December 2010

With an eye towards providing Canadians a clear understanding of the year that was, Global National announced today the airing of two special events.  

The first—Your Canada With Dawna Friesen (airing December 25)—will be a retrospective of Friesen’s recent tour that saw Global National broadcasting locally from Halifax to Kelowna and plenty of communities in between.  

That will be followed by a daily special feature—Top Stories of 2010 (week of December 27)—in which Global National will focus on the events that grabbed the biggest headlines.  

Your Canada With Dawna Friesen, a 30-minute presentation, will highlight some of the more memorable stops on Friesen’s national tour along with some of her own personal reflections on the stories she covered and the people she met.  “It was so great being on the road,” says Friesen.  “I’ve either lived or previously visited all of the cities and towns we stopped in so the tour provided not only a chance to say hi to old friends but it allowed me to reach out to our viewers and showcase stories that resonated with all Canadians.”  The special will air at 6pm across the country except in Vancouver when it will air at 6:30pm.

The Top Stories of 2010 began earlier in December with an online poll via in which Canadians were asked to vote for the story they felt had the biggest impact on the country and the world.  During the week of December 27, each newscast will highlight these top stories, building towards the top three as voted on by viewers, which will then be presented during the December 31st newscast.  


The Top Stories featured next week include:

·         Monday, Dec. 27 – Top international news

·         Tuesday, Dec. 28 – Top Canadian news

·         Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Top pop culture stories

·         Thursday, Dec. 30 – Top Canadian political stories

·         Friday, Dec. 31 – top health stories & Top Three stories


Global National airs at 5:30pm nationally; 6:30pm in the Maritimes; and 7:30pm in Newfoundland on NTV.

Downsized airs back-to-back Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 5 exclusively on TVtropolis

When the economy crumbles, families must deal with the harsh reality of mounting debt. It’s time to get Downsized with the Bruce family, a modern day Brady Bunch, who once lived a lavish life of five-star getaways, fine dining and summer homes.

Victims of the recession, the Bruce’s are flat broke with two homes in foreclosure and a collapsed contracting business. Hailed as, “…impossible not to root for…” (New York Times) witness the Bruce’s use love, humour and discipline to navigate the very real stresses of life. Downsized airs back-to-back Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 5.


Also joining the TVtropolis lineup are reality series including*:

·         Fear Factor – back-to-back episodes Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         Hardcore Pawn – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

·         Reality Obsessed, Season 3 – Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT

·         Bad Girls Club, Season 2 – Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET/PT

·         Winter Wipeout – Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT


Returning comedy series include*:

·         Friends – back-to-back episodes Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         That ‘70s Show – back-to-back episodes Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         Family Guy – Tuesday to Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT


*New schedule begins January 3, 2011

9:00pm – Tuesday, December 21 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Sprinkled with performances, this documentary takes a revealing look at the personal history and rise to fame of the singer, prolific songwriter, television and recording artist, businesswoman, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. This extraordinary woman has achieved success despite overwhelming odds, and she has done so with great warmth, humanity and good humour.

9:00pm – Tuesday, December 21 on CTV

When a nurse kidnaps a baby from a hospital, police Sgt. Jane McKinley (Leslie Hope, JUDGING AMY) must race against time to find the child while working to keep her own family together.

Tuesday, December 21 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) ***HOLIDAY SPECIAL*** “A Marry Me , Christmas” on Citytv

Minute To Win It concludes its celebration of the holidays with the final installment of the holiday specials! Contestants participate in exciting holiday themed games and win major prizes in addition to the usual cash. There will also be a special grand prize of $3 million, numerous audience giveaways, Christmas carolers and surprise musical performances.

8:00pm – Tuesday, December 21 on /A

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

After a season of double axels, sit spins and split jumps, the season finale is here and the first-ever winner of SKATING WITH THE STARS is crowned!

8:00pm – Tuesday, December 21 on CTV

The legendary Cape Breton singing group reunites for a one-time television special taped in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience at Toronto’s famed Masonic Temple. Jimmy, Raylene, Heather and Cookie Rankin sing all their hits, while Molly Rankin, daughter of the late fifth member of the Rankin family, John Morris Rankin, makes a guest appearance.

Canada’s favourite funny man, Ron James, reprises his annual New Year’s Eve tradition of ringing in the new calendar by making the country laugh.

THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EVE EDITION airs Friday December 31 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television, in an extended one hour version of James’ trademark razor-sharp comedy.

In his fifth annual New Year’s Eve special, comedian Ron James offers his unique comedic take on Canada’s ever-changing seasons. Joining James to celebrate are special guests Grammy & Juno winner Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies, Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell and Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson.

In special New Year’s sketches, Aunt Vivien turns the tables and skypes a New Year’s Message to Her Royal Highness; a man loses his cool over constantly being asked for holiday donations; Buddy the Newfie Vampire receives a visit from the temptress who “turned him” 118 years earlier;  and The Mayor puts his foot in it again while delivering his New Year’s message.

Larry Garibaldi fantasizes about getting his revenge on a bigoted shopper who thinks that all the “foreigners” should be sent back home and Lil Ronnie finds an unusual way to spell out a special holiday message for his family.

THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned and much-beloved comedian Ron James, and his poetically charged observations about surviving life in the modern world. Anchored by James’ hilarious stand-up and cutting field sketches that are rich in satire and physical comedy, THE RON JAMES SHOW is a coast-to-coast hit on CBC-TV.

30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan is currently recovering from a successful kidney transplant and is expected to miss several episodes of the comedy series.

Morgan, who plays Tracy Jordan alongside Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, underwent surgery earlier in the month and is expected to miss up to three episodes while he recovers.

According to Tina Fey, the 30 Rock writers plan to write Morgan’s absence into the show in the form of a meltdown for his character.

30 Rock returns early next year.

Source: Digital Spy

Tuesday, December 21 at 6:26 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

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.