Press Release / Rogers Media TV Access
Beloved Canadian Comic Eugene Levy to Guest Star in Citytv’s Original Comedy Series, Package Deal
— Renowned Canadian actor will guest star as a man unlucky in love —
— Package Deal is the only Canadian sitcom currently being filmed in front of a live studio audience —
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TORONTO (November 1, 2012) Building upon its already talent-laden cast, Citytv and Thunderbird Films today announced that esteemed Canadian actor Eugene Levy (American Pie, A Mighty Wind) will guest star in the highly anticipated Citytv original comedy series, Package Deal. The award-winning Second City Television (SCTV) alumnus will appear in three episodes as a repeatedly-married man whose wives keep mysteriously dying, providing a challenge for his lawyer Danny (Randal Edwards, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Killing).
“We are excited to welcome accomplished performer and comedy legend Eugene Levy to the cast of Package Deal,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “He will undoubtedly delight Canadian audiences with his unique sense of humour and charm.”
Currently in production, Package Deal follows three overly-close brothers and the woman who comes between them. When Kim (Julia Voth,Bitch Slap) starts dating Danny (Randal Edwards), 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 (Harland Williams, There’s Something About Mary) and Ryan (Jay Malone, Monk). Created by Emmy(r)-nominated producer Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Package Dealis produced by Thunderbird Films and will air exclusively on Citytv in the mid-season of 2013. Endemol Group will distribute the series internationally.
“Package Deal is already creating a buzz with its stellar cast, and we’re excited to have another performer as respected as Eugene Levy join the production,” said Michael Shepard, President, Thunderbird Films.
An example of Citytv’s strong commitment to original Canadian programming, Package Deal joins the roster of high-profile original series, including Seed and The Bachelor Canada.
With studios located in Burnaby, BC, episodes are shot in front of a live audience on Thursday nights, from 6 to 9 p.m. PT. For more information about studio location and to reserve tickets, viewers can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Thunderbird Films
Thunderbird Films is an expanded multiplatform media production, distribution and rights management company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thunderbird is known for its collaboration with talented producers, maximizing the financial and creative benefits of Canadian co-production to assist in the financing, production and distribution of all genres of programming for the world market. The company is committed to delivering premium finished product that has broad appeal for broadcasters and their audiences worldwide. Today, Thunderbird has a catalogue comprised of more than 500 hours of Canadian and US television content and its programming airs on major networks around the globe www.thunderbirdfilms.net.
Citytv(tm) television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com