December 2009

7:00pm – Saturday, December 26 on /A

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The enchanting sequel to the Emmy Award-winning ANNE OF GREEN GABLES finds Anne Shirley making the transition from a romantic, impetuous orphan to an outspoken, adventurous and accomplished young teacher. Megan Follows returns to her role as Anne, while Tony Award-winner Colleen Dewhurst (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Annie Hall) stars as Marilla Cuthbert, and Oscar-winning actress Dame Wendy Hiller (The Countess Alice) appears as the prickly dowager Mrs. Harris.

7:00pm – Saturday, December 26 on CTV

This CTV exclusive year in review interview has been an annual CTV holiday broadcast ritual since the first interview with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson more than four decades ago. CTV continues the tradition with an exclusive one-on-one with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In this one-hour special, CTV’s Lloyd Robertson and Robert Fife ask the tough questions about the past year and what’s ahead for Canada in 2010. A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER encores Sunday, December 27 at 12 p.m. ET on CTV.

Saturday, December 26 beginning at 5 pm ET/ 2 pm PT

Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after specialists working in the field of dog rehabilitation. Watch him work all day long!

Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s celebrated play CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA, starring the legendary Christopher Plummer, makes its broadcast premiere in high definition on Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The acclaimed, two-hour Bravo! film is a fresh take on George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, giving viewers a humorous yet seductive comedy about the relationship between Caesar and Cleopatra

Also airing in high definition for the first time is the broadcast premiere of Bravo!’s NUREYEV, leading into CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA on Saturday, December 26 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV. The film presents fictionalized accounts of Nureyev’s life through dance and dramatic monologues. Starring Season 1 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA winner Nico Archambault, NUREYEV uses original choreography to incorporate the memories of fictionalized characters, presenting a multi-faceted portrait of one of the seminal performing arts figures of our time.

Inspired by Stratford’s Artistic Director and Tony Award®-winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA features Plummer as Julius Caesar, and Nikki M. James (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) as Cleopatra, the enchanting teenaged queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. Their first encounter leads to a shift in history as Caesar teaches Cleopatra to overcome her timidity to become a determined player in the game of power politics.

CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA was hailed as a triumph by critics throughout Canada when it premiered on Bravo! earlier this year. Canadian Press said “Plummer wowed critics with his turn as strategist Julius Caesar, mentor to a teenage Cleopatra.” TVGuide.ca praised the presentation, saying “The production jumps off the screen, partly due to the multitude of cameras used to capture the performances, but mostly thanks to Plummer and James’ wonderful interpretation of Shaw’s humourous script.”

NUREYEV was also praised by critics when it premiered on Bravo! earlier this month. The Toronto Sun said “Every once in a while a TV show comes along that pleasantly surprises you with its uniqueness…Nureyev fits the category.” And The Toronto Star raved “Both director and star make one thing clear: the film is not a biopic. Archambault is not imitating Nureyev, but interpreting and paying tribute to him.”

Produced in association with Bravo!, through the Centre Stage Benefits, and Melbar Entertainment Group, CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA was filmed in 2008 before a live audience in Stratford, Ontario. Produced by Barry Avrich and executive produced by Christopher Plummer, Barry Avrich and Michael Levine, and directed for the screen by Shelagh O’Brien, the High Definition multi-camera production captures Plummer’s highly-praised portrayal of Julius Caesar and the captivating comedic drama of Shaw’s renowned play.

Saturday, December 26 from 10 a.m. ET – 5 p.m. ET (Episodes 1-7) on Bravo!

Sunday, December 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (Episodes 8-13)
Bravo! gives viewers and fans of the hit series MAD MEN a chance to re-live Mad moments over the holidays with back-to-back episodes of Season 1.

Saturday, December 26 beginning at 9 am ET/6 am PT

Join Deja View for an entire day of programming dedicated to everyone’s favourite roommates.

7 a.m. ET/PT – Saturday, December 26 on Comedy Network

(Re-airing at 6 p.m. ET/PT)
8 a.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF FLAVOUR FLAV (Re-airing at 7 p.m. ET/PT)
9 a.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF JEFF FOXWORTHY (Re-airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
10:30m. ET/PT- ROAST OF WILLIAM SHATNER (Re-airing at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
12 p.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF PAMELA ANDERSON (Re-airing at 11 p.m. ET/PT)
1:30 p.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF BOB SAGET (Re-airing at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT)
3 p.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF LARRY THE CABLE GUY (Re-airing at 2 a.m. ET/PT)
4:30 p.m. ET/PT- ROAST OF JOAN RIVERS (Re-airing at 3:30 a.m. ET/PT)

12:05am – Saturday, December 26 on CTV

As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan MacGregor, Moulin Rouge) travel to Naboo to warn the Queen (Natalie Portman, The Other Boleyn Girl) of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd, Jingle All the Way) who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul (Ray Park, X-Men), while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a “phantom” behind the scenes.

11:30pm – Friday, December 25 on CTV

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, The Departed), a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol (Helen Hunt, What Women Want), the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

Friday, December 25 at 10 p.m. ET

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s major oceans, covering over 72 million square kilometers – almost 15% of the Earth’s surface. With some of the most remarkable marine habitats in the world, it is also surrounded by many of the world’s most populous nations. With shark fishing increasing at an alarming rate, the team visits a small community in Mozambique to uncover what is driving the trade.