Schitt’s Creek’s co-creator, executive producer, and star Dan Levy is spreading his wings into animation with his new comedy series, Standing By, as reported by Deadline. Levy will also be one of the lead characters and will co-write the script with Ally Pankiw. This isn’t the first time that Levy and Pankiw have teamed up as they have worked together on Schitt’s Creek after Pankiw was hired as a writer in the show’s third season.
Standing By is a satirical look into the lives of a group of eternally bound, disgruntled guardian angels and the lessons they’ll eventually learn from not only the dysfunctional humans they’re in charge of protecting, but also each other. The supernatural comedy has an interesting premise that will resonate with most people.
Levy will voice Carey, the newly deceased, cynical spotter to the group who had a lonely, isolated life in New York City. The additional casting has not been announced yet.
Schitt’s Creek’s final season went on to set multiple records at the 2020 Emmy’s, including most wins in a single season for a comedy series, with Levy tying the record for most wins by an individual in a single season. He took home four trophies, for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Writing, Directing as well as sharing in the show’s Outstanding Comedy Series win. Levy is repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.
Since Schitt’s Creek ended, his only role was Happiest Season, where he played the gay best friend to Kristen Stewart’s character. However, he’s giving fans more SC content with an upcoming book, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards, which also shares a name with a Netflix documentary on the sitcom. The book will touch on all aspects of the show.
Standing By is part of Hulu’s push into adult animation as the streamer is looking to expand its original slate anchored by the hit sitcom Solar Opposites. Solar Opposites is produced by the same production house as Standing By, 20th Television Animation.