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TORONTO (November 26, 2013) – Capture the true meaning of the holidays this season with eight new movies that celebrate love, hope, family, and the spirit of the season on CTV and CTV Two beginning Saturday, Dec. 7. A popular holiday tradition, each year new holiday-themed movies emerge as instant fan favourites with Canadian viewers and customarily win their timeslots. Destined to become family holiday favourites, this year’s slate of movies tell heart-warming stories about finding love in the most unexpected places.
**Media Note** – Download photos from the 2013 CTV holiday movies at BellMediaPR.ca. Please note that all programming is subject to change.
L-R TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS, CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR featuring a cameo by THE SOCIAL and CP24’s Melissa Grelo, and A VERY MERRY MIX-UP.
- A VERY MERRY MIX-UP (Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) starring Alicia Witt (THE MENTALIST);
- CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER (Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two) starring James Brolin (BLACKOUT);
- CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT (Monday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two) starring Kellie Martin (ER);
- CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR (Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) starring Shannon Elizabeth (American Reunion) with a special appearance by THE SOCIAL and CP24’s Melissa Grelo and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Traci Melchor;
- PETE’S CHRISTMAS (Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) starring Bailee Madison (TROPHY WIFE);
- FINDING CHRISTMAS (Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two) starring Tricia Helfer (THE FIRM);
- ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS (Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) starring Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT);
- THE TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS (Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), starring Melanie Brown (AMERICA’S GOT TALENT).
New CTV Holiday Movies (chronological BY DatE)
All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
A VERY MERRY MIX-UP
Premieres, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
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.
CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER
Premieres Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
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.
Premieres Monday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
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.
CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR
Premieres Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
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 movie features special appearances by THE SOCIAL and CP24’s Melissa Grelo and THE SOCIAL and ETALK’s Traci Melchor.
Premieres Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
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 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.
Premieres Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
Ryan (Tricia Helfer, Dangerous Intuition,) is a single mother who has given up on men after her divorce. However, her life changes when her brother Owen (Country music star J.T. 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.
ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS
Premieres Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
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.
THE TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS
Premieres Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Local librarian Cherie (Lindy Booth, COPPER), is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that a real estate developer, Tony (Robin Dunn, 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.
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