Daniel Levy, the co-creator of the Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek, will receive an award for promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ community from GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization.
It will bestow its Davidson/Valentini Award on Levy in San Francisco on Sept. 28.
“Through his work onscreen and behind the scenes of Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy moves LGBTQ visibility on television forward in humorous, compelling and necessary ways,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a news release. “By featuring and celebrating a pansexual character, Dan and Schitt’s Creek are expanding representation of the spectrum of identities within the LGBTQ community in a way that other content creators should model.”
In the series, Daniel’s character David Rose has had relationships with men and women, and is engaged to Patrick, played by Noah Reid. GLAAD says he’s one of the first openly pansexual characters depicted on television.
The GLAAD prize is just one of a number of recent accolades for Schitt’s Creek, the CBC comedy that Levy created with his father, comedy legend Eugene Levy, about a rich family who goes broke and has to move to a small town they own.
The series is nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series, while Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are nominated for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series. The show also won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy and Daniel won an MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Comedy Performance in June.
Schitt’s Creek will return to CBC in January 2020 for its sixth and final season. It airs in the U.S. on Pop TV and is also available on Netflix.
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