December 2007

“Mambo Italiano” – Saturday, December 29th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: Paul Sorvino, Luke Kirby and Peter Miller

Angelo Barberini (Kirby) is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino (Sorvino) and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the United States. Angelo shocks his uber – traditional parents by moving out on his own before marriage, and sends them into a downward emotional spiral when he reveals that he’s gay. However, his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi (Miller) isn’t as ready to come out of the closet — especially not to his busybody mother, Lina.

“Any Given Sunday” – Wednesday, December 26th

8:00PM ET/CT/MT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary

Starring: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J

An aging football coach (Pacino) finds himself struggling with his personal and professional life while trying to hold his team together under new management. The star quarterback has been knocked out of the game and a rookie player (Foxx) replaces him only to become exposed to the inside world of professional sports. Meanwhile, the coach finds himself constantly at battle with the team owner’s money and power hungry daughter (Diaz) intent on proving herself in a man’s world.

“Alien vs. Predator” – Friday, December 21st

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Available in High Definition on Citytv HD Toronto

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova and Lance Henriksen

An expedition of archaeologists on Earth discover an Aztec temple hidden under the Antarctic Circle, housing a host of Alien creatures. A group of coming-of-age Predators have also come to the temple, as it has long been a training ground for their race. A battle between the species ensues with the humans caught in the middle.

“Christmas Card” – Sunday, December 23rd

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Available in High Definition on Citytv HD Toronto

Starring: Alice Evans, John Newton, Edward Asner, Brian Robinson
In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Cody Cullen is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman from the picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

“Chasing Christmas” – Saturday, December 22nd

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth and Jed Rees

A Christmas Carol – with a twist! The Bureau of Yuletide Affairs chooses one soul every year that is in need of a Spiritual Guilt Trip, visiting them with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. But this year, the Ghost of Christmas Past decides to escape the spirit world, trapping his subject Jack as well in his own past — suburban 1962. The Ghost of Christmas Present is sent to right things before the paradox destroys all of creation.

“The Family Man” – Wednesday, December 19th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle

On Christmas Eve, two days before pulling off a multi-billion-dollar merger, Wall Street hot-shot Jack Campbell (Cage) gets a message from a woman he almost married 13 years before (Leoni). Christmas morning, Jack wakes up next to his old girlfriend, in some sort of parallel universe. Over the next few weeks, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d married her: a house in Jersey, two children, bowling trophies, a job at his father-in-law’s tire store and a lot of love from his wife Kate. All this leaves Jack wondering which of his lives would have truly make him happiest?

“Too Cool for Christmas” – Monday, December 17th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: George Hamilton and Brooke Nevin

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Deerfield wants absolutely nothing to do with her family this Christmas. When a mall Santa asks Lindsay for help revamping his look in a last ditch attempt to rekindle his relationship with the missus, she agrees and launches a full beauty attack. The closer she gets to the whiskery old man, the more Lindsay begins to feel the Christmas spirit. Could this mall Santa be the real deal?

Spice Girls: Giving You Everything (Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.)

Premiering just days after the start of their world tour in Vancouver, the North American premiere of Spice Girls: Giving You Everything is a one-hour music special that tells the story of five girls: Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton, (a.k.a. Posh, Ginger, Scary, Sporty and Baby) who shook up the world and lived to tell the tale. There was no downward spiral into drugs and wasted opportunity – instead the girls became women who, in their own unique way, have carried on the ethos of girl power they advocated in the late nineties. The special takes viewers back in time to where it all began, and hear how the girls dreamed of making it in the male dominated world of showbiz.

Narrated by the five women themselves, and accompanied by archive footage from around the globe, the women recount why their original group of five became four, the impact it had on each of them and why eventually, after four years of dominating the pop world, they decided to go their separate ways. Finally, they make their way to the press conference podium to announce what their fans thought they might never hear – that the Spice Girls are back to re-claim their place as the most talked about group on the planet!

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day (Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day stars Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) and Vadim Imperioli, Michael Imperioli’s son, in his acting film debut. Michael Imperioli plays Chick Benetto, a broken-down former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and despair. He returns one night to his small hometown with plans to take his life. Suddenly, Chick is magically granted one more day with his departed mother, Posey Benetto (Burstyn) who illuminates the secrets of both their lives and shows him a way to redemption.

Samantha Mathis (The Punisher, American Psycho) plays the younger Posey and Scott Cohen (Law & Order: Trial by Jury, The Return of Jezebel James) plays Chick’s father. Vadim Imperioli, plays the role of the younger Chick.

Shrek the Halls (Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.)

Shrek, everyone’s favourite ogre, brings his loveable charm to the small screen in the brand-new, half-hour holiday special Shrek the Halls, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. In Shrek the Halls, Shrek is ready to sit back, relax and enjoy his “happily ever after” life with his new family, when the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona 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, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiralling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.