MTV announces holiday programming

MTV closes the year with festive cheer, feisty rappers, best of specials, exclusive premieres, and women…lots of women! Host Dan Levy shows viewers how to survive the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in DAN LEVY’S HOLIDO’S AND DON’TS (Dec. 13).

Former Host Jessi Cruickshank provides a tour of her new home away from home in JESSI CRUICKSHANK’S REAL HOLLYWOOD SURVIVAL GUIDE (Dec. 27-29). Rounding up the best, worst, and most ridiculous happenings of 2010 are exclusive specials MTV NEWS BEST OF 2010 (Dec. 21) and MOVIE NIGHT’S YEAR IN REVIEW IN 2D (Dec. 23).

MTV also unwraps the life of a new hip-hop queen in NICKI MINAJ: MY TIME NOW (Dec. 6) and keeps things controversial with the series premiere of THE VICE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING (Dec. 13), covering the most taboo subjects in Vice Magazine.

Viewers can travel with Host Sharlene Chiu as she explores the trés magnifique city of Lyon, France in SHARLENE VS. LYON (Dec. 20) and then join her in Texas as she explores a musical mecca in MTV NEWS: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Dec. 22).


MTV Holiday Programming:



MTV Exclusive Special – Monday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

MTV Host Dan Levy eases the pain of the holidays in DAN LEVY’S HOLIDO’S AND DON’TS, providing his ultimate Holiday Survival Guide for the upcoming season. Levy covers all of the holiday bases; providing cheap shopping tips, unveiling his Christmas wish-list, and visiting an acting coach to practice how to react when receiving a heinous present.



MTV Special – Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6:26 p.m. ET/PT

Featuring some of the most shocking stories of the year, MTV NEWS reflects on the best of 2010. Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, with reporters Sharlene Chiu and Johnny Hockin look at a whirlwind year, covering the biggest stories of 2010 in pop culture and beyond. Also revealed are the staff’s top five picks for best album, song, and video of 2010.



MTV Special – Thursday Dec. 23 at 6:26 p.m. ET/PT

Breakout the popcorn! From the biggest blockbusters to the surprise hit flicks of the year, host Johnny Hockin counts down MOVIE NIGHT’s ten favourite films of 2010.


MTV Exclusive Specials:



Exclusive Special – Monday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

In this one-hour documentary, fans are given unprecedented access to the life of the Queen Bee of hip-hop. Cameras capture Minaj in the most intimate moments as she prepares for her first VMAs performance and copes with the stress of releasing her debut album Pink Friday. Minaj also travels back to her native Trinidad for a special performance, and opens up about the pleasures and perils of becoming one of the next big superstars. Catch a sneak peek of the special here.



Series Premiere – Monday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Starting as a magazine notorious for controversial headlines and promotion of all things sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, Vice Magazine has kept everyone talking. Now expanding its cultural prowess, THE VICE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING explores the most interesting and absurd people, news, sub-cultures, and rituals. This new series explores a unique but still very controversial look into politics, art, fashion, and the environment. Click here for a clip.



MTV Exclusive – Monday, Dec. 20 at 6:26 p.m. ET

In this episode of SHARLENE VS., host Sharlene Chiu travels to magnificent Lyon, France for the Nuits Sonores Music Festival. Chiu experiences the stunning French city through its boucherons, hidden alleys, indie markets, and shady bars. Artist appearances include The Almighty Defenders, Liars, Busy P, Uffie, and Thee Oh Sees.



MTV Exclusive – Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 6:26 p.m.  ET/PT 

MTV NEWS reporter Sharlene Chiu saddles up and heads south to capture every moment of the legendary Austin City Limits music festival in Texas. This three day event features over 130 artists with performances by The Strokes and MIA. Chiu also sits down to chat with Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, The Flaming Lips, and Band of Horses. Click here for a sneak peek clip.



MTV Special – Part One – Monday, Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET 

In this exclusive three part series, former MTV Host Jessi Cruickshank takes on the bright lights of Hollywood, providing the low-down on how to come out on top in L.A. Cruickshank begins with a look into finding work among the stars. With her signature sarcasm on everything from celebs to navigating breast sizes and tan shades, Cruickshank shows viewers how to survive in the city she now calls home.


Part Two – Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Notorious for its nightlife, Jessi takes on L.A. after dark – from the most elite clubs to the hottest red carpets. Cruickshank explores what is just the right amount of “slutty” for the clubs, and how to become a VIP.


Part Three – Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Partying like a rock star has its costs. In the final installment, Jessi goes into recovery mode and shows viewers how to nurse an epic Hollywood hangover.  

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