December 2009

7:00pm – Sunday, December 27 on CTV

The OSCAR® award-winning classic, The Sound of Music, is set in 1930s Austria. A young woman named Maria (Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins) is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer, Inside Man) writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The children are so unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, managing to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives – including the Captain’s.

Premieres: Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV

The past year was tough for the business of style with Versace cutting 350 jobs and Escada and Christian Lacroix filing for bankruptcy. It was also an interesting year as celebrity collaborations dominated the runways (Lindsay Lohan/Ungaro, Hillary Duff/DKNY, Jimmy Choo/H&M, Kate Moss/TopShop) and fashion films reigned at the box office (The September Issue, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Coco Avant Chanel, and Tom Ford’s A Single Man.)  Plus, celebrities adorned ad campaigns everywhere (Madonna/Louis Vuitton, Eva Mendes/Calvin Klein, Emma Watson/Burberry, Scarlet Johansson/Mango and the Beckham’s/Armani). This 30-minute special takes a look at all this and more including the year that was DSQUARED² (from their star on Canada’s Walk of Fame to designing for the 2010 Olympics), Obama mania, crimes of fashion, Annie Leibovitz’ financial woes, the infamous Yves saint Laurent auction, Olsen Twins’ triumphs, and Gaga’s garments.

Encore Presentation: Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. on FashionTelevisionChannel

Sunday, December 27 beginning at 5 pm ET/ 2 pm PT

In New York City’s war on animal abuse, some of the worst offenders are pursued by a group of tattooed motorcycle-riding tough guys on a mission to save animals in danger. They call themselves Rescue Ink, and these are their stories.

Sunday, December 27 beginning at 9 am ET/6 am PT

Enjoy fourteen back-to-back episodes featuring Archie and the rest of the Bunker family.

12:05am – Sunday, December 27 on CTV

After an assassination attempt on the life of Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman, The Other Boleyn Girl), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan MacGregor, Moulin Rouge) and his Padawan learner Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christiensen, Life as a House) are sent to investigate. After tracking down the assassin, she is killed before any information can be driven out of her. The two Jedi are then sent on separate missions, Anakin is sent to Naboo with Padme and Obi-Wan heads to the planet of Kamino. Little does Obi-Wan know, he is investigating some of the biggest events of the Star Wars saga, as he learns there is a connection between the assassination attempts and a separatists movement led by a former Jedi against the Republic.

9:30pm – Saturday, December 26 on /A

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

Edmonton’s rising star Sean Lecomber takes the stage on the season finale of COMEDY NOW!

Saturday, December 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Two-time OSCAR® Award-winning and five-time OSCAR® Award-nominated film THE CIDER HOUSE RULES follows Homer (Tobey Macguire), an orphan in a remote Maine town. Homer becomes the favourite of orphanage director Dr. Larch (Michael Caine), who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. Also starring OSCAR® Award-winner Charlize Theron, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is a story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.

8:00pm – Saturday, December 26 on CTV

See December 14 description.

Saturday, December 26 at 8 p.m. ET

Although Western civilization developed around the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, human activity is threatening to destroy it. Under cover of night the team dives into the treacherous Straits of Messina, where they hope to find and film one of the largest predatory sharks in the world, the increasingly threatened six-gill shark.

With the country battling a major recession, the economy near collapse, and Olympic Games on home soil in February it’s been a demanding year for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson along with CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife sit down for CTV’s exclusive annual year-end interview with the Prime Minister, in the exclusive hour-long CTV Special Presentation A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, Saturday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. ET. The special airs again on CTV on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12 Noon ET and on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET and 12 midnight ET. As well, the interview will be available on-demand at immediately following the premiere broadcast.

The wide-ranging interview is the Prime Minister’s final televised interview of the year. Robertson and Fife ask the tough questions Canadians want answered about topics including additional stimulus for the economy, new targets for climate change; progress in Afghanistan with special questions direct from Canadian troops; and how to soften the blow of the “buy America” policy. The conversation includes questions from Canadians as well as discussion about the federal budget and the federal debt.

A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER has been an annual year-end CTV tradition since the network’s first interview with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson more than four decades ago. Since then successive Canadian Prime Ministers have shared their perspective on the year gone by and their hopes for the future in the hour-long special presentation. Brett Mitchell is the Senior Producer of W5 and A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. Anton Koschany is the Executive Producer. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs. Susanne Boyce is President, Content, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc.

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN – Business News Network, CP24, Court TV  and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, CANADA AM, W5, POWER PLAY and QUESTION PERIOD. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the number-one news organization in Canada.