‘Tis the Season for Marathon Programming: M3 Decks the Holidays with Festive Specials and Must-See Marathons Beginning December

— November 26, 2014

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 TORONTO (November 26, 2014) – This holiday season, M3 gives the gift of cheerful specials, movie premieres, and must-see marathons. Viewers get a special treat from the PLL gang with the first PRETTY LITTLE LIARS holiday special, “How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas’, premiering Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The festivities continue with heart-warming movies, and M3 has viewers covered, with movie premieres airing all month long, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning Monday, Dec. 1.

 This December, viewers can catch-up on the hottest series with a variety of marathon programming beginning with the CHRISTMAS EPISODE MARATHON (Friday, Dec. 19, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET), featuring holiday-themed episodes of fan-favourites MIKE & MOLLY, THE MCCARTHYS, and ANGER MANAGEMENT. Then M3 joins fashion icon, actress, author, and entrepreneur Nicole Richie as she brings her unfiltered sense of humour to the CANDIDLY NICOLE MARATHON (Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning at 12 p.m. ET), and viewers hunt for Red John back-to-back in Part 1 and 2 of THE MENTALIST MARATHON (Saturday, Dec. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 21, beginning at 4 p.m. ET).

 The marathons continue on M3 with the Season 2 REIGN CATCH-UP MARATHON (Saturday, Dec. 27, beginning at 4 p.m. ET), viewers get up to date PLL-style with the Season 5A PRETTY LITTLE LIARS CATCH-UP MARATHON (Sunday, Dec. 28, beginning at 11 a.m. ET), music aficionados take a trip in a time machine with the RETRO 30-A-THON (Monday, Dec. 29, beginning at 6 a.m. ET), the adventurous let it all hang out with the Season 1 DATING NAKED MARATHON (Thursday, Jan. 1, beginning at 8 a.m. ET), and detectives crack the cases in Season 3 and 4 with the FRANKLIN & BASH MARATHON (Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 4, beginning at 2 p.m. ET).


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Below is a sample of M3 holiday highlights. Click HERE for the complete schedule.


Tuesday, Dec. 9


In the first PRETTY LITTLE LIARS holiday special entitled “How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas”, premiering at 8 p.m. ET, the holidays are quickly approaching and all of Rosewood is full of merriment. All, that is, except for Aria (Lucy Hale, PRIVILEGED), Emily (Shay Mitchell, AARON STONE), Hanna (Ashley Benson, RAVENSWOOD), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario, LAUREN), who aren’t feeling much holiday cheer after the loss of Mona (Janel Parrish, DROP DEAD DIVA), and Spencer’s murder charge looming over them. But when an opportunity presents itself with the chance to get evidence to clear Spencer’s name, the girls devise a plan to get justice for Mona and finally bring Alison (Sasha Pieterse, HEROES) down.


Friday, Dec. 19


From 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET, M3 puts viewers in the holiday spirit with the CHRISTMAS EPISODE MARATHON, featuring MIKE & MOLLY, THE MCCARTHYS, and ANGER MANAGEMENT.


Saturday, Dec. 20


Join entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer, actress, mother, and fashion innovator Nicole Richie as she holds nothing back in the Season 1 marathon of CANDIDLY NICOLE, beginning at 12 p.m. ET.


Saturday, Dec. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 21


Join California Bureau of Investigation consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, The Devil Wears Prada) as he hunts for Red John, the madman who killed his wife and daughter on Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Hunt for Red John”, airing back-to-back, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Saturday, Dec. 27


Viewers get a history lesson with the Season 2 REIGN CATCH-UP MARATHON, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

 Sunday, Dec. 28


Beginning at 11 a.m. ET, join the girls for a Season 5A catch up of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

 Monday, Dec. 29


Take a trip back in time with the RETRO 30-A-THON, featuring the top episodes from the past year. Hosted by Gaby Henderson, the blast from the past begins at 6 a.m. ET.

 Thursday, Jan. 1


Get matched-up this holiday season with a full Season 1 marathon of DATING NAKED. The awkward and clothes-less dates begin at 8 a.m. ET.

 Wednesday, Jan. 3 – Thursday, Jan. 4


Beginning at 2 p.m. ET, viewers can catch up on Season 3 and 4 of FRANKLIN & BASH and follow lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer, KING OF THE HILL) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, SAVED BY THE BELL) as they continue to crack high-profile cases.

About M3:

M3 is an all-new, larger-than-life channel that delivers the entertainment needs of its audience. A destination channel for the 30-something crowd, M3 engages its viewers with music, the hottest scripted series, reality programming, and feature films. M3 is distributed via cable and satellite to more than six million households across Canada. M3 is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more information about M3, visit m3tv.ca.


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For more information, please contact:

Jessica Charbonneau, Music & Entertainment, 416.384.3016 or Jessica.charbonneau@bellmedia.ca