By BERNICE FOX
Special to Circling the News
Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayor Eugene Levy will soon be traveling the world while son Dan Levy will stay in L.A. and head out to brunch.
It’s for their newly announced non-fiction TV projects.
“The Reluctant Traveler” is Eugene’s docu-series for Apple TV+ and “The Big Brunch” will be Dan’s new competition show on HBO Max.
As the title of his series implies, Eugene is not an adventurous traveler. He’s happy with the comforts of home. (Who wouldn’t be, living in Pacific Palisades?)
But publicity material for “The Reluctant Traveler” says Eugene has agreed the time is right for him to broaden his horizons – as long as his motion sickness doesn’t interfere and he can get dinner at 7, just like always.
The description for “The Reluctant Traveler” says Levy will visit “some of the world’s most remarkable hotels, as well as explore the people, places and cultures that surround them.”
Eugene has, in fact, ventured beyond North America somewhat recently. When filming for “Schitt’s Creek” ended about two years ago, he and the cast went to Italy to celebrate. They stayed in rural Tuscany to explore, relax and just have fun together without filming deadlines and scripts to learn.
While Eugene will be off globe-trotting for “The Reluctant Traveler,” Dan will be doing brunch. He calls brunch the “underdog” of meals.
As creator and host of “The Big Brunch,” he and experts from the cooking world will look for inspiring and undiscovered culinary talents to compete for their big break and what’s described as “a life-changing grand prize.”
Dan says he has “an almost obsessive love of food.” And he knows what it’s like to host a competitive cooking show. In 2017 and 2018 he co-hosted the first two seasons of the CBC series, “The Great Canadian Baking Show.”
With all this experience around food and cooking, his “Schitt’s Creek” character, David, could have learned a thing or two from Dan. In one episode David and his mother, Moira – played by Catherine O’Hara – were stumped by a recipe that required them to “fold in the cheese.”
If you or someone you know – or know of — might be a good candidate to compete on “The Big Brunch,” the deadline to fill out the casting questionnaire is December 17 and can be found at this link: https://thebigbrunch.castingcrane.com/