CTV AND CTV TWO 2014 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP

— December 3, 2014

CTV AND CTV TWO 2014 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP 

Please note: All programming is subject to change. Visit CTV.ca to confirm the holiday programming lineup. 

**Media Note** – Download photos from CTV’s 2014 holiday programming lineup at BellMediaPR.ca

The Addendum Below Includes:

  1. NEW HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS
  2. RETURNING SPECIALS & HOLIDAY CLASSICS
  3. NEW HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODES
  4. RETURNING HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODES

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NEW HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS:

ANGELS AND ORNAMENTS (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig, Sergio Di Zio, Graham Abbey, Samantha Espie, and Roger Doche

Aspiring musician Corrine Sheridan’s (Jessalyn Gilsig, GLEE) holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold (Sergio Di Zio, FLASHPOINT), who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down to Harold's deadline, Corrine must decide if she will open up to Christmas love. 

 

ETALK PRESENTS CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Leading up to the television premiere of CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, ETALK takes viewers to Dog River, Saskatchewan – the set of the film – to chat with the cast about the small screen versus the big screen and the excitement of being back together after five years. Plus, ETALK digs into the vault and takes a look at some of their favourite moments with the original cast as Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson, reflect on the hit Canadian television franchise. CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE debuts Dec. 3-7, 2014 at select Cineplex Theatres, followed by premieres on The Movie Network (Monday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), CTV and CTV Two (Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT), and The Comedy Network (Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT). Encore presentation airs Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.

 

ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Sarah Carter, Damon Runyan, George Canyon, and Paul Popowhich

Holly Jensen (Sarah Carter, The Vow) wraps up her last astronomy class before the holiday break. She returns home to her absent-minded boyfriend, Adam (Paul Popowich, THE BRIDGE), who simultaneously ruins her holiday plans by announcing a business trip to New York. After he departs, Holly gets the wild idea to follow him on his trip. On the bus journey, she meets Luke (Damon Runyan, HAVEN), a traveling, singing cowboy. A breakdown along the way gets the two a little closer and she finds that Luke shares her love of astronomy. Upon arrival in New York City, instant tension between Adam and the cowboy (Runyan) reveals Adam as the Grinch he truly is.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO

Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a two-hour instalment of the hit culinary competition, a first for the format internationally. Fan favourite home cooks from MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 1 return to the kitchen, but they’re not cooking alone. Fun-loving Albertan Dora Cote; larger-than-life flavour queen Tammara Behl; loveable Italian dad Pino DiCerbo; and Season 1 runner-up, spicy Trinidadian twin Marida Mohammed, are joined by their family members as they complete a series of festive food challenges – a first in any MASTERCHEF kitchen. Each returning home cook gets feedback from MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile, with each family cooking to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. Encore presentation airs Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

ETALK 2014: Stars and Scandals (1 Hour) (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

The new original special ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS counts down the biggest celebrity stories of the past year. From Bieber’s arrest to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s elevator altercation, and the many weddings, hookups, and breakups in Hollywood – it’s been a busy year in entertainment. Candid and uncensored, the one-hour special also features interviews with Tom Cruise, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift. Plus, the ETALK team including Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham (McGimsie), Lainey, Traci Melchor, Devon Soltendieck, and Jessi Cruickshank reminisce about their favourite on-set moments and celebrity interviews of 2014, including bloopers and outtakes caught on camera. Encore presentation airs Sunday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two and CTV GO
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere
Starring: Brent Butt, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Lorne Cardinal, Fred Ewanuick, Gabrielle Miller, Nancy Robertson, Eric Peterson, and Janet Wright

CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE makes its super-simulcast network premiere just in time for the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO. It’s been five years and there’s still not a lot going on 40 kilometers from nowhere. But that’s all about to change as the fine folks of Dog River, Saskatchewan face their biggest crisis ever. Brent and the gang discover that the town’s been badly mismanaged, leaving residents with little choice but to pack up and leave. As residents make one last rally to save Dog River as they know it, they discover a devious plan by a corporate giant that would change life for Dog Riverites forever. Encore presentation airs Saturday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE will also be the first Canadian program to receive a first-look screening on “Project Latte” ahead of its linear television premiere.

ETALK 2014: HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

ETALK returns with its ultimate annual movie guide for this season’s must-see films. Hosted by ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham (McGimsie), the new 30-minute special features interviews with the biggest stars of the holidays’ most talked-about theatrical releases, including Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine (Into The Woods); Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies); Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (Annie); and more. Encore presentation airs Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and Thursday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Wrap up the year with a look back at the most water cooler-worthy moments of 2014 in the original one-hour special THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP, premiering Friday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.  The co-hosts of CTV’s hit daytime series – Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui, and Traci Melchor – dish the dirt on the biggest stories of the year in pop culture and fashion, taped in front of an enthusiastic live studio audience. With no topic off-limits, the ladies promise to provide a much-needed dose of celebrity scandal this holiday season. Encore presentation airs Sunday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

THE CHRISTMAS PARADE (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, Jennifer Gibson, and Drew Scott; featuring cameos by ETALK Reporter Devon Soltendieck and INNERSPACE Co-Host Morgan Hoffman.

In this holiday adventure, Haley (AnnaLynne McCord, 90210) leads a miserable life, after she finds out her real-estate fiancé Jason (Drew Scott, PROPERTY BROTHERS) is cheating on her. A big-city morning show host, Haley finds a renewed Christmas spirit and unexpected love when she helps a handsome, small-town local (Jefferson Brown, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) enter a parade float competition to save the beloved community arts center. The holiday film also features special appearances by Devon Soltendieck (ETALK) and Morgan Hoffman (INNERSPACE). Encore presentation airs Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.

BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson, and Harmon Walsh

In this holiday romance, Jennie (Torrey DeVitto, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), an up-and-coming event planner, is shocked to find out that her boss intends to hand her business over to her nephew, Nick (Steve Lund, BITTEN), instead of herself. Tensions run high when Jennie is forced to train Nick and plan for the biggest party of the holiday season – the legendary Tyrell’s Toys Annual Christmas party for the community. Jennie and Nick are forced to work together and the duo’s competitive spirits make way for a relationship that’s so much more than a competition to throw the BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER. Encore Presentation airs Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.

ETALK PRESENTS: Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

In a 30-minute candid interview, ETALK’s Danielle Graham (McGimsie) sits down with country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift in the ETALK newsroom, where talk turns to everything from Taylor’s record-breaking album (1989), to her new life in New York, and her furry feline friends. It’s a gal pal party viewers won’t want to miss! Encore presentation airs Thursday, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

ETALK SPECIAL: ETALK & THE HOBBIT: ONE LAST TIME (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Monday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

ETALK marks the end of The Hobbit trilogy in the new 30-minute original special ETALK & THE HOBBIT: ONE LAST TIME. Hosted by Ben Mulroney and taped in-front of a live studio audience at Bell Media Headquarters in downtown Toronto, the special features exclusive in-studio interviews with Academy® Award-winning director Peter Jackson, writer and co-producer Philippa Boyens, and actor Lee Pace of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The special also includes a look back at ETALK’s own journey to Middle-earth with the cast and crew of the three-part film adaptation, based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Encore presentation airs Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

ETALK 2014: The Page Turners (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney and Reporter Devon Soltendieck take a look at the best in books in ETALK 2014: THE PAGE-TURNERS. From Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Margaret Atwood to Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Alan Cumming, and more, the half-hour special showcases the people behind the year's biggest page-turners.

ETALK 2014: The Canadians (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

ETALK continues to shine the spotlight on the year’s top Canadian entertainers making headlines on home soil and around the world in the new original special, ETALK 2014: THE CANADIANS. The 30-minute special, hosted by ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney, features one-on-one interviews and notable moments with the country’s leading ambassadors including Ryan Reynolds, Xavier Dolan, and breakout music stars Shawn Mendes, Kiesza, Magic, and more.

ETALK 2014: Best in Music (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

ETALK Senior Reporter Danielle Graham (McGimsie) and Reporter Devon Soltendieck celebrate the year’s best in music in an all-new 30-minute special featuring one-on-one interviews with the industry’s hottest musicians, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, and more.

ETALK 2014: Stars and Scandals (30 Minutes) (2014)

Broadcast Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
The new, half-hour edition of the original special ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS counts down the biggest celebrity stories of the past year. From Bieber’s arrest to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s elevator altercation, and the many weddings, hookups, and breakups in Hollywood – it’s been a busy year in entertainment. Candid and uncensored, the special also features interviews with Tom Cruise, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

Broadcast Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Starring: Daniel RadcliffeEmma WatsonRupert Grint 

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

ETALK: FAST FORWARD 2015 

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Delve into the future for a look at stars expected to generate headlines in the year ahead. The half-hour special ETALK: FAST FORWARD 2015 celebrates the headline makers of 2014 and prepares viewers for what’s to come in 2015. The special also details Channing Tatum’s meteoric rise to the top with a preview to his upcoming films Magic Mike XXL and Jupiter Ascending; counts down the Top 5 most anticipated movies of the year, including Fifty Shades of Grey, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2; and shares predictions for frontrunners for the 2015 award season.

 

RETURNING SPECIALS & HOLIDAY CLASSICS:

SURVIVING CHRISTMAS (2004)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Ben AffleckChristina Applegate, and James Gandolfini
In the film SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck, Argo) is an executive leading an empty and shallow life with only wealth on his side. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, Drew wants to revisit his old childhood home and possibly relive some old holiday memories. But when he arrives, he finds that his childhood house is no longer the home in which he grew up. Inhabited by another family, Drew offers a nice financial reward that entails the family to participate in Latham family traditions.

THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE (Encore)

Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Nov. 17 – Dec. 26 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Canada’s most-beloved family event returns for another year of festive cheer as THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE broadcast kicks off the holiday season. With more floats this year than ever before, returning to anchor the 90-minute broadcast of the world’s longest-running children’s parade are CTV Toronto’s Ken Shaw, THE SOCIAL’s Melissa Grelo, and TSN’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
Broadcast: Saturday Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: James StewartDonna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore
One of the most popular films of all time, and a perennial holiday favorite, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE follows an angel who helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) contemplating suicide, by showing him what life would be like if he never existed. Encore presentation airs Wednesday Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT (2013)
Broadcast: Saturday Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Available Dec. 7 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Kellie MartinCameron Mathison, and Jewel Staite 
Kathy (Kellie Martin, ER) is a recent widow struggling to deal emotionally with the Christmas season. When Kathy meets handsome Christmas store owner Tim (Cameron Mathison, ALL MY CHILDREN), he seems heaven-sent, particularly after Tim gives her a Christmas ornament that symbolizes hope, and helps Kathy open up to the joys of the season again.  Although Kathy wants to take a chance on Tim, she still fears getting hurt and struggles to find the balance between preserving the memory of her husband and moving on with her own life.

COME DANCE WITH ME (2012)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 6 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Michelle Nolden, and Stephanie Mills
The romantic movie COME DANCE WITH ME follows Jack Kesman (Andrew McCarthy, LIPSTICK JUNGLE), a financial planner, who decides to take dance lessons to impress his girlfriend (Stephanie Mills, GOOD GOD, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND), who also happens to be his boss’s daughter. However, after a few lessons with his kind-hearted dance instructor Christine (Michelle Nolden, SAVING HOPE), the two develop a strong connection, causing Jack to have a change of heart.

SHREK THE HALLS (2007)
Broadcast: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 8 – Dec. 22 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz

In SHREK THE HALLS, everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek (Mike Myers, The Love Guru). For the sake of Fiona (Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about. So when Donkey (Eddie Murphy, Daddy Day Care), Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas, Ruby Sparks), and the gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. Encore presentation airs Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

CHRISTMAS MAGIC (2011)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Lindy BoothPaul McGillion, and Derek McGrath 
In the heart-warming movie CHRISTMAS MAGIC, Carrie Bishop (Lindy Booth, OCTOBER ROAD) is put on "Angel Duty" as her last task on Earth before she can "pass over" to Heaven. She must help and guide a young restaurant owner (Paul McGillion, STARGATE: ATLANTIS), who is depressed because his restaurant is weeks away from shutting its doors. However, along the way, she comes to learn a lot more about herself and romance, more so than when she was actually alive.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TOWN (1970)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 14 – Dec. 20 on CTV.ca

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, and Keenan Wynn

In the stop motion animated special SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN, Hollywood Icon and Academy Award®-winner of the Honorary-Award Fred Astaire (The Towering Inferno) narrates and sings the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. The holiday special is based on the hit Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934.

CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER (2013)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: James BrolinGage Munroe, and Josie Bissett

Young George (Gage Munroe, PAW PATROL) learns to be a man after the death of his father and separation from his mother (Josie Bissett, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER). He spends time with his grandfather Bo (James Brolin, BLACKOUT), on his Kansas farm over the holidays, where he makes a new friend in a dog named Tucker. George attempts to adopt Tucker as his own, and discovers the importance of responsibility and the power of true love, just in time for Christmas.

ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS (2012)
Broadcast: Saturday Dec. 13 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 14 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Elaine Hendrix, Sergio Di Zio, and Sean Michael Kyer
Grace (Elaine Hendrix, THE CLIENT LIST), a single mother of nine-year-old Zachary (Sean Michael Kyer, CONTINUUM), has finally found love again with John (Sergio Di Zio, FLASHPOINT), and everything feels close to perfect. As the holiday season approaches, Grace and Zachary’s favorite time of year, Grace realizes she is building a life with a man who just doesn’t do Christmas. While getting into the holiday spirit with decorating and enjoying the cherished seasonal festivities, John refuses to participate. As the tension between them builds, the real reasons why they both approach this holiday so differently begin to unfold.

RITA MACNEIL PRESENTS MEN OF THE DEEPS (2003)

Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
From the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, multiple JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil presents Men of the Deeps - North America's only coal mining choir. Comprised of working and retired miners from Cape Breton, the Men of the Deeps choir was formed in 1966 during Montreal's Expo, in the hope of keeping alive the stories, traditions, hardships, tragedies and camaraderie's of their mining communities. 

PETE’S CHRISTMAS (2013)
Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Bailee Madison, Molly Parker, and Bruce Dern
As the middle child, Pete Kidder (Zachary Gordon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) is sick of being overlooked by his parents and siblings. With Pete’s grumpy grandfather (Bruce Dern, Nebraska) in town for Christmas, the pressure is on to make the day extra special, just as Grandpa remembers the holidays with his late wife. However, the holiday is filled with disastrous moments, and just when things can't get any worse, Pete wakes up the next day and realizes he's reliving December 25th all over again. Stuck repeating the day over and over, Pete panics, but slowly realizes, with the help of his new friend and next door neighbour, Katie (Bailee Madison, TROPHY WIFE), that he can use his unique gift for good and give this Christmas day the do-over it deserves.

MICHAEL BUBLé’S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (2013)
Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO
MICHAEL BUBLÉ’S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features incredible duets with Bublé and Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriters Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige, as they share renditions of holiday classics “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “The Christmas Song”, respectively. Bublé also performs some of his favourite songs from his holiday album, Christmas, and is joined by B.C.’s Coastal Sound Children’s Choir for a rendition of “Silent Night”. Meanwhile, SESAME STREET’s beloved Cookie Monster makes appearances throughout the special in comedic skits with the Canadian singer-songwriter. Encore presentation airs Thursday, Dec. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (2011)
Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 17 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO
A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS
is tastier and more dangerous than a cup of spiked eggnog. With the racy and incomparable Pamela Anderson playing the Virgin Mary, the one-hour special features Brampton, Ontario’s favourite son paying tribute to the holidays with a mix of stand-up, sketch, stop-motion animation, and musical performances. Along with Pamela Anderson, helping him celebrate the holidays is a cast of international and Canadian superstars including: Canadian icon Michael Bublé; THE LOVE BOAT’s infamous bartender Isaac, Ted Lange; comedic actor Faizon Love; SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alumnus Jon Lovitz; and fellow Bramptonian Scott Thompson (THE KIDS IN THE HALL). Encore presentation airs Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS (2013)

Broadcast: Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Local librarian Cherie (Lindy Booth, COPPER), is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that a real estate developer, Tony (Robin Dunne, Beyond Sherwood Forest), has plans to demolish her library. Cherie rallies her neighbours to help save the library with a Christmas tree decorating contest. Not to be deterred, Tony joins the competition and recruits professional interior designer, Cordelia (Melanie Brown, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT), to help him win the contest and beat Cherie.

BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS (2012)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Casper Van DienRachel Wilson, and Ella Ballentine

Featuring a special appearance by Toronto’s Darren B. Lamb of 104.5 CHUM FM, BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS follows former colleagues Kyle (Casper Van Dien, MONK) and Jenna (Rachel Wilson, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND) who reunite in New York on Christmas Eve to discover that their married siblings Tricia (Natalie Lisinska, INSECURITY) and Jim (Noah Cappe, THE DATING GUY) are facing severe financial problems. When Tricia and Jim are rushed to the hospital in labour with their second child, Kyle and Jenna must take care of their niece Karen (Ella Ballentine, The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk). Karen lets her aunt and uncle in on her parents’ plan to win $25,000 in a contest for the first baby born on Christmas.

MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (2011)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Tricia HelferGreg Bryk, and Tedde Moore
In the Canadian film MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN, Santa Claus, (Martin O’Carrigan, Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser) loses his holiday spirit. Mrs. Claus (Tedde Moore, THE KENNEDYS), comes up with a master plan to help him recapture his bliss in the one place she knows the spirit of Christmas must still exist: New York City.

CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR (2013)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Shannon Elizabeth, Steve Byers, and Julia Lalonde; featuring cameos by THE SOCIAL’s Melissa Grelo and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Traci Melchor
Nikki Cranston (Shannon Elizabeth, American Reunion) is a pop music superstar who has everything she could ever want, except the right man to love. She hasn’t found her true love ever since her high school sweetheart Chris (Steve Byers, THE L.A. COMPLEX), a now-widowed New Jersey high school basketball coach. However, once Chris’ 10-year-old daughter Sophie (Julia Lalonde, GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS) finds out that Nikki was her dad’s ex-girlfriend, she makes other plans, setting out to reunite her dad with the wildly famous songstress. But the glaring spotlight, and Nikki’s wary business handlers, could put the clamps on the reunion before Nikki and Chris have a second chance at love. This romantic holiday film features special appearances by THE SOCIAL’s Melissa Grelo and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Traci Melchor.

CHRISTMAS SONG (2012)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 20 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Natasha HenstridgeGabriel Hogan, and Amanda Thomson
The heart-felt movie CHRISTMAS SONG includes a special appearance by ETALK’s Ben Mulroney. The romantic movie follows two music teachers, Diana (Natasha Henstridge, THE SECRET CIRCLE) and Ken (Gabe Hogan, HEARTLAND), along with two students from each of their classes Liz (Amanda Thompson, TOTALLY AMP’D), Amy (Brittany Adams, WINGIN’ IT), Billy (Jack Ettlinger, CANADA’S GOT TALENT), and Carlos (Kent Nolan, CORNER GAS) who compete in a Christmas song competition where the winner gets to keep their job along with a $10,000 prize to put towards the music program. After months of rehearsing and budding heads, Diana and Ken coincidentally get set up on a blind date, and slowly start to understand that they have more in common than just their love for music.

A VERY MERRY MIX UP (2013)
Broadcast: Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Alicia Witt, Scott Gibson, and Mark Wiebe
Alice Chapman (Alicia Witt, THE MENTALIST) is nervous to meet her future in-laws at Christmas, especially because she is arriving ahead of her new fiancé, Will Mitchum (Scott Gibson, THE PACIFIC). Alice's trip turns upside down after her luggage is lost and her phone is damaged, leaving her no way to find Will's family. As fate would have it, she meets her future brother-in-law, Matt Mitchum (Mark Wiebe, NIKITA), at baggage claim and is happy to get a ride home with him. As Alice meets Matt's doting family, she falls in love with their festive holiday traditions and warm welcome to their home. And when an unexpected romance begins to develop between Alice and her fiancé’s brother Matt, she must decide if her “merry mix-up” will actually turn out to be her destiny.

FINDING CHRISTMAS (2013)
Broadcast: Monday, Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Tricia Helfer, JT Hodges, Mark Lutz, and Cristina Rosato
Ryan (Tricia Helfer, KILLER WOMEN), is a single mother who has given up on men after her divorce. However, her life changes when her brother Owen (Country music star JT Hodges) swaps his home in their small North Carolina town with Sean (Mark Lutz, GHOST WHISPERER), an advertising executive from a New York City. Sparks fly for Owen in his new digs in the Big Apple with Sean’s assistant Mia (Cristina Rosato, ROOKIE BLUE), and Ryan feels an instant spark when she meets her new neighbour, Mark, living in her brother’s house. But as time runs out for both romances and the temporary holiday home swap comes to an end, the switch provides a second chance for both men to find love.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951)
Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Starring: Alastair SimJack WarnerKathleen Harrison

This 1951 black-and-white version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Alistair Sim (MISLEADING CASES), is widely considered to be the definitive of the many film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Encore presentation airs Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE (2012)

Broadcast: Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 4 on CTV.ca and CTV GO

Starring: Aidan Quinn, MacKenzie Porter, and Kari Matchett

Inspired by real-life events, a cowboy-outfitter Matt Davidson (Aidan Quinn, ELEMENTARY) has decided to sell his family ranch and find work in the city. His wife Avril (Kari Matchett, COVERT AFFAIRS) and son Kenny (Edward Ruttle, THREE WEEKS, THREE KIDS, HELLCATS) have embraced the move, but his daughter Nicki (MacKenzie Porter, HELL ON WHEELS), who dreams of being an outfitter and mountain guide like her dad, is shocked and angry. In late December 2008, two starving horses are discovered high up on the Rockies, trapped in a six foot-deep prison of snow more than 30 miles from any road. After seeing the spirit in their eyes, Nicki commits to getting them off the mountain – somehow. With no other options, she picks up a shovel and starts to dig out the mile-long path in deep snow, inspiring her father, family, and an entire community to pitch in.

THE HELP (2011)
Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available Dec. 27 – Jan. 3 on CTV.ca and CTV GO
Starring:
Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
THE HELP
stars Golden Globe®-nominated actress Emma Stone (The Amazing Spiderman) as Skeeter, Academy Award®-nominated Viola Davis (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER) as Aibileen, and Academy Award®-winner Octavia Spencer (Paradise) as Minny. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, these three very different yet extraordinary women form an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed – even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

BEE MOVIE (2007)
Broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Starring:
Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick and Chris Rock

A recent college graduate, Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld, SEINFELD) wants more out of life than the inevitable career that awaits him and every other worker in New Hive City--a job at Honex making honey. Barry jumps at the chance to venture out of the hive, and soon encounters a world beyond his wildest dreams. When Barry inadvertently meets a quirky florist named Vanessa (Academy Award®-winner Renée Zellweger, Cold Mountain), he breaks one of the cardinal rules of beedom--he talks to her. A friendship soon develops, and Barry gets a guided crash course in the ways of the human race. When he shockingly discovers that anyone can purchase honey right off the grocery store shelf, he realizes that his true calling is to stop this injustice and set the world right by suing the human race for stealing the bees' precious honey.

RITA MACNEIL: ON A PERSONAL NOTE (1998)

Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Rita MacNeil acknowledges a terrible secret she has harboured for years. But personal setbacks have failed to prevent her from living her dream with talent and integrity intact.

Sprinkled with performance, the documentary takes a revealing look at the personal history and rise to fame of the singer, prolific songwriter, television and recording artist, businesswoman, author and recipient of the Order of Canada.

ETALK PRESENTS: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

Broadcast: Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
ETALK prepares viewers for the rebellion in the next instalment of The Hunger Games film series. In a Canadian television exclusive, ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1 features interviews with the stars of the box office hit franchise including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland, as they sit down with ETALK’s Danielle Graham (McGimsie).

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1

Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

NEW HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODES

GRIMM – “The Grimm Who Stole Christmas”

Broadcast Premiere: Friday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to investigate a bizarre string of home invasions that lead to an even stranger Wesen phenomena. Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) has a very special Christmas surprise in store for Rosalee (Bree Turner). Meanwhile, Truble (Jacqueline Toboni) comes to a life changing realization that will affect everyone.

CASTLE – “Bad Santa”

Broadcast Premiere: Monday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Lanie (Tamala Jones) reach a defining moment in their relationship.

THE FLASH – “The Man In The Yellow Suit”

Broadcast Premiere: Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Barry (Grant Gustin) finds himself face-to-face with his nemesis, the man in the yellow suit, a.k.a. Reverse Flash, who killed his mother. Barry is frustrated when the Reverse Flash escapes, but Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) come up with a plan to trap him. All they need is bait, so they turn to Dr. Tina McGee (Amanda Pays, The Santa Trap) from Mercury Labs to help. Meanwhile, it's Christmas at The West household and Iris (Candice Patton) is in full holiday cheer. Eddie (Rick Cosnett) gives her a surprising gift but also leaves her with a question that could change her life. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) joins the search for the man in yellow and ends up in the crossfire. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) finds Ronnie (Robbie Amell).

ARROW – “The Climb”

Broadcast Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Nyssa (Katrina Law, SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED) returns to Starling City and tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) that her father, Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable, Riddick ) has given Oliver 48 hours to find Sara's killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is stunned when her father (Paul Blackthorne) delivers a very special Christmas gift - her mother, Dinah (Alex Kingston, DOCTOR WHO). Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) tries to make amends with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Oliver sets a meeting with Ra's al Ghul.

THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Clean Room Infiltration”

Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) nearly come to blows and turn to Raj (Kunal Nayyar) for help in dealing with a work emergency. Meanwhile, Amy (Mayim Bialik) throws an authentic Victorian Christmas party, and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge on her for making him celebrate the holidays.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – “Christmas Through Your Eyes”

Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

With the holidays approaching, Bonnie (Kat Graham) attempts to replicate her favorite traditions, while reminiscing about happier times with her friends. Not able to return home to Mystic Falls for her favorite time of the year, Caroline (Candice Accola) is surprised when Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) brings the holidays to her at Whitmore College. Meanwhile, after discovering that Jo (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, PRISON BREAK) has gone missing, Alaric (Matt Davis) turns to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) for help, while Liv (Penelope Mitchell, HEMLOCK GROVE) and Luke (Chris Brochu, MELISSA & JOEY) find themselves at odds when Tyler (Michael Trevino) approaches them with a risky plan.

THE MCCARTHYS – “Red Sox Swap”

Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television premiere

When Pam (Alyson Hannigan, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), the McCarthys’ upstairs tenant, is heartbroken over a recent breakup, Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf) invites her to celebrate Christmas with the family and watch them play their extremely competitive annual gift exchange game, “Red Sox Swap.”

 

RETURNING HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODES

THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis”

Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 5 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV

Christmas is a source of stress for Leonard (Johnny Galecki)  - whose handsome colleague starts dating Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) - and his friends, who are being tormented by Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) obsession with gift-giving etiquette.

THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Santa Simulation”

Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 12 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) revisits some Christmas memories during a game of Dungeons and Dragons, while Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) try to find a girl for Koothrappali, when he joins the girls for ladies' night.

THE MENTALIST – “Jolly Red Elf”

Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 14 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV
The CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) pursues two lines of investigation when a Santa is murdered. Meanwhile, following the demise of a person in custody at the CBI, J.J. LaRoche (Pruitt Taylor Vince, TRUE BLOOD) is brought in to question the team when it appears to be an inside job.

THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Maternal Congruence”

Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 19 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV
A visit from Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) mother delights Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and horrifies Leonard.

CASTLE – “Secret Santa”

Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 21 at Midnight ET/PT on CTV
Available on-demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO following its television airing

When a bearded, rotund man in a red Santa suit with an ID reading Kris Kringle falls from the sky in Central Park, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are on the hunt to find the person who killed Santa. But everything isn't holiday cheer, as they discover St. Nick may have been more naughty than nice. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett prepare for their first Christmas together.

CORNER GAS – “Merry Gasmas”

Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Emma (Janet Wright) plans to have a traditional Christmas, but finds that her idea of "traditional" is in conflict with Brent's (Brent Butt) fond childhood memories of Christmases past; Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) decides to return to Toronto to visit her family, but bad weather sends her in the wrong direction. She eventually realizes that "home" isn't where she thought it was. Hank (Fred Ewanuick) tries to help a less fortunate family, and learns that the needy don't always need the attention; meanwhile, Wanda (Nancy Robertson) has her own needs: she has to get this year's hot toy for her son, or suffer the consequences. 


For more information, please contact:

Ama Sechere, CTV Networks, 416.384.2066 or ama.sechere@bellmedia.ca

Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca