Less Than Kind, the dark TV comedy about a dysfunctional family that runs a driving school, is taking a new turn as it returns to HBO Canada on Sunday.

Actor Maury Chaykin, the beloved character actor who provided a key focus for the ensemble comedy, died suddenly in 2010, just as the show was working on its third season. 

Less Than Kind's writers have incorporated his passing into the story, executive producer and showrunner Mark McKinney tells Jim Brown, guest host of CBC’s Q cultural affairs show.

Filming the series after Chaykin's death united the cast of the Winnipeg-set comedy, McKinney said. The cast's grief is clear onscreen, as the storyline turned to dealing with the death of the family patriarch.

McKinney, a former member of the Kids in the Hall, has also turned his hand to producing a new Comedy Network show featuring Halifax-based comedy troupe Picnicface.