Citytv stays on laugh track for winter 2013

Canuck originals Seed and Package Deal to join the lineup, alongside new comedies 1600 Penn, The Goodwin Games and How To Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).
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Rogers Media is continuing its strategy of betting big on comedy to remain competitive, with five new laughers joining Citytv’s winter lineup, including new Canuck originals Seed and Package Deal.

Seed, created by Joseph Raso and produced by Force Four Entertainment, joins the lineup Mondays at 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 28. The half-hour comedy exec produced by Mark Farrell follows a single underachieving bachelor who begins relationships with three separate families who are recipients of his sperm donation.

And multi-cam comedy Package Deal, with a broadcast date still to be determined, follows three overly-close brothers and the woman who comes between them. The series is created by Andrew Orenstein and produced by Thunderbird Films.

NBC’s 1600 Penn, Fox’s The Goodwin Games and ABC’s How To Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) round out Citytv’s new comedy winter contingent.

1600 Penn, which premieres Wednesday Jan. 9 at 10:30 p.m. before moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 25, focuses on a family dealing with everyday, average issues – except the head of the family, played by Bill Pullman – is also the American President.

The Goodwin Games (pictured), also with a yet-to-be-determined premiere date, follows three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death and find themselves about to inherit a fortune if they abide by their late father’s wishes, which turn out to be a series of unique challenges. Fox in November cut its initial order of The Goodwin Games from 13 episodes to seven for the mid-season launch, to make room for the other comedies on its schedule.

And How To Live With Your Parents, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., stars Canuck actress Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as a single mom who, with her young daughter, moves back in with her eccentric parents.

The new comedies join returning series Cougar Town Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 9, Suburgatory Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. starting April 3 (simulcast), Community Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting Feb. 7 (simulcast) and Rules of Engagement on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. starting Feb. 6. Mike & Molly also returns to the airwaves Mondays at 9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 7 (simulcast), albeit a new addition to Citytv’s roster. The comedy was originally with CTV, which freed up the series after an apparent scheduling clash with reality series on its schedule.

Also new for winter are different takes on existing characters, with The Carrie Diaries, based on the younger days of Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, Mondays at 10 p.m. (starting Jan. 14) and Hannibal, which delves into Dr. Lecter’s back story (and perhaps his penchant for fava beans and a nice chianti).

And returning to the lineup are The Biggest Loser, medical drama Body of Proof and J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke’s adventure series Revolution, which is back from hiatus at the end of March.

One additionl change for Citytv for winter is the latest season of The Bachelor, which will now air on OMNI Television starting Jan. 7.

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