December 2009

CTV unveiled its holiday prime-time lineup today and is delivering much more than a partridge in a pear tree. Stuffed with festive new specials, returning favourites and seasonal stunts, the network is counting down the “12 TV Treats for Christmas” with a checklist of must-see programming during the holidays. Leading the way at #1 and # 2 on the list are two classic films, A Christmas Carol, airing Christmas Eve at 11:30 p.m. ET and Christmas Night at 9 p.m. ET, and for the first time on CTV, It’s a Wonderful Life, airing Saturday, December 12 and Christmas Eve, both nights at 8 p.m. ET.

CTV’S “12 TV TREATS FOR CHRISTMAS”

#1 – A Christmas Carol
Airs Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) at 11:30 p.m. ET and Christmas Night (Friday, December 25) at 9 p.m. ET
The 1951 black and white version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel starring Alistar Sim

#2 – It’s a Wonderful Life – *NEW TO CTV*
Airs Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET and Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) at 8 p.m. ET
The 1946 GOLDEN GLOBE® award-winning classic about George bailey (James Stewart) and his dreams to leave Bedford Falls

#3 – CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: AN OPRAH PRIMETIME SPECIAL – *NEW*
Premieres Sunday, December 13 at 10 p.m. ET; also airs Saturday, December 19 at 7 p.m. ET
Oprah’s all-new Christmas special with the Obamas sees the President and the First Lady open the doors of the White House as their family prepares for the holidays.

#4 – PREP & LANDING – *NEW*
Premieres Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Dave Foley and Sarah Chalke lend their voices for this all-new 30-minute Walt Disney Animation Studios special about the never-before-told-tale of an elite unit of elves

#5– Music for the Holidays – *NEW*
THE BEATLES ON RECORD (Fri., Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET), SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… Bono and The Edge (Fri., Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. ET) and MICHAEL BUBLÉ MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (Fri., Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET)
Fridays become harmonious as two all-new musical specials narrate the historic journeys of music legends The Beatles and U2’s Bono and The Edge, as well as an encore broadcast of Michael Bublé’s Madison Square Garden performance

#6 – A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA
Airs Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET and Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET
The EMMY® and GRAMMY® award-winning Muppets perform in a one-hour musical special filled with heaps of holiday spirit and guest stars including Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski

#7 – CORNER GAS’ “MERRY GASMAS”
Join the LeRoy family and the rest of the gang to celebrate Christmas in the classic CORNER GAS episode “Merry Gasmas”, airing Monday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) at 7 p.m. ET
CORNER GAS returns weekdays from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1 at 7 p.m. ET (except Friday, December 25), with an encore presentation of its best-of episodes

#8 – Shrek Favourites
SHREK THE HALLS (Mon., Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET and Sun., Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET), Shrek 2 (Mon., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET and Sat., Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET) and Shrek the Third (Sun., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET)
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Bandares lend their voices as the loveable green ogre and his friends

#9 – Transformers *NEW*
The North American broadcast premiere (Sun., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET) of this blockbuster smash starring Shia LaBoeuf and Megan Fox leads a holiday line-up of additional hit movies: Wedding Crashers (Mon., Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET), The Bourne Supremacy (Sun., Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET) and As Good As It Gets (Fri., Dec. 25 at 11:30 p.m. ET)

#10 – The Sound of Music
Airs Sunday, December 27 at 7 p.m. ET
The OSCAR® award-winning classic musical stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the story of a governess in 1930s Austria

#11 – Star Wars Saga Marathon
Airs Saturday, December 26 – Wednesday, December 30 and Friday, January 1 at 12:05 a.m. ET
Catch all the action from a galaxy far, far away as CTV airs all six films of the Star Wars saga

#12 – A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER
Airs Saturday, December 26 at 7 p.m. ET
CTV’s Lloyd Robertson and Robert Fife sit down with Prime Minister Harper to review the past year and look to what’s ahead for Canada

MuchMusic VJs Sarah Taylor and Jesse Giddings are singing their hearts out (literally) in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and World AIDS Day. On Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Sarah and Jesse go where no VJ has gone before…busking on the street as their own personal “Dare to Remember” to help raise money for AIDS-affected communities through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The public is encouraged to come and watch Sarah and Jesse belt out their favourite songs at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto.

If you can’t make it down or want to know more about World AIDS Day, Much fans can tune into a special edition of MuchMusic’s Video Flow on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. ET.

Beginning on August 31, 2009, the Stephen Lewis Foundation challenged all Canadians to do something extraordinary to help turn the tide of AIDS in Africa. People across the country are being asked to choose any kind of “dare” (funny, healthy, sporty), set a personal fundraising goal and encourage friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them. Proceeds from A Dare to Remember are used by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support community-based organizations in 15

sub-Saharan African countries with AIDS initiatives including counseling, education, health care, and more. Visit www.adaretoremember.com to learn more.

Monday, November 30 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Noah gets some unexpected visitors, while Claire arrives at the carnival as Samuel’s plans progress. Elsewhere, Peter confronts Sylar and discovers that extreme measures are necessary to stop him.

Budhia Singh is no ordinary four-year-old. Known to many as the “slumdog marathon boy”, he’s earned a reputation as the youngest endurance runner in the world, and become a media celebrity in India with millions of fans, but his notoriety has not come without controversy. The Boy Who Can’t Stop Running, airing Monday, Nov. 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE, explores whether this is a tale of an extraordinary talent or child exploitation.

Born in the slums, Budhia’s mother sold him to a child peddlar for $20. A local judo coach, Baranchi Das, took pity on his plight and adopted him, providing him with regular meals for the first time in his life. By chance, the judo coach discovered Budhia’s remarkable ability to run and decided to train him as a marathon runner, believing that his destiny was to become a future Olympic champion.

As the film unfolds, plans become more and more ambitious and controversial, and just two days after a half-marathon, Budhia is set to run a staggering 75 km, non-stop run in the searing Indian heat. If he succeeds, he will go into the record books. However, the Minister for Child Welfare believes that the run could put his life at risk. After covering 70 km, Budhia stops from exhaustion, and the pictures that would go out around the world thrust him and his coach into the eye of an international storm. Produced by Touch Productions, The Boy Who Can’t Stop Running is an epic story of a four-year-old marathon runner and the controversy that surrounds him.

9:30pm – Monday, November 30 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Socially awkward Sheldon (Jim Parsons) develops a scientific procedure for making friends.

Monday, November 30 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Lightman, Foster and Reynolds travel to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker. Lightman uses his skills to read the other competitors’ faces to figure out which one knows about the disappearance. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres analyze Loker’s new relationship, and as a result, get closer to each other.

9:00pm – Monday, November 30 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Chelsea (Jennifer Taylor) gets sick and Charlie (Charlie Sheen) has to take care of her, he must also fight the overwhelming urge to flee.

9:00pm – Monday, November 30 on CTV

John Beckwith (Owen Wilson, Zoolander) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn, Couples Retreat) are business partners and lifelong buddies. They are divorce mediators with a recreational hobby of crashing weddings to pickup chicks. They’ve been given a secret set of wedding crashing rules by Chaz (Will Ferrell, Blades of Glory) the guru of wedding crashing. When the daughter of Treasury Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken, Hairspray) sets her wedding date, they decide it will be their greatest crash yet. After attending the wedding, John and Jeremy set their target on the bride’s sisters, Claire (Rachel McAdams, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and Gloria (Isla Fisher, Confessions of a Shopaholic). Jeremy is able to get close to Gloria, but John has Claire’s boyfriend (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) to contend with. John and Jeremy are able to get invited to a weekend party at the Cleary family estate, where they learn a few lessons about love.

8:30pm – Monday, November 30 on CTV

Shrek, everyone’s favourite ogre, brings his lovable charm to the small screen in the half-hour holiday special SHREK THE HALLS, starring Mike Myers (Austin Powers trilogy), Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), Cameron Diaz (My Sister’s Keeper) and Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro). In this holiday classic, 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 spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. SHREK THE HALLS encores Monday, December 14 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

Monday, November 30 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Wilson insists on treating the case of a friend and former patient, Tucker, who is suffering from paralysis of his right arm. However, he soon discovers that he can’t separate his feelings from his professional attitude. Meanwhile, Cuddy tries to buy a new house.