to sweep all four acting categories — Eugene Levy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Catherine O’Hara for Lead Actress, Daniel Levy for Supporting Actor, and Annie Murphy for Supporting Actress — plus the awards for writing and directing, en route to nine total wins (it also won for Casting and Contemporary Costumes).

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The cast also includes Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jenn Robertson, Sarah Levy and John Hemphill.

DVD special features include deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, outtakes, “Behind the Episode” segments, and “A Schitt’s Creek Farewell” documentary.

Brazil’s VR Narrative ‘The Line’ Wins Primetime Emmy For Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming

In a first for a Brazilian company, ARVORE Immersive Experiences (ARVORE) won a Primetime Emmy Award  for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming for its virtual reality (VR) love story, “The Line.” The series claims to be the first VR narrative experience for Facebook’s Oculus Quest hand tracking feature.

“To receive this recognition, particularly in an innovation category, is truly an incredible achievement for us, which validates our dedication and our vision for the future of immersive technologies as a storytelling medium,” Ricardo Justus, CEO of ARVORE, said in a statement.

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Set within a scale model of 1940s São Paulo and narrated by Rodrigo Santoro (HBO’s “Westworld”), “The Line” is an interactive story about love and the fear of change, transforming players into a child who unlocks an enchanted maquette of two miniature dolls, Pedro and Rosa. This room-scale experience invites players to pull on knobs, and crawl under the scale model engine, to unfold the story of these figurines who are perfect for each other, but reluctant to live out their love.

“One of the most beautiful side effects of VR is bringing the body back to the center of the experience,” said series director Ricardo Laganaro. “We use the body movement as a language device to create emotions inside of the story. When we use our whole body to not only interact with but also tell and listen to stories, we remember that we are human.”

The show’s creators says VR is key to developing the storyline that could not be replicated on standard video or film. Specifically, the VR user is responsible for the development of the story by engaging in a series of interactions that are triggers to unravel the narrative. Justus and Santoro say “The Line” is first narrative with full-hand tracking interaction, where the user can touch the story with their hands with his/her bare hands — at both a God-Like perspective of the scale-mode, and then at the scale of the dolls.

“We believe that we have entered a new phase in the VR market, and now the users are becoming more and more mainstream,” they said.  “However, for first-time VR users the library of content is still very scarce so ‘The Line’ is a fantastic gateway into VR that in just under 20 minutes demonstrates the best attributes of the technology.

The Emmy adds to a list of awards “The Line” has received, including Best VR Experience at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, Best VR Immersive Award at the 2019 Kaohsiung Film Festival and more. The Emmy will be presented to the team on September 17.

“The Line” is available globally on Oculus for $4.99.

HBO Tops Netflix for 2020 Emmy Award Wins With 30, Led by ‘Watchmen’

Netflix entered the virtual 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 with 160 nominations compared to 107 noms for HBO. In the end, the pay-TV/SVOD brand emerged victorious in the annual two-race contest, scoring 30 Emmys, led by dystopian thriller “Watchmen” with 11 trophies, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series (Regina King). HBO’s haul included 19 wins in the Creative Emmys held through Sept. 19 — a tally rivaled by Netflix, which ended Sunday evening with 21 total Emmys.

Julia Gardner picked up an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for Netflix’s “Ozark,” while Maria Shrader won best director for a limited series for “Unorthodox.” Meanwhile actress Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) made Emmy history as the youngest-ever winner (best actress in a drama) for HBO’s “Euphoria” — which won three awards total.

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HBO’s “Succession” won best drama series award and best actor in a drama with Jeremy Strong, among other seven total Emmy wins. Apple TV+ scored its first Primetime Emmy with Billy Crudup winning best supporting actor in a drama for “The Morning Show.”

Amazon Prime Video was shut out of the Primetime Emmys, while winning four Creative Emmys for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The streamer won 15 Emmys in 2019 led by “Maisel” and “Fleabag.”

Finally, Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” won nine Emmys, while Disney+’s breakout hit, “The Mandalorian,” won seven awards. Other multiple winners included HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with four Emmys, including best variety talk series; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with six wins, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with six Emmys, including best competition series.