‘Tis the Season to be Watching… CTV’s 2014 Holiday Programming Headlined by Premieres of MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL a

— December 3, 2014

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TORONTO (December 3, 2014) The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year is on as CTV unwraps its full holiday programming lineup today, trimmed with two highly anticipated network broadcast premiere events: MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Dec. 15) and CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (Dec. 17).This December, CTV also presents blockbuster films (THE HELP and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 and 2), timeless classics (IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL), and a fresh batch of Hallmark holiday movies. CTV is also making its festive programming available on demand throughout the holiday season with Holidays on CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

In keeping with the tradition of holiday made-for-TV movies, CTV’s lineup treats viewers to four new heart-warming films: ANGELS AND ORNAMENTS (Dec. 7) starring Jessalyn Gilsig (GLEE) and Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT); ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS (Dec. 13) starring Sarah Carter (The Vow) and Paul Popowich (THE BRIDGE); BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER (Dec 21) starring Torrey DeVitto (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) and Steve Lund (BITTEN); and THE CHRISTMAS PARADE (Dec. 20), starring AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Jefferson Brown (ROOKIE BLUE), Jennifer Gibson (Maps to the Stars), and Drew Scott (PROPERTY BROTHERS), with special cameos by ETALK Reporter Devon Soltendieck and INNERSPACE Co-Host Morgan Hoffman.

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Canada’s #1 entertainment show, ETALK, delivers a whopping total of 10 new original specials for showbiz enthusiasts and pop culture junkies over the holidays, including the team’s annual year-end special, ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS (Dec. 16). Anchored by the exclusive 30 minute original special, ETALK & THE HOBBIT: ONE LAST TIME (Dec. 22), ETALK’s lineup of specials also include ETALK PRESENTS CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (Dec. 12), ETALK 2014: HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE (Dec. 19), and ETALK PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 (Dec. 22). CTV’s daytime series THE SOCIAL also returns with its second annual year-end review, THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP (Dec 19).

CTV and CTV Two also welcome back holiday fan favourites and timeless classics including IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dec. 6), SHREK THE HALLS (Dec. 7), SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (Dec. 13), Michael Bublé’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special (Dec 14), A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (Dec 16), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Dec. 23), THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE (Dec. 25), and more; as well as holiday-themed episodes of CTV’s hit programming such as THE FLASH, ARROW, CASTLE, THE BIG BANG THEORY, GRIMM, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and more.

Now through Jan. 4, Canadians can conveniently watch or re-watch their favourite CTV holiday programs on smartphones, tablets, and computer screens when and where they want with Holidays on CTV.ca and CTV GO. From Hollywood blockbusters and holiday classics, to made-for-TV movies, more than 25 titles and 50 hours of programming will be made available, including the 1970s stop-motion holiday classic SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN. Plus, viewers can watch CTV’s new and returning Hallmark movies online. CLICK HERE for complete list of holiday programs available on Holidays on CTV.ca and CTV GO. Continuing the tradition of great family viewing online, CTV.ca is also home to the first two full seasons of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

CTV and CTV Two 2014 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUPchronological BY DatE 

****For complete synopses of CTV’s 2014 holiday programming lineup, including online and CTV go availability, CLICK HERE ****

All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times and BellMediaPR.ca to confirm the holiday programming lineup).

Friday, Dec. 5

9 p.m. – GRIMM *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

Midnight – THE BIG BANG THEORY *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* (CTV)

Saturday, Dec. 6

3 p.m. – SURVIVING CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

4:30 p.m. – THE 110TH SANTA CLAUS PARADE *ENCORE* (CTV)
8 p.m. – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT (CTV Two)

Midnight – COME DANCE WITH ME (CTV)

Sunday, Dec. 7

7:30 p.m. – SHREK THE HALLS (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – ANGELS AND ORNAMENTS *NEW* (CTV Two)

Monday, Dec. 8

10 p.m. – CASTLE *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

Tuesday, Dec. 9

8 p.m. – THE FLASH *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

Wednesday, Dec. 10

8 p.m. – ARROW *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

Thursday Dec. 11

8 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE VAMPIRE DIARIES *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV Two)

Friday, Dec. 12

7 p.m. – etalk Presents Corner Gas: The MOVIE *NEW* (CTV)

7:30 p.m. – etalk Presents Corner Gas: The MOVIE *ENCORE* (CTV Two)

Saturday, Dec. 13

3 p.m. – CHRISTMAS MAGIC (CTV Two)

7 p.m. – SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (CTV)

8 p.m. – ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER (CTV Two)

Midnight – ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS (CTV)

Sunday, Dec. 14

7 p.m. – RITA MACNEIL PRESENTS MEN OF THE DEEPS (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – PETE’S CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – MICHAEL BUBLé’S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (CTV)

Midnight – THE MENTALIST *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* (CTV Two)

Monday, Dec. 15

8 p.m. – MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL *NEW* (CTV)

Tuesday, Dec 16

8 p.m. – ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS *NEW* (CTV)

9 p.m. – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (CTV)

Wednesday, Dec. 17

8 p.m. – CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE *NEW* (Super-Simulcast on CTV and CTV Two)

Thursday, Dec. 18

8 p.m. – TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

9:30 p.m. – THE MCCARTHYS *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* *NEW* (CTV)

Friday, Dec. 19

7 p.m. – etalk 2014: Holiday Movie Guide *NEW* (CTV)

7:30 p.m. – etalk 2014: Holiday Movie Guide *ENCORE* (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP *NEW* (CTV)

Midnight – THE BIG BANG THEORY *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* (CTV)

Saturday, Dec. 20

3 p.m. – BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

7 p.m. – MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (CTV)

8 p.m. – CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – THE CHRISTMAS PARADE *NEW* (CTV)

Midnight – CHRISTMAS SONG (CTV)

Sunday, Dec. 21

8 p.m. – BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER *NEW* (CTV)

Midnight – CASTLE *HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODE* (CTV)

Monday, Dec. 22

7 p.m. – ETALK PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 *NEW* (CTV)

7:30 P.M. – etalk & The Hobbit: One Last Time *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (CTV)

8 p.m. – A VERY MERRY MIX-UP (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – FINDING CHRISTMAS (CTV)

Tuesday, Dec. 23

7 p.m. – ETALK 2014: THE PAGE TURNERS *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – SHREK THE HALLS (CTV)

8:30 p.m. – Corner Gas – “Merry Gasmas” *Holiday Themed Episode* (CTV)

8 p.m. – A CHRISTMAS CAROL (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL *ENCORE* (CTV)

Wednesday, Dec. 24

7 p.m. – ETALK 2014: THE CANADIANS *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (CTV)

8 p.m. – BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER *ENCORE* (CTV Two)

11:30 p.m. – A CHRISTMAS CAROL (CTV)

Thursday, Dec. 25

7 p.m. – ETALK 2014: HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE *ENCORE* (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE CHRISTMAS PARADE *ENCORE* (CTV Two)

10 p.m. – MICHAEL BUBLé’S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (CTV)

Friday, Dec. 26

7 p.m. – ETALK 2014: BEST IN MUSIC *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE HELP (CTV)

Saturday, Dec. 27

3 p.m. – BEE MOVIE (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE *ENCORE* (CTV)

Sunday, Dec. 28

7 p.m. – RITA MACNEIL: ON A PERSONAL NOTE (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – THE SOCIAL: YEAR IN GOSSIP *ENCORE* (CTV)

9 p.m. – ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS *ENCORE* (CTV)

Monday, Dec. 29

7 p.m. – ETALK PRESENTS: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 *ENCORE* (CTV)

Tuesday, Dec 30

7 p.m. – ETALK & THE HOBBIT: ONE LAST TIME *ENCORE* (CTV)

8 p.m. – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (CTV)

Wednesday, Dec. 31

7 p.m. – ETALK 2014: STARS AND SCANDALS (30 MIN VERSION) (CTV)

8 p.m. – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 *NEW* (CTV)

Thursday, Jan 1

7 p.m. – ETALK PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 *ENCORE* (CTV)

Friday, Jan. 2

7 p.m. etalk: Fast Forward 2015 *NEW* (CTV)


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