Schitt’s Creek’s alum and four-time Emmy winner Eugene Levy is ready for the next big adventure that is going to take him all around the world as the host of a new travel series for Apple TV+, "The Reluctant Traveler".
The actor will go to some of the world's most prestigious hotels to learn more about the people, locations, and cultures that surround them. Eugene Levy isn't your typical travel program host; he's admitted that he's not normally adventurous or well-versed in travel. He has agreed, however, that the time has come for him to extend his horizons. Eugene Levy will pack his luggage with anxiety, hoping that his adventures will lead to a whole new chapter in his life - as long as he doesn't develop motion sickness and can still eat supper at 7 p.m.
The series has yet to be given a premiere date, but it is being produced by British television and media company Twofour. It follows a successful slate for the streaming service, which includes the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize-winning film Boys State, The Velvet Underground, which chronicled the legendary rock band's legacy, and The Beastie Boys Story, directed by renowned director and screenwriter Spike Jonze.
Eugene Levy has been a mainstay in film and television for decades, having first made a name for himself on the Canadian sketch comedy series "SCTV." His cinematic credits include the "American Pie" franchise, as well as several collaborations with Christopher Guest, such as "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." Eugene Levy earned a Grammy Award for "A Mighty Wind" from the film of the same name, which he co-wrote, in 2004 for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Dan Levy, Eugene Levy's son, devised "The Big Brunch" and will host the series for HBO Max, which is produced by Chef's Table and Broadwalk Pictures, the producers of "Sex, Love, and Goop." The Big Brunch honors undiscovered culinary talents from across the country. Chefs will have the opportunity to discuss their personal stories and business goals while competing for a life-changing reward. All while redefining what it means to dine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in unique and personal ways. Dan Levy, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma, and Faye Stapleton are among the executive producers.
The series is set to premiere next year, and Dan Levy said, "Everybody has a friend, a family member, or a co-worker that is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a leg up so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale. Thanks to an almost obsessive love of food, I’ve been lucky enough to come across many of those people in the culinary world — friends working out of cafés or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus at local diners — those special humans who create communities around their cooking, hoping to take their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. That, and who doesn’t want to watch maple syrup being poured slowly over a golden stack of perfectly cooked, crème brûlée inspired French toast?"
"What we love about this special show is that it provides more than mouth-watering culinary treats; it's about heart, a love of cooking, and spotlighting talent whose unique skills enrich the renowned brunch menu," Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max's Head of Original Content, noted. To celebrate those undiscovered voices, there's no greater gastronomic or creative partner than Dan and the Boardwalk Pictures team, and, well, brunch, the ideal meal to indulge in sumptuous sweet and savory delicacies powered by cocktails and caffeine", she added.
It's not Dan Levy's only upcoming project, as he recently secured a deal with Netflix. He's already filming a romantic comedy for Netflix, and the television portion of the deal will kick over in July when his current contract with ABC Signatures expires. Dan Levy isn't the only one in his family who has appeared in an unscripted television show. Auditions for "The Big Brunch" are currently open on thebigbrunchcastingcrane.com.
Dan Levy rose to stardom after co-creating and starring in CBC's "Schitt's Creek." He also has an overall deal with Netflix for film and television, and his first book, "Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt's Creek," was recently released.