“Schitt’s Creek” actress Annie Murphy’s latest role is a little less Alexis Rose, a little more Wanda Maximoff.
AMC released the first trailer for “Kevin Can F*** Himself” last Thursday, in which the performer takes a leading role. As the show’s protagonist Allison, Murphy plays a character worlds away from the hilarious socialite character that brought her fame (and an Emmy) on the hit CBC series.
“It’s about a woman who keeps playing the perfect housewife,” Murphy narrates as the “Kevin Can F*** Himself” trailer opens. The initial light-hearted shots that make this new show look like a typical family sitcom quickly take a turn for the disturbing, as the format distorts itself and Allison’s righteous rage becomes impossible to ignore.
As commentary on how sexist family sitcoms can be — particularly “Kevin Can Wait” and how it killed off Kevin’s wife Donna in season two — AMC is putting the spotlight on Murphy’s acting range throughout the show’s eight episodes.
“Annie is an undeniable talent with the ability both to play comedy and to break your heart,” AMC network representative Sarah Barnett said in a statement about Murphy’s casting.
Annie is an undeniable talent with the ability both to play comedy and to break your heart. AMC network representative Sarah Barnett
The trailer has many viewers thrilled to see Murphy back on their screens, especially in a show that will play with television conventions and showcase the hidden depths of a sitcom trope.
People are already drawing comparisons between Murphy’s character and Wanda from Marvel’s mini-series “WandaVision,” portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.
Like “Kevin Can F**k Himself,” the Disney+ show features a meta-family sitcom format and focuses on a woman’s repressed emotions becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Been popping in and out of #TCA21 all day, but right now watching the panel for AMC's upcoming KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF, which stars SCHITT'S CREEK's Annie Murphy as a sitcom housewife, and switches between sitcom and "real" world. Think WandaVision with an AMC show instead of MCU.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) February 18, 2021
WandaVision...but make it ANNIE MURPHY 😍 https://t.co/9J28wxN9a6
— jared munson (@JaredMunson1123) February 18, 2021
It’ll be nice to have Annie Murphy back on TV, and this could be an interesting play on these tropes, building on the wake of WandaVision. https://t.co/fTjxti6fNG
— Marco Sparks (@marcosparks) February 20, 2021
So far in “WandaVision,” Olsen has changed her acting and appearance to fit with the “era” of sitcoms the episode takes place in.
I gotta say, I feel like a lot of the other actors get a ton of praise each week (deservedly!) but Elizabeth Olsen has been really killing the shift in eras each week & the jumps between sitcom “reality” and actual reality. #wandavision pic.twitter.com/2ET0lUOkKE
— Jaclyn Davis (@jaclynclaired) February 19, 2021
We’ll need to wait until summer to see what Murphy has up her sleeves for Allison, but based on how she made us all fall in love with a stuck-up heiress, we’re betting her new character will be just as fun to watch.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost Canada and has been updated.