“Schitt’s Creek” will go down as one of the best TV comedies ever made, solidified by its sweep of the seven main comedy awards at last month’s Emmys, including the big one for Outstanding Comedy. With only a five-year run of six TV seasons, the Canadian TV show went from Pop TV obscurity in its early years to 15 Emmy nominations in 2020, the most nominations for a comedy in its final season.
But did you know former UK star Jamal Murray once lived in the Rosebud Motel, the property made famous by the show? Rosebud is a fictional motel owned by the Rose family in “Schitt’s Creek,” but in real life it is a dormitory in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, where Jamal Murray lived for two years during high school. Now a star for the Denver Nuggets, Murray attended Orangeville Prep with several other aspiring basketball stars, including fellow NBA player Thon Maker.
it's true, our Rosebud Motel used to house players from the @athleteinstitut and their notable alumni includes Kitchener's finest — the hottest player in the @NBA right now — Jamal Murray (@bemore27) ?
so we delved into the archive and found this little ~nugget~ of trivia… pic.twitter.com/HLeF9rLOhm
— Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) September 25, 2020
Jesse Tipping, the owner of the property, is now selling it to capitalize on its fame and he had this to say about Murray in a recent story about the listing:
In 2013, at the age of 15. He already had a local reputation as a major talent, so when he and his family chose Orangeville, it was a big deal for us. He was just so driven. One day, I remember seeing him in the gym, practicing step-back three-pointers. But from, like, half-court. Just a ridiculous shot. He must have tried it 50 times and I thought, Why are you practicing this so much? When are you ever going to shoot this shot? Of course, the next weekend, we went to a tournament and he sunk that same shot to win a game. I just thought, Oh my God, this kid’s special. [Toronto Life]
In a separate story on Murray’s connection to the Rosebud Motel, this one right here, we learn Murray was a resident when the show began filming in its early days. Murray and his teammates considered it a vacation when Eugene and Dan Levy showed up with their “Schitt’s Creek” co-stars to film on location. The show would even paint the entire building for filming and then paint it back to Orangeville Prep’s colors when they were done.
Back then neither Jamal Murray nor Schitt’s Creek had any idea they’d be two of the top stories in sports and entertainment in September 2020.