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How many of you hurt yourselves laughing at standup comic Harland Williams’s antics at a Burnaby live-taping of Package Deal’s second season? You’ll get a chance to see how those laughs for Williams and the rest of Package Deal’s all-Canadian cast translate to the screen when season two premieres on CITY this Friday night.
Los Angeles-based creator and showrunner Andrew Orenstein based the comic situation of three dysfunctionally-close brothers — Danny (Randal Edwards), Ryan (Jay Malone) and Sheldon (Harland Williams) — and the woman — Kim (Julia Voth) — who comes between them on his own Toronto family. The 3rd Rock from the Sun, Malcolm in the Middle sitcom writer/producer says he wrote the Package Deal pilot in an L.A. Starbucks after his American wife suggested it to get him out of the house once they became new parents. Orenstein shopped his pilot around and somehow got on the radar of Thunderbird Films, which turned a paper warehouse in south Burnaby’s Glenlyon Business Park into a multi-camera sound stage with bleachers to tape Package Deal in front of a live audience.