In its continuing support of Canadian productions, Citytv announced today it has greenlit two new original comedy series – Package Deal and Seed. Commissioned by Citytv’s original content team and produced by Thunderbird Films and Force Four Entertainment, respectively, the two series are slated to launch exclusively on Citytv in mid-season.
The announcement was made today as part of Citytv’s annual Upfront presentation. Additional production and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
“Citytv has long been the home to some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed comedies from the U.S. – and now we’re throwing our hat into the ring!” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We’re excited to be working with the seasoned teams at both Thunderbird Films and Force Four Entertainment, where together, we will create two comedies that are edgy and hip – and most importantly, funny. Andrew Orenstein and Joseph Raso have created fresh and hilarious characters in worlds our viewers will love. Our audiences love comedies, and Citytv’s strength in this genre is undeniable.”
Created by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) and produced by Thunderbird Films, Package Deal is a 13-episode, half-hour, multi-camera original comedy about three overly close brothers and the woman who comes between them. When Kim starts dating Danny, he seems too good to be true – a successful lawyer, charming, and single. Then she discovers he’s already committed – to his two older brothers, Sheldon and Ryan. Will Danny ever grow up and be his own man? Or will Kim have to accept that his brothers are part of the ‘package deal’?
From Force Four Entertainment, the producers of the upcoming Citytv original reality series The Bachelor Canada, and creator Joseph Raso,Seed is a 13-episode, half-hour series that offers a fresh take on the family comedy. Ill-equipped bachelor Harry finds his foray into the world of sperm donation has resulted in kids (lots of them) and becomes entangled in the lives of his new-found children and their less-than-thrilled families – whether they want him to or not.