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Casting Announced for Citytv Original Comedy Series, Package Deal

- Principal cast signed for all-new, original, multi-camera comedy series -
- Canadian comedy legend Harland Williams triumphantly returns to television in the role of Sheldon -
 
TORONTO (August 16, 2012) Citytv and Thunderbird Films announced today primary casting for the all-new, original, multi-camera comedy series, Package Deal. Celebrated comedians Harland Williams (There’s Something About Mary, The Whole Nine Yards, Dumb & Dumber, Half Baked) and Jay Malone (Dollhouse, Monk) join Randal Edwards (Degrassi:The Next Generation, The Killing) and Julia Voth (Bitch Slap) as the stars of the new series. From critically-acclaimed creator Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun), the 13-episode, half-hour, multi-camera comedy series produced by Thunderbird Films is slated to start filming this fall in front of a live studio audience. The series will air exclusively on Citytv in the mid-season of 2013. Full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
 
Package Deal follows three overly-close brothers and the woman who comes between them. When Kim (Julia Voth) 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) and Ryan (Jay Malone). 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”?
 
We are ecstatic to see Package Deal come to life by welcoming some of the industry’s most acclaimed comedians to join this exciting Citytv original series,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “The talented ensemble has superb on-screen chemistry and are perfectly cast to play these hysterical, off-beat characters.”
 
“We could not be more pleased with the talented group of actors who have come on board for this series, and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Harland Williams back to television,” said Thunderbird President Michael Shepard. “Each cast member brings something truly unique to the table and we feel fortunate to be able to work with such a brilliant team of professionals every day.”
 
An example of the Citytv’s strong commitment to original Canadian programming, Package Deal joins the roster of high-profile original series currently in production for the network, including Seed and The Bachelor Canada.
 
About the Cast
 
Harland Williams
Toronto-born comedian and actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and his outlandish stand-up and sketch comedy routines. A regular on Late Night with David Letterman, Williams has headlined solo stand-up comedy specials for HBO and Comedy Central and provided voices for multiple animated productions including Robots.  In addition to his film and television work, Williams is also author and illustrator of a series of children’s books entitled Lickety Split.
 
Jay Malone
Nova Scotia native, actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Jay Malone rose to fame following his 2004 win at Montreal’s internationally recognized Just for Laughs Festival. He later went on to guest star in roles on Boston Legal, MONK, Dollhouse and The Big Bang Theory, and made his American television stand-up comedy debut in 2011 with his own half-hour comedy special on Showtime. He was a writer for the long-running sketch comedy show Comedy Inc., and the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
 
Randal Edwards
Born in Calgary, Randal Edwards began his career appearing in such series as Smallville and Supernatural. After scoring recurring roles in Psych, he received acclaim for his lead role in the teen drama series The Best Years.
 
Julia Voth
Saskatchewan-born Julia Voth enjoyed a successful modelling career for brands such as Calvin Klein and Shiseido, before becoming a character model for the popular Resident Evil video game franchise. Voth later pursued a career in acting, landing a lead role in the cult movie classic Bitch Slap.
 
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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.
 
About Citytv
Citytv™ 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
 
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Media Contacts
Shannon Hall, Citytv, shannon.hall@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3078
Julia Frittaion, Package Deal Unit Publicist, juliaf@dccnet.com, 604.209.5211
 

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