November 2011

The Canadian whodunit travels to the nation’s capital in Nov., 2011, to shoot scenes on Parliament Hill. Bill Brioux, from TV Feeds My Family, reporting.

Baby it’s cold outside – but Citytv keeps viewers white-hot with merry and bright holiday-themed programming.

From grinches to gift-givers, this season, fan-favourite comedies bring even more Christmas cheer to the prime time lineup.

Then, as the holiday season winds down, Citytv revs up the excitement as the party station with the annual New Year’s Eve Bash.

This year, the four-hour broadcast will feature live performances and celebrations from both Toronto and Calgary. Please see below for a rundown of Citytv’s holiday highlights. 

Below is a chronological listing of detailed holiday highlights beginning Monday, December 5. All programming is subject to change. 


How I Met Your Mother (s/CBS): Monday, December 5 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) 

“Symphony of Illumination” 

When Robin (Cobie Smulders) receives bad news, she decides to lie about it to the gang. Meanwhile, Marshall (Jason Segel) hangs Christmas decorations on the house in the ‘burbs with help from his neighbour. 


Last Man Standing (s/CBS): Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) 

“Last Christmas Standing” 

Mike’s (Tim Allen) Christmas spirit gets dampened when Ryan (Jonas Brother – Nick Jonas), the father of Kristen’s (Alexandra Krosney) baby, unexpectedly comes back to town after a long absence. Kristin’s boyfriend, Kyle, (Christoph Sanders) also doesn’t know what to make of Ryan’s return. Meanwhile, Ed (Hector Elizondo) hires Mandy (Molly Ephraim) as an elf at Outdoor Man, where she tries to unionize the other elves to get better perks. 


The Middle (s/ABC): Wednesday, December 7 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) 

“A Christmas Gift” 

On a tipsy whim – and against Mike’s (Neil Flynn) wishes – Frankie (Patricia Heaton) decides to throw a Christmas Eve party at the house. Mike buys Frankie a much needed new dishwasher for Christmas, but has a hard time keeping it a secret when she begs him to replace the old one before the party. Meanwhile, Sue (Eden Sher) calls on Reverend TimTom (Paul Hipp) to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick (Atticus Shaffer); and Axl (Charlie McDermott) gets annoyed with Bob (Chris Kattan) when he tries too hard to be cool in order to befriend him while working together on a Christmas tree lot. 


Suburgatory (s/ABC): Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) 

“The Nutcracker” 

When Tessa (Jane Levy) overhears George (Jeremy Sisto) break up with his girlfriend, Zoe, (Gloria Votsis) on Skype, she blames herself for his failed relationship and decides that she’s going to get them back together. Unbeknownst to her, though, George is enamored with Tessa’s cute art teacher, Aimee (Ellen Woglom). Later, George decides to embrace the holiday spirit with a tree trimming party complete with his ex-girlfriend, a potential new girlfriend and the Royces, but he soon finds himself under the mistletoe with a special someone. 


Modern Family (s/ ABC): Wednesday, December 7 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT) 

“Express Christmas” 

The family is gathered at Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) pool on a sunny December day, and that’s where they realize everyone will be scattered this coming Christmas. If they want to celebrate together, it will have to be today! Everyone sets off with their respective duties for express Christmas: Mitchell, (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) Alex (Ariel Winter) and Lily get the tree; Jay and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are in charge of gift wrapping; Phil (Ty Burrell) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) get the groceries; Gloria and Luke (Nolan Gould) go retrieve the ornaments; and Claire (Julie Bowen) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) shop for all the gifts. When they all return in the evening, they find quite the holiday sight. 


Happy Endings (s/ABC): Wednesday, December 7 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 10:30MT) 

“Grinches Be Crazy” 

Max, (Adam Pally) desperate for cash, agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny’s (Casey Wilson) charity event. Meanwhile, Jane (Eliza Coupe) accidently gives housekeeper Gita (Jamie Denbo) the envelope stuffed with money for their big Christmas getaway to Turks & Caicos, instead of the $200 Christmas tip she had planned. 


Community (s/NBC): Thursday, December 8 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) 

“Regional Holiday Music” 

When the Greendale Glee Club is unexpectedly sidelined, the school’s effervescent choir director, Cory Radison (Taran Killam), sets out recruiting the study group members to fill in. Skeptical at first, they eventually fall under his hypnotic spell, one-by-one, singing and dancing their way to the annual Christmas Pageant. 


Parks and Recreation: Monday, December 12 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT) 

“Citizen Knope” 

Synopsis is not available at this time. 


New Girl (s/FOX): Tuesday, December 13 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT/MT) 


Synopsis is not available at this time.


Raising Hope (s/FOX): Tuesday, December 13at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT/MT) 

“Gambling Again” 

Synopsis is not available at this time.


Citytv New Years Eve Bash: Saturday, December 31 

Toronto Event: 10pm ET/CT (8pm MT/PT) on Citytv and OMNI 1 (10:15 MT/PT on OMNI Alberta and OMNI BC) 

Calgary Event: 12am ET/CT (10pm MT/PT) 

The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in Canada gets bigger this year, as the telecast of the 27th annual New Year’s Eve Bash increases to four hours, from two, with big-name celebrities and musicians ringing in 2012 in style. For the first time, Citytv Calgary will host a free event and broadcast their festivities live from downtown Calgary at Olympic Plaza with host Jill Belland and Citytv favourites Tara Slone, Ted Henley and Andrew Schultz. 

Watch hosts Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien (in January!) and Jeff Hutcheson on CANADA AM weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV.

Visit CANADA AM online at for full episodes, top stories, CANADA AM extras, daily show info, featured recipes, book reviews, technology headlines, and contributor’s stories.


Monday, November 28

·         BEST GIFTS UNDER $50: For viewers hoping to get their shopping done early, CANADA AM welcomes tech expert Marc Saltzman, who lists economical and excellent gadget gift ideas for $50 or less.

·         CHARITY WEBSITES: For many Canadians in need, the holidays are not a time for gifts, feasting and celebrations. CANADA AM explores charitable websites that makes it easy to help make the holiday season brighter for others by giving.

·         JOY FIELDING: One of Canada’s most celebrated authors and a NY Times bestseller, Fielding is a Life Literacy Ambassador.  She joins CANADA AM to talk about Good Reads®, a collection of original stories by well-known Canadian authors written specifically for adult literacy and ESL learners.


Tuesday, November 29

·         BEST X-MAS DEVICES: Marc Saltzman reviews the hottest tech devices on store shelves this holiday season.

·         MORE CHEESE PLEASE: It’s a time of year when cheese takes centre stage on party platters and palates alike. Today, Beverly Thomson speaks to Juliet Harbutt about World of Cheese, a comprehensive guide to cheeses of the world that will have viewers salivating.

·         JEANNE BEKER: CTV’s resident fashion icon and host of FashionTelevision joins CANADA AM in studio to talk about her personal art collection which is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This exhibition offers rare glimpse into Beker’s private art collection including paintings, photography, and sculptures.


Wednesday, November 30

·         BEST VIDEO GAMES FOR CHILDREN: The demand for video games skyrockets over the holiday season. Today, Marc Saltzman offers up a show and tell to CANADA AM viewers on the coolest video games for kids that feature parental controls.

·         ISAIAH MUSTAFA: In town to celebrate the freshness of Canada, Mustafa freshens up CANADA AM studios this morning as he kicks off the holiday season. The horseback hottie made the Old Spice brand soar, and he is in town to promote “the gift your man can smell like” with his Canadian friends.

·         OWEN SOUND: Jeff Hutcheson visits Owen Sound to celebrate the small town’s staggering contribution to Kraft Food For Families. Owen Sound blew the campaign targets out of the water, raising 22,000 online signatures from a community of 21, 753 people. This morning Kraft presents a cheque for the local food bank.


Thursday, December 1

·         FOREIGNER: They’ve sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. This morning, the band that created such ballads as ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ ‘Urgent,’ and ‘I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You’ are in studio to rock it out on the CANADA AM soundstage.

·         TINTIN: Jamie Bell returns to the spotlight in one of the biggest films of the year, a collaboration by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn.


Friday, December 2

·         MARGARET ATWOOD: Hot on twitter and an avid knitter, Canada’s literary doyenne most recently heard in the ring battling with Toronto’s Mayor Ford about potential library closures visits CANADA AM for a fireside chat.

·         HEATHER REISMAN: The First Lady of Chapters joins CANADA AM this morning to review best book picks for adults and children this holiday season. 

·         FILM FRIDAY: Film critic Richard Crouse gives his reviews of The Descendants a comedy-drama film based on the novel by Kaui Hart; Shame, an erotic drama film co-written and directed by Steve McQueen; Sarah’s Key a French drama which is new on DVD this week.

Sunday, November 27at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT on Bravo!

Also directed by Christopher Guest (The Invention of Lying) and featuring a stellar cast including Catherine O’Hara (Killers), Eugene Levy (American Reunion) and Parker Posey (THE BIG C), BEST IN SHOW follows a colorful array of characters competing at a national dog show.

Sunday, November 27 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on Bravo!

Directed by Christopher Guest (The Invention of Lying) and starring Catherine O’Hara (Killers), Eugene Levy (American Reunion) and Parker Posey (THE BIG C), WAITING FOR GUFFMAN is the satirical comedy about an aspiring director and the marginally-talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

9:00pm – Saturday, November 26 on CTV

In the film BEE MOVIE, Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld, SEINFELD) is a bee who just graduated from college and is disillusioned with his lone career choice: making honey. Barry discovers humans have been stealing and eating the honey and subsequently decides to file a class action lawsuit against humans.

Saturday, November 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

STARSKY & HUTCH stars Ben Stiller (Little Fockers) as David Starsky and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) as Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson in the film adaptation of the original 1970s television series. In the film, Starsky and Hutch are two streetwise undercover cops in 1975 who bust drug criminals in their red and white Ford Torino, with the help of underworld boss, Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg).

9 p.m. ET/PT – Saturday, November 26 on Comedy Network

This silent sketch-comedy troupe performs sketches that are all visual and laugh-out-loud funny. This week, sketches include: Donkey Alarm System, Surgeon’s Sweat, Bar Sneeze, War Gestures, Folk Group Sings Baby to Sleep, The Fat Lady and the Wii and more.

Saturday November 26 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Whose frozen treats will be ‘chilling’ on the shelves in stores across Canada this weekend? Recipe contestant hopefuls include Burnaby’s Mark Tagulao’s Teapolitan Ice Cream, Milton resident Rosy Soobrattee’s Creamy Kulfi or Audrey Tannant’s S’mores Frozen Treat.

7:00pm – Saturday, November 26 on CTV

Co-hosted by VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Nina Dobrev and chart-topping, teen-throb Joe Jonas, the one-hour special MUCH PRESENTS: WE DAY 2011 features highlights from We Day events in Toronto (Sept. 27) and Vancouver (Oct. 13). The celebrity jam-packed special includes musical performances from Nelly Furdado and Joe Jonas, and testimonials from Michael Landsberg, Rick Hansen, City and Colour, Classified, DEGRASSI’s Munro Chambers and Aislinn Paul, Down With Webster, Hedley, and Shaquille O’Neal on what We Day means to them and how they inspire others to get involved. Also featured in the special is a sneak peek at Nelly Furtado’s trip to Africa, and Hedley’s recent trip to India, with Free The Children.