December 2009

8:00pm – Thursday, December 24 on /A

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

Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy, Scary Movie 3) is a highly successful business executive who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her own innovative ideas for running Christmas.

8:00pm – Thursday, December 24 on CTV

In this GOLDEN GLOBE® award-winning classic, George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls. On Christmas Eve, all of the citizens of the small town pray to the heavens to help George. It’s decided by the heavens above that Clarence (Henry Travers), an angel who hasn’t earned his wings, will help George. Before he does, he should know who George Bailey was. George Bailey grew up in a small town where he dreamed of leaving and making his mark on the world. George was all set to leave when his father died and he had to take care of the business. George would forever be hindered by his plans to leave and thinks that he is nothing but a failure, becoming suicidal. It’s Clarence’s job to convince George that he has made something with his life and that it’s worth living.

7:30 p.m. ET/PT – Thursday, December 24 on Comedy Network

Jon battles Santa when he doesn’t receive what he wants.

7:30pm – Thursday, December 24 on CTV

Holly J’s (Charlotte Arnold) friendship with Jane (Paula Brancati) is put to the test when she finds out that Jane is cheating on Spinner (Shane Kippel).

7 p.m. ET/PT – Thursday, December 24 on Comedy Network

In this yuletide special, Brent tries to save his family’s Christmas “traditions,” Lacey tries to go home for the holidays and Wanda tries to get her hands on the season’s hottest toy.

7:00pm – Thursday, December 24 on CTV

Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) decides to head home to Toronto for the holidays. Thanks to the weather, she ends up taking the scenic route which, while getting her home, doesn’t get her to Toronto. Along the way, she crosses paths with characters played by Gavin Crawford (THE GAVIN CRAWFORD SHOW, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES), Roman Danylo (COMEDY INC.) and Dan Redican (PUPPETS WHO KILL, THE FRANTICS). Meanwhile, although Brent (Brent Butt) sticks in Dog River for the holidays, he must find a way to cope when he finds out that his mother (Janet Wright) wants a conventional Christmas, ditching years of unconventional LeRoy family tradition.

Reruns, reruns and more reruns, that’s what Grey’s Anatomy has become these days. But, since Shonda Rhimes seems to understand just how sick we are of revisiting things we already knew, she released a little spoiler this week to TV Guide. Although it looks like the women of Grey’s Anatomy who are in relationships are doing pretty well for themselves in the romance department, one of them will be spicing things up with a change of hair color right on time for Valentine’s day. Who will it be? Meredith? Lexi? Callie? Arizona?

We’ll have to wait and see, but looks like things will be getting hotter!!

6 p.m. ET/PT – Thursday, December 24 on Comedy Network

In this one-hour musical comedy special, a snowed-in Colbert weathers the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart.

Thursday, December 24 beginning at 5 pm ET/ 2 pm PT

A day of religious-themed programs including: Secrets of the Cross and Bible’s Buried Secrets.

The weather outside is frightful…and so are the drivers on Discovery Channel! Instead of braving the cold (and the bad drivers on the road) this season, bundle up and settle in from December 24 to January 2 for a long winter’s holiday marathon on Discovery Channel! Featuring your favourite characters and much-loved series, ring in the New Year and catch up on CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, DIRTY JOBS, LIFE, MYTHBUSTERS, DEADLIEST CATCH and more with Discovery Channel’s awesome holiday marathons!

DISCOVERY’S HOLIDAY MARATHON SCHEDULE:

CANADA’S WORST DRIVER 5 MARATHON (8 x 60)
Thursday, December 24 at 3 – 11 p.m. ET (12 – 8 p.m. PT)
Ride shotgun with Season 5’s bumper crop of terrible drivers through this eight-episode marathon. From the first key in the ignition, to the final slamming of the brakes, stay off the streets and watch the entire season unfold!

LIFE MARATHON (10 x 60)
Friday, December 25 at 1 – 11 p.m. ET (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. PT)
This groundbreaking series explores the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. Throughout this 10-part BBC series, witness evolution in action – individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment. More than four years in the making, filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, this is LIFE – as you’ve never seen it before.

DIRTY JOBS MARATHON (8 x 60)
Saturday, December 26 at 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET (3 – 11 p.m. PT)
Intrepid host and apprentice Mike Rowe meets hardworking men and women who overcome fear, danger – and oftentimes stench – to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe assumes the duties of the jobs in question, working alongside the professionals performing the vital yet outlandish occupations that simply must get done.

MYTHBUSTERS MARATHON (7 x 60)
Sunday, December 27 at 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (2 – 9 p.m. PT)
You’ve heard them so many times, they must be true. Or are they?  MYTHBUSTERS is a scientific detective series that sets out to validate – or debunk – urban myths using every scientific tool at their disposal. MYTHBUSTERS is hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, two myth busting science and technology experts… and skeptics. Each episode examines three myths and at the end of each show reveals which – if any – have a basis in solid fact. 

MAYDAY MARATHON (10 x 60)
Monday, December 28 at 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (11 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Statistically safer than car and train travel, thousands of airline passengers board flights everyday without hesitation. But when airline disaster strikes, it is often catastrophic. From structural failures and design flaws, to complex computer systems that even cabin crews don’t fully understand, MAYDAY combines compelling human drama and detailed aviation science to reveal the unsettling truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time. Featuring cockpit recorders, news footage, eyewitness accounts, survivor interviews and gripping re-enactments, the series investigates aviation disasters to find out what went wrong… And why.

CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 MARATHON (7 x 60)
Tuesday, December 29 at 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (2 – 9 p.m. PT)
Revisit this series, nail by nail, as CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 brings together five of the country’s most hapless handypeople and offers an opportunity to “fix up” a 100-year-old country lodge. With how-to instructions given by top-notch building experts, the participants get to work plastering, plumbing, building custom furniture and even tackling electrical. Briefed on what tasks are in store for them, each makes a comprehensive list and sets out to purchase items they feel are needed to complete the challenges while at rehab. Once the projects are complete and the doors to the Wilderness Lodge finally open, the worst of the worst is named CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN.

JUNK RAIDERS MARATHON (6 x 60)
Wednesday, December 30 at 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (3 – 9 p.m. PT)
In a bold ecological and social experiment – and with only $5,000 – a team of freecyclers (people who cull through dumps to repurpose still-useful items), builders and designers endeavour to turn an old factory space into a functioning, trendy, live/work loft in just one month. Their primary building materials? Consumer cast offs. Why? To see if what the rest of us throw out is good enough to live in.    

DESTROYED IN SECONDS MARATHON (14 x 60)
Thursday, December 31 at 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 5 a.m. PT)
Hosted by Ron Pitts, DESTROYED IN SECONDS shares clips of some of the most shocking destructions caught on tape.  Whether man made or an act of God, the series explores the events leading to mass destruction and how people bounce back from the devastation.

MYTHBUSTERS MARATHON (6 X 60)
Friday, January 1 at 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (3 – 9 p.m. PT)
Still haven’t had your fill of myth-busting holiday merriment with this madcap dynamic duo? Settle into New Year’s Day with eight more episodes of this Discovery Channel favourite with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

DEADLIEST CATCH MARATHON (16 X 60)

Saturday, January 2 at 8 a.m. ET – Sunday, January 3 at 12 a.m. ET
(Saturday, January 2 at 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Journey to the Bering Sea for a marathon of episodes from the fifth season of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-winning series, DEADLIEST CATCH. The seas are rougher, the stakes are higher and the intensity has never been stronger as the original, ultimate tough guys of television return for a 16-hour marathon. Follow the brave captains and crews of four crab-fishing vessels as they struggle against treacherous weather conditions doing one of the deadliest – and most lucrative – jobs in the world.