December 2010

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

New Directions goes head-to-head against the Warblers and the Hipsters at the big Sectionals competition. While trouble brews between some of the young couples, Emma and Carl (guest star John Stamos) grow closer.

8:00pm – Tuesday, November 30 on /A

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

After catching his wife with another man during the holiday season, Jack Cameron (Tom Arnold, Kill Speed) decides he hates Christmas. Similar to the classic tale of A Christmas Carol, it’s up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Leslie Jordan, WILL & GRACE) and Present (Andrea Roth, BLUE BLOODS) to show Jack the true meaning of the season.

8:00pm – Tuesday, November 30 on CTV

The half-hour holiday special LANNY & WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING, reveals the tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly with the unit for 227 years, an elf named Wayne (Dave Foley, THE KIDS IN THE HALL) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (Sarah Chalke, SCRUBS), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator partners Wayne with Lanny (Derek Richardson, MEN IN TREES), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?

Mysterious Ruins tells the story of an expedition to a mysterious mountaintop ruin on Canada’s Atlantic coast that could be an archaeological time bomb.

Could it be an ancient Chinese settlement from before the arrival of Cabot and Columbus?

Based on the best-selling novel The Island of Seven Cities, Mysterious Ruins sees author Paul Chiasson leading the quest after years of research, while an expert reveals the secrets of Ming Dynasty settlements deep inside China.

For the first time since the publication of Chiasson’s explosive and controversial theory, Mysterious Ruins: Cape Breton will reveal all sides of the debate over what could be one of the greatest archaeological finds of modern time.

Mysterious Ruins: Cape Breton airs Saturday, December 11 at 7pm ET/PT only on History Television.

The Comedy Network announced today that it has ordered a new, half-hour sketch comedy series PICNICFACE.

The brainchild of sketch troupe Picnicface and produced by Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., PICNICFACE the series is a fast-paced, mash-up comedy mixing a contemporary, Pythonesque animation and absurd sketch comedy.

Already an online sensation and garnering praise from sketch-com legends Will Farrell and Dave Foley, the troupe will hunker down in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Spring 2011, to begin principal photography on 13 episodes. Veteran Canadian comedy master Mark McKinney is Executive Producer and Showrunner.

“Irreverent and incredibly hilarious, we’re preparing to unleash the international Haligonian internet phenomenon, Picnicface, on our viewers,” said Millan Curry-Sharples, Vice-President, The Comedy Network. “With the undeniable comedic pedigree of Mark McKinney, this new world order of sketch is an ideal addition to The Comedy Network.” 

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the eight-person sketch troupe consists of Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian MacQuarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood. Having amassed a following in their hometown and after posting their short video on YouTube called “Powerthirst”, Picnicface became an online sensation, capturing more than one million views. In 2007, Picnicface posted their first video shorts, including “Powerthirst” on Will Ferrell’s comedy website, funnyordie.com. Soon after, Ferrell hand-picked “Powerthirst” and two other Picnicface shorts as his favourite videos of the week, saying “Picnicface cranks out the goods”. Meanwhile, Dave Foley of KIDS IN THE HALL fame, called Picnicface “distressingly good”.

“PICNICFACE is the perfect multi-platform sketch comedy troupe for today’s audience,” said Ira Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Breakthrough Entertainment. “They are outrageously funny performers who embody the spirit of MONTY PYTHON and KIDS IN THE HALL. We’re thrilled that The Comedy Network has given them a television home.”

“Picnicface is extremely excited about the opportunity to expand from the internet to television on Canada’s go-to-comedy channel, The Comedy Network. And as soon as we’re finished doing celebratory log rolls down Citadel Hill, we will get busy writing,” said Scott Vrooman of Picnicface.

E! launched in Canada yesterday with a shout out from the Queen of late-night comedy Chelsea Handler during the Canadian premiere of her talk series CHELSEA LATELY, airing Monday – Friday at 11 p.m. ET on E!.

Chelsea addressed Canadian viewers along with her sidekick Chuy who celebrated the occasion decked out in Canadian hockey gear.

Chelsea: “Why are you dressed like a hockey player?” Chuy: “Because E! is back on in Canada!” Chelsea: “And where is Canada Chuy?” Chuy: “The other side of Mexico.” Chelsea: “To celebrate E! being back on in Canada I’m coming to Toronto to perform at Massey Hall on Saturday, Dec. 11.”

Chelsea also tweeted about the E! launch in Canada: @chelseahandler: E! Is back on in canada and armenia starting tonight. I pay homage to both. What….a world.

In tonight’s episode of CHELSEA LATELY at 11 p.m. ET on E!, Flo Rida chats with Chelsea about his new album Only 1 Flo and hopefully some explanation for the state of Florida. Comedian Jo Koy, comedian Sarah Colonna and comedian Mo Mandel also appear.

This week on CTV’s documentary series W5, Sandie Rinaldo takes viewers on an emotional and awe-inspiring journey through the remarkable recovery and love story of Captain Trevor Greene, a Canadian Army reserve officer who nearly died after an axe-attack while serving with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

With the love and unwavering support of his fiancée, Debbie Lepore, and through four gruelling years of rehabilitation, Green painfully overcomes the odds – driven to stand next to the woman he loves on his wedding day. The all-new documentary “The Power Of Love” premieres on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.  Also, in this episode W5’s, Sue Sgambati returns to a twenty-year-old cold case in her updated documentary “Murder Most Forgotten”.

W5 repeats Sunday, December 5 at 12 noon on CTV and at 1 p.m. ET on CP24, and Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

Captain Trevor Green’s life was forever changed on March 4, 2006 when he was serving as a peacekeeper with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. At a routine shura, or meeting with village elders, Green was attacked with an axe-blow to his head leaving him on the brink of death. The brain injury was so severe that the odds were against this well-known journalist, Canadian solider, father to daughter Grace, and fiancée to Debbie Lepore. But he survived.

W5 follows Green through four years and hundreds of hours of rehabilitation; he never gives up on his challenging road to recovery. Sandie Rinaldo shares the triumphant tale of a hero who wished for a fairy-tale wedding, where he could stand at the altar to receive his bride. Rinaldo follows his quest – with badly misshapen feet and the clock ticking toward the nuptials – will he stand to see his bride down the aisle or will he fall short of his goal? Find out in this moving story of love, loyalty and commitment.

W5’s investigative reports have helped police find new leads in cold cases, proving itself as the most relevant current affairs program in the country. In the second half of this week’s episode, Sue Sgambati revisits her 2009 report “Murder Most Forgotten” in hopes of bringing a cold blooded killer to justice after more than 20 years.

In the middle of the night, on Labour Day weekend in 1990 in the small town of Cumberland Beach, ON a mysterious break-in left Lora Souza beaten and left for dead. Her 13-year-old daughter Leah was assaulted and murdered in cold blood.  Twenty years later, this brutal homicide has never been solved. Lora’s memories of that night were wiped out by the savage beating she received and have never returned. Yet she still holds out hope that someone might come forward with new information, to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

CTV announced today that veteran newspaper columnist Don Martin will join CTV News as the new host of POWER PLAY on CTV News Channel.

Martin comes to CTV from The National Post and Calgary Herald where he was the National Affairs Columnist for 32 years. Martin is expected to start with CTV mid-December. 

“Don Martin is one of the most respected journalists on Parliament Hill,” said Robert Hurst, President of CTV News. “As the new host of POWER PLAY, he will cut through the rhetoric to deliver the best and most comprehensive political picture in Canada.”

Airing weekdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, POWER PLAY is the political television show of record for Canadians, highlighting the people and players that dominate the political scene in Canada.  POWER PLAY is also available on demand on the CTV News Video Player at ctv.ca.

“There was only one way to get me to give up a dream job as a newspaper columnist. That was to offer me a dream job as a CTV host,” said Martin. “There’s no way to resist the opportunity to bring the personalities and the issues to a show I’m hoping will turn Canadian politics into water-cooler conversation. My goal is to help make POWER PLAY must-see television.”  

“Don’s in-depth understanding of the landscape, larger-than-life personality, and irreverent style make him an ideal host for POWER PLAY,” said CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife.

Martin brings three decades of experience to his new job as the host of POWER PLAY. Previously a national affairs columnist based in Ottawa, Martin wrote regularly about federal politics for The Calgary Herald and The National Post with a special eye on western issues of interest to his favourite province, namely Alberta. He has spent the last 30 years covering politics, starting with Calgary city hall and moving to the provincial legislature before heading to the nation’s capital in 2000. He authored the bestseller

King Ralph in 2002, a biography on the life and times of Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, and in 2006 published Belinda on the private and political life of Belinda Stronach.

POWER PLAY airs Monday to Friday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, Canada’s 24-hour all-news network. CTV News Channel draws on the vast resources of Canada’s #1 news organization, CTV News, to deliver breaking news the second it happens from communities across Canada and around the world. CTV News Channel also has strategic alliances with CNN, ABC and APTN to bring Canadians the latest in politics, business, entertainment, sports, and weather. CTV News Channel is wholly owned by CTV Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia.

In this week’s episode of The Ron James Show Canada’s favourite comedian guides us through the pros and cons of travel; attempts to convince his wife that an unexpected guest is no reason to overlook the many benefits of house swapping; and turns to a friend for help rather than face the consequences of telling his girlfriend the truth.

Larry Garibaldi teaches some politicians a lesson about the environment and Lil Ronnie realizes that no matter how badly you want something, it just never pays to cheat. And in his latest Ode to the Road, Ron pays tribute to Toronto, his second home and tries to convince the rest of Canada to give The Big Smoke a chance. 

Guest cast: Christian Potenza (Riverdale), Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie).

Friday, December 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC-TV 

 

All-new episode of Glee tonight at 8.00pm et/pt on Global.