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FINALE: Sitcom PACKAGE DEAL Season 2 Finale Tonight on City With Back to Back Episodes

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Do older brothers Sheldon (Harland Williams) and Ryan (Jay Malone) finally succeed in breaking up baby brother Danny (Randal Edwards)’s romance with Kim (Julia Voth), aka the woman-who-came-between-them, on tonight’s Package Deal season two finale on City? Spoiler alert: I know what happens because I sat in the live studio audience in Burnaby for the breakup. But does it stick?

Related: Live-Audience Taping of Package Deal Season 2 Finale Breakup in Burnaby.

Standup comics Harland Williams and Jay Malone are the crazy cutups to Randal Edwards and Julia Voth’s more low-key performances as lawyer Danny and tea shop owner Kim but there’s been a believability about them as a couple from the start. Los Angeles-based creator and showrunner Andrew Orenstein says they were “adorable together” in the L.A. casting sessions and “seemed like they could be dating”.  They still do.

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A rare-for-Canada four-camera situation comedy — A, B and C cameras are dedicated to a specific actor while the X camera moves around and provides extra coverage — Package Deal moved to a modified 10/90 system in the second season used by such American sitcoms as Anger Management to cut costs. Instead of one episode a week, cast and crew shot two with the first of two taping on Mondays and Tuesdays and the second of two on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Capped at week’s end with a live-taping in front of an audience on Fridays. Exhausting? Yes but also exhilerating for cast as long as they kept their scripts and lines straight.

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At the season two finale live-taping in mid-May, master ad-libber Harland Williams flubbed a simple scripted line repeatedly. He’d hit the wall juggling scripted lines and ALTS — alternate punchlines inserted into takes on the fly to keep it fresh. So he was easy pickins for a season-end prank when a big burly writer dressed up in a pink wig and dress took the place of Sheldon’s Russian mail-order bride  in the final take — and the biggest laugh of the night. But one we won’t see on screen.

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Package Deal’s season 2 finale airs after the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks game tonight.

 

 

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