Canadian network unveils 2012-13 season

Canada’s Citytv has greenlit two homegrown original 13-episode comedy series — “Package Deal,” created by Andrew Orenstein (“Malcolm in the Middle”), and “Seed,” created by Joseph Raso — it was announced Tuesday as part of the network’s 2012-13 season upfront presentation.

Produced by Vancouver’s Thunderbird Films, “Package” is a half-hour multi-camera show about three brothers and the woman between them.

“Seed,” about a bachelor whose previous foray into sperm donation results in an instant family, is produced by Vancouver’s Force Four Entertainment, which is also producing City’s new original reality series “The Bachelor Canada.”

Both series will bow mid-season.

“Citytv has long been 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,” commented Claire Freeland, director of original programming for Rogers Media, which owns the City stations.

City is beefing up its Sunday-to-Friday primetime sitcom roster this season with several returning shows and seven new U.S. comedy series pickups that will air in simulcast with U.S. networks: “Partners,” “Ben and Kate,” “The Mindy Project” and “Malibu Country” for this fall, and “1600 Penn,” “The Goodwin Games” and “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” for mid-season.

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