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April 2, 2013

Canada’s City Broadcaster Uses CBS Launchpad to Debut Local Comedy ‘Package Deal’


 Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter

TORONTO – Canadian broadcaster City is using CBS’ golden launchpad on Monday nights to debut Package Deal, its latest homegrown comedy.

The Canadian broadcaster will plug the multi-camera sitcom, which has Pamela Anderson and Eugene Levy in recurring roles, into the 8:30 p.m. Monday spot when Seed, another of its freshmen Canadian comedies, ends its 13-episode run.

The strategy is giving Package Deal a lift from CBS’ long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. as a lead-in, while 2 Broke Girls at 9 p.m. serves as the lead-out at 9 p.m.

Rival Canadian broadcaster CTV is also rolling out its own original comedies like the Dave Foley-starring Spun Out and Satisfaction from Los Angeles-based Canadian TV scribe Tim McAuliffe to complement popular U.S. sitcoms on its schedule like The Big Bang Theory and Anger Management.

Package Deal stars Randal Edwards, Julia Voth, Harland Williams and Jay Malone in a comedy about three overly close brothers and the woman who comes between them.

The Canadian sitcom from Los Angeles-based Canadian TV scribe Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock From the Sun) was shot in Vancouver before a live audience.

Levy will guest star as a repeatedly-married man whose wives keep mysteriously dying, while Anderson has a three episode arc as an off-beat therapist with an up-close-and-personal manner.

The series was shot in front of a live studio audience in Vancouver by indie producer Thunderbird Films, and is executive produced by Tim Gamble and Michael Shepard.