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Catherine O'Hara's Schitt's Creek Character Gets Soap Opera Digest Endorsement

Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek

Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose

On the TV comedy Schitt's Creek, Catherine O'Hara plays daytime diva-turned-small-town councilor Moira Rose. One-time star of the fictional soap opera Sunrise Bay, Rose made reference to industry bible Soap Opera Digest in SC's latest episode.

She got a seal of approval from the publication's editorial staff! SOD columnist Carolyn Hinsey tweeted:

In a faux interview posted on the Twitter account for in-show streaming service Interflix, Rose chatted about her soap career. She fondly recalled the seventh season, in which her character, Vivian Blake, "brings a bomb to Tyrone's first wedding to Laurel, who mysteriously vanishes into thin air, later to be found struck down by lightning, and then kidnapped by her own son."

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Showrunner Dan Levy and his writing team definitely know their sudsers, as off-hand references to Sunrise Bay (whose title echoes Sunset Beach) over six seasons contain echoes of iconic soapy plotlines. For example, in the fifth season premiere, Moira referenced a particularly convoluted storyline:

They had me playing my own father, who then became pregnant despite the vasectomy.

That, of course, is reminiscent of Passions' Vincent (Daphnee Duplaix/Phillip Jeanmarie) having an affair with their own father, and getting pregnant. In the same episode, Moira added:

I still hold the record for the longest-running demonic possession on daytime television.

And of course, that brings up memories of Marlena (Deidre Hall)'s Days of Our Lives possession.