December 2009

Cristina has been pretty free of personal drama since that who Burke catastrophe, but recently, her plotlines are revolving around relationships and there’s much more to come in the near future for her and a certain former army doctor! However, it looks like they just might brave the storm

According to E! Online’s most recent Q&A there’s more in store for these two when the series finally returns in the new year.

Q: Please tell me there is hope for Owen and Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy! I love them, and all this stuff with Teddy (Kim Raver) is giving me a coronary.

A: You are so not alone! But the good news is that I’m assured by a source that we have not seen the last of Cristina and Owen happy and together.

Word is there are many big fans among the Grey’s Anatomy writers of these two, and Shonda Rhimes herself just tweeted: “I love Owen and Cristina too. A ton of Owen and Cristina stuff is coming up. In January. When we air again.”

Is it January yet?

Global makes fans’ holiday wishes come true this year with hours and hours of jam-packed TV fun. From sizzling lingerie-clad models to heart-warming specials and exciting finales, fans can avoid the mall mayhem from the comforts of their homes with the best in comedy, drama, and holiday fare this season.

The hottest fashion show on TV returns on Tuesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT.  The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum with performances by the award-winning Black Eyed Peas, is sure to warm the winter chills.  And just as the weather gets frightful, Global gets even more delightful with the Fall Finale of the #1 new comedy, Glee on Wednesday, December 9 – 9pm ET/PT – the competition heats up as the glee club heads to sectionals.  Next up, learn to julienne with flair in time for your holiday dinner with Gordon Ramsay’s Cook-along Live on Tuesday, December 15 – 9pm ET/PT. Then take a trip down memory lane with the Saturday Night Live 2-Hour Holiday Special. Bust a gut with a collection of the best holiday sketches from the show’s amazing 35-year history.  Finally, fans can sit back and enjoy tribal council to find out who succeeded to outwit, outplay and outlast with the Survivor: Samoa  3-Hour Finale on Sunday, December 20 starting at 8pm ET/PT.

GLOBAL’S DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show *SPECIAL* – Tuesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and musical guest Rihanna – Saturday, December 5 – 11:30pm ET/PT

The Grinch *MOVIE SPECIAL STARRING JIM CARREY* – Monday, December 7 – 8pm ET/PT

The Office *HOLIDAY EPISODE ENCORE* – Monday December 7 – 10:30pm ET/PT

Glee *FALL FINALE* – Wednesday, December 9 – 9pm ET/PT

Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 *SPECIAL* – Wednesday, December 9 – 10pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host Taylor Lautner (New Moon) and musical guest Bon Jovi – Saturday, December 12 – 11:30pm ET/PT

The Simpsons *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 8pm ET/PT

The Cleveland Show *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 8:30pm ET/PT

Family Guy *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 9pm ET/PT

American Dad *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 9:30pm ET/PT

House *HOLIDAY EPISODE ENCORE* – Monday, December 14 – 8pm ET/PT

Gordon Ramsay’s Cook-along Live *SPECIAL* – Tuesday, December 15 – 9pm ET/PT

Catch the encore on Food Network Wednesday, December 16 – 10pm ET

Saturday Night Live Christmas 2009 *2-HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL* – Wednesday, December 16 – 9pm ET/PT

Santa Claus Parade *ENCORE PRESENTATION* – Saturday, December 19 – 8pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host James Franco and musical guest Muse – Saturday, December 19 – 11:30pm ET/PT

Survivor: Samoa *3-HOUR FINALE* – Sunday, December 20 – 8pm ET/PT

Holmes in New Orleans *ENCORE PRESENTATION* – Monday, December 21 & 28 – 10pm ET/PT

Christmas Choir *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Tuesday, December 22 – 9pm ET/PT

Christmas Town *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Wednesday, December 23 – 9pm ET/PT

The Road To Christmas *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Thursday, December 24 – 8pm ET/PT

His & Her Christmas *HOLDIAY MOVIE* – Friday, December 25 – 7pm ET/PT

Christmas Capers *HOLDIAY MOVIE* – Friday, December 25 – 9pm ET/PT

Mall Santa *CANADIAN ORIGINAL* – Thursday, December 24 – 10pm ET/PT

Tuesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show returns back to New York with host and model Heidi Klum. Current Victoria’s Secret Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr will be joined by the brand’s new contracted spokeswomen Emanuela De Paula and Lindsay Ellingson. This one-hour spectacular features performances by the Grammy award-winning group the Black Eyed Peas, red carpet interviews, special features and, of course, the most beautiful supermodels in the world. The runway show will also feature the $3 million Harlequin Fantasy Bra designed by renowned Italian jeweler Damiani and worn by Supermodel Marisa Miller.

Monday, December 1 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Gemini Award-nominated documentary GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS AND THE FIN DE SIECLE is a tale of love, fame, overwhelming loss and, ultimately, of renewal. Directed and produced by Annette Mangaard, GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS AND THE FIN DE SIECLE explores the cultural, social and artistic legacy of one of Canada’s most internationally celebrated artists’ collectives, General Idea, and the sole surviving member, A.A. Bronson. General Idea generated an enormous body of work, exploring pop culture, consumerism, media and celebrity, culminating in a shift to political activism at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Bronson narrates this documentary lending personal relevancy to a poignant story of art and sexual politics.

Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, from the Canadian homegrown smash hit THE AFTER SHOW, invade New York City on Tuesday, December 1. Live from New York, the gurus of gossip host a star-studded, two-and-a-half hour event from MTV’s headquarters in Times Square and set to broadcast direct across North America. The festivities kick-off at 9 p.m. ET with a one-hour, tell-all special hosted by Dan and Jessi: CAST CONFESSIONS: FROM THE HILLS TO THE CITY, offering up juicy details about all the drama this season. Immediately following, catch the back-to-back season finales of THE HILLS at 10 p.m. ET and THE CITY at 10:30 p.m. ET. The night rounds off at 11 p.m. ET with the half-hour special THE HILLS AND THE CITY FINALE: LIVE IN NEW YORK where Dan and Jessi gab live with the casts about what transpired this season and what the future holds. Guests in attendance include Kristin Cavallari, Brody Jenner, Lo Bosworth, Stacie Hall, and Holly Montag from THE HILLS, and Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo, Erin Kaplan, and Roxy Olin from THE CITY.

Even though the seasons are coming to an end, fans can catch-up on Kristin’s love triangles and Olivia and Erin’s fight for power at ELLE Magazine in an all-day THE CITY and THE HILLS marathon on November 29, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. Full episodes of THE HILLS and THE CITY are available online at mtv.ca.

THE HILLS and THE CITY on MTV, December 1
CAST CONFESSIONS: FROM THE HILLS AND THE CITY (9-10 p.m. ET)
In this one-hour review special, Dan & Jessi get the dirt from the cast themselves on all the drama from the past season; what were they thinking, what we didn’t see. Fans also get a chance to see never before seen clips from this season.

THE HILLS Season Finale (10-10:30 p.m. ET)
In the season finale, Kristin decides she doesn’t want a relationship with Justin, but he’s determined not to let her go without a fight. Audrina finally frees herself from Justin for good. Brody gets cold feet when Jayde wants to move in with him, and Spencer sweats the possibility that Heidi might be pregnant.

THE CITY Season Finale (10:30 – 11 p.m. ET)
A sales presentation with Bergdorf Goodman doesn’t go quite as Whitney planned, but it leads to an even bigger opportunity for Whitney and her fledgling fashion line. Erin’s frustrations with Olivia reach new heights when the two must work together to put Joe Zee on-air for The Today Show.

THE HILLS AND THE CITY FINALE: LIVE IN NEW YORK (11 – 11:30 p.m. ET)
Dan and Jessi ask the questions fans really want answered immediately following the season finales, getting thoughts and reactions from the casts on the season that was. Will Kristin ever settle down? Will Whitney make it in the fashion industry on her own? THE AFTER SHOW’s gurus of gossip are sure to find out.

Bravo! is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of NUREYEV, starring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 winner Nico Archambault in his first major television role. Airing exclusively on Bravo! on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, the film marks World AIDS Day with a powerful performance celebrating the life of dance legend Rudolph Nureyev. National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson, who recently starred in Moze Mossanen’s critically acclaimed, Gemini Award-Winning film, ROXANA, co-stars opposite Archambault.

In the height of the Cold War, Russians lived, breathed and died for their country. But Rudolph Nureyev lived only for dance. When he took the stage, he captivated audiences with an exhilarating stage presence and a masculine, sexually-charged persona never before seen. Nureyev was offered everything, yet he left it all and defected to the West, leaving a political firestorm in his wake.

NUREYEV tells fictionalized accounts of Nureyev’s life through dance and dramatic monologues. Using original choreography created for the screen incorporating the memories of fictionalized characters, NUREYEV presents a multi-faceted portrait of one of the seminal performing arts figures of our time.

Nureyev died in 1993 of an AIDS related illness in Paris at the age of 54. Previous television briographies of Nureyev examined his life through documentary, archival and home movie footage. NUREYEV, however, is the first-ever portrait revealing the off-stage world of the famed dancer almost entirely through dance, namely the mythology he created, his own psychology and the iconography of his life. The film is also a unique hybrid between a live concert and a memory film, creating the immediacy of a theatrical experience, but also allowing for expressive effects achieved only through cinematography and editing.

NUREYEV star Nico Archambault is a Montreal native known for his phenomenal win on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1. Most recently, Nico was hand picked to participate in Janet Jackson’s upcoming music video. Archambault recently co-founded the choreography company Street Parade, who’s work has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2 and the up-and-coming Montreal musical ‘Le Blues D’ la Metropole’.  In addition, Archambault  recently teamed up with apparel retailer TXT Carbon to design a limited edition t-shirt, with a portion of the proceeds collected from the sale being donated to PREVNet (the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network). Archambault continues to tour and create with the Montreal group Pinup Saints, of which he is a co-founder, co-choreographer and dancer who released their debut album Golden this year.

Co-starring with Archambault, Greta Hodgkinson is a National Ballet School graduate who has been a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet since 1996.  As one of the country’s most celebrated dramatic ballerinas, she is also known for her dazzling technique and articulate characterizations which mark her as a mature, brilliant and versatile performer. She has worked with some of the greatest choreographers of our time including Glen Tetley, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, James Kudelka and John Neumeier. On film, she has been seen as the lead in THE FIREBIRD, THE FOUR SEASONS, and THE RINGS OF SATURN.

NUREYEV is directed by award-winning filmmaker Moze Mossanen (THE RINGS OF SATURN, YEAR OF THE LION), and is co-produced by Peter Gentile (MOB STORIES, VILLENEUVE: A LEGEND, A CHAMPION) with choreography by award-winner Matjash Mrozewski (A DELICATE BATTLE, THE YEAR OF THE LION). NUREYEV is produced by Mossanen Productions Inc in association with Bravo!

Tuesday, December 1 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Performing arts film NUREYEV explores the life of one of the century’s most renowned and enigmatic arts figures, Rudolph Nureyev. NUREYEV stars CTV’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 winner Nico Archambault and is directed by award-winning filmmaker Moze Mossanen (Roxana, The Rings of Saturn). NUREYEV uses dance and choreography to portray the tumultuous life of the famed dance great. NUREYEV co-stars Greta Hodgkinson, prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, in the role of Margot Fonteyn. Co-produced by Peter Gentile (Mob Stories, Villeneuve: A Legend, A Champion), NUREYEV features choreography by award-winner Matjash Mrozewski (The Year of the Lion) and is produced by Mossanen Productions Inc. in association with Bravo!

8:30pm – Tuesday, December 1 on CTV

The Top 10 dancers take to the stage to prove they should stay in the race to be named America’s Favourite Dancer.

Monday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Documentary FREDDIE MERCURY: A KIND OF MAGIC is a definitive profile telling the true story and celebrating the life of the iconic Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Originally made to coincide with what would have been the legendary showman’s 60th birthday, FREDDIE MERCURY: A KIND OF MAGIC includes exclusive interviews with Mercury’s loved ones and the great man himself. The fiercely private Mercury was famous for the gossip surrounding his colourful love life and hedonistic lifestyle. After long negotiations with Jim Beach, Queen’s manager and one of the trustees of Mercury’s estate, the producers managed to secure unparalleled and exclusive access to his close friends and collaborators for this intimate and exposing account of Mercury’s life.

Beginning Monday, November 30, rewind.CTV.ca delivers an overloaded, streamed-video buffet of favourite programs and specials to feast on this holiday season. CTV.ca is rewinding hit CTV and /A\ shows – making available for the first time full episodes from the beginning of the broadcast season – while also going back to where it all began with LOST, delivering holiday specials, and rounding out the Retro Minisode library with brand new titles.

For the first time, fans can now get caught up with the current broadcast season-to-date of GREY’S ANATOMY (including the two-hour season premiere), DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, CRIMINAL MINDS, FLASH FORWARD and PRIVATE PRACTICE – a combined 44 episodes! Normally only available for a short time following their television broadcast, all episodes of these shows for the 09/10 season-to-date are available to stream online, on demand for the entire month of December.

For lapsed fans and viewers wanting to rewind and brush up on LOST mythology, clues, hints and additional vital information before the final season begins next February, CTV.ca features 1 to 4-minute Quick Cuts from all 97 episodes so far. Each fully re-edited and re-scored mini-episode features vital information about the complicated history and future of the passengers of Oceanic flight 815, secrets of The Island and murky truth about The Others.

“We have the best shows throughout the year on CTV.ca and we wanted to make sure the holiday season was no exception,” said Stephan Argent, Vice-President of Digital Media for CTV. “With the full-season rewind of these shows along with full seasons from FLASHPOINT and DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION and highlights from this past season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, we have more choice online than any of our Canadian competitors.”

Plus, for the first time, a collection of holiday specials will be available online for rewind and family viewing following their television premieres.
A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA, premiering Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, will be on the Rewind following the broadcast premiere. On Christmas Eve, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the gang mistakenly avert three letters from making their way to Santa Claus. They need to get the letters to Santa in time, and hope that nothing can stand in the way of their happy Christmas. Guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Richard Griffiths and Jane Krakowski. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s Paul Becker choreographed the special and also makes an appearance.

Adding to the holiday fare is a prime-time Oprah Winfrey special. Oprah ushers in the holidays at the White House, visiting President Obama and the First Lady as they prepare for their family’s first Christmas there on CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: AN OPRAH PRIMETIME SPECIAL. The intimate, informative and entertaining hour-long special includes a one-on-one conversation with the President, marking the first time Oprah has interviewed him since he took office, as well as an exclusive sit-down interview with the First Couple. The special showcases all the behind-the-scenes preparations as the White House gets ready for the holiday season. CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE will be available online following the broadcast premiere Sunday, December 13 at 10 p.m. ET.

To add to the rewind experience, CTV.ca is adding more titles to the more than 200 RETRO MINISODES available exclusively on the website. December will see the addition of GOOD TIMES, I DREAM OF JEANNIE and PARKER LEWIS CAN’T LOSE. The minisodes provide five-minute snackable episodes from the hit shows of the past like DIFF’RENT STROKES, TJ HOOKER and CHARLIE’S ANGELS.