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Citytv Greenlights Two New Original Comedy Series, Package Deal and Seed

– Two 13-episode comedy series slated to debut mid-season on Citytv –

– Homegrown series to be produced by Vancouver-based Thunderbird Films
and Force Four Entertainment –

TORONTO, May 29, 2012 /CNW/ – 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

Package Deal:
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.

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About Thunderbird Films
Thunderbird is a Vancouver-based entertainment company that collaborates
with talented producers. The company finances, produces and distributes
programming maximizing the financial and creative benefits of Canadian
co-production. Thunderbird is committed to premium finished product
that appeals to broadcasters worldwide. The company now has in excess
of 400 hours of content on Canadian and U.S. television and its
programming airs on major networks all around the world.  For more
information, visit

About Force Four Entertainment Inc.
Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment is one of Canada’s most
successful and respected television production companies. Since
beginning operations in 1983, Force Four has produced more than 300
hours of prime-time broadcast programming. The company’s highly
successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and
scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world.  Force
Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 11 Gemini Awards
and more than 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob
, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business
Affairs Gillian Lowrey. For more information, visit

About Citytv
Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Winnipeg 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 U.S. 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