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Til Debt Do Us Part marathons every Sunday starting from 10am ET
(Encore presentation at 3pm ET and 8pm ET)

The holiday cheer is long gone but the resulting bills keep rolling in. Everyone’s looking for ways keep those New Year’s resolutions to tackle that debt and whip their finances into shape. Slice™’s finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade is here to help viewers with five-hour Til Debt Do Us Part marathons airing every Sunday for the month of February, featuring a different theme each weekend.

February 7:  House Poor
(10x30min – various episodes) You’ve bought your dream home, but the bills are giving you nightmares
February 14:  Newlyweds
(10x30min – various episodes) Here comes the bride…now here come the bills!
February 21:  Baby Makes 3
(10x30min – various episodes) A bundle of joy means a change in spending habits 
February 28:  Big Debt
(10x30min – various episodes)T ime to slash spending and start paying back that big debt

As a popular TV personality, owner of a successful construction company and father of two, Bryan Baeumler seems to have his hands full and yet he’s taking on his biggest project to date! He’s building his family’s home from the ground up in the brand new Canadian original series House of Bryan. Premiering January 7 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada, the series chronicles the transformation of Bryan Baeumler’s home from a modest 50-year-old bungalow to the ultimate 4000 square foot custom dream home.

Bryan has just six months to demolish the old house and build his dream home. He has a personal stake in this project not only because he’s passionate about construction, but also from a promise he made to his wife Sarah that he would turn their small starter home into a bigger and more beautiful home their family could grow old in.

“House of Bryan reveals that even for a veteran contractor like Bryan Baeumler, knocking down a house and rebuilding it to suit a family’s needs is not as straightforward as it appears,” said Emily Morgan, VP Content, HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network Canada. “Viewers see how Bryan and his family cope throughout the construction process and how they struggle to keep the project on track.”

Bryan’s valuable experience as a contractor doesn’t mean he’s immune to problems. He battles issues like running out of materials, conflicting opinions with his wife, weather delays, novice workmanship and municipal red tape. House of Bryan provides an insider’s look at home renovations and documents the financial, emotional and physical stress that mounts week to week.

Full episodes of House of Bryan and a photo gallery of before and after pictures will be available at www.hgtv.ca.

DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL

New Episodes or Seasons:

Intervention™, Season 3 (Network Premiere)
Nightly at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 4

My Shocking Story, Season 5 (Network Premiere)
Saturdays at 3pm ET/12pm PT beginning January 9

The Baby Borrowers (Network Premiere)
Saturdays at 2pm ET/11am PT beginning January 9

Obsessed (Network Premiere)
Sundays at 12pm ET/9am PT & 1pm ET/10am PT beginning January 10

FOOD NETWORK

Brand New Series:

Top Chef Masters (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4 (Encore presentations Saturdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT & Sundays at 4pm ET/1pm PT)
Top Chef Masters will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef. The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner.  The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks, with one person eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef. The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

Pitchin’ In (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 4 (Encore presentations Saturdays at 12pm ET/9am PT & 6pm ET/3pm PT)
In the new series Pitchin’ In, Lynn Crawford is doing the unthinkable: quitting her job as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Manhattan and hitting the road for the ultimate chef adventure. Lynn travels to far-flung locations, doing whatever it takes to get at the best, freshest ingredients in the world, even if it means putting herself at risk by tromping through a mucky mosquito-infested bayou in Louisiana or signing up as first mate on a shrimp boat in Oregon. Throughout her journey, she’ll take on any challenge that comes her way, relying on local hunters, fishermen or farmers to show her how it’s done.

Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 11am ET/8am PT)
On her daytime cooking series, season five winner of The Next Food Network Star and stay-at-home mom, Melissa d’Arabian shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian demonstrates home cooking at its finest.

Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 1pm ET/10am PT)
Renowned for his expertise in wildlife and conservation, Jeff Corwin sets his sights on exploring human culture through regional cuisine in his first Food Network endeavor. With an open mind (and mouth), this series follows the passionate foodie and anthropologist as he tears through countries like Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and Peru on radical culinary adventures. Learning from the natives, he samples the exotic foods and local customs that mold each community.

New Episodes or Seasons:

Glutton for Punishment, Season 4 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT beginning January 4

Giada at Home (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT beginning January 5

Dinner Impossible (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 5

The F Word (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 5

Food Network Challenge (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 6

Chopped (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 6

Ace of Cakes (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 7

Barefoot Contessa (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT beginning January 8

The Wild Chef, Season 2 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 8

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 8

HGTV

Brand New Series:

Bang For Your Buck (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 5 (Encore presentations Sundays at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT & 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT)
Bang For Your Buck has the concrete answers on remodelling value and how to get the most out of any renovation budget. In each episode, three homeowners from the same city renovate the same room of the house with the same budget. After the renovation, experts determine the value of each home, dramatically revealing whose remodelling choices were good investment decisions.

House of Bryan (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 11am ET/8am PT & 10pm ET/7pm PT)
Disaster DIY host Bryan Baeumler is tearing down his family’s modest 1000 square foot bungalow and building a 4000 square foot dream home right before our eyes. Be part of the drama as his old house is demolished to make way for the new House of Bryan.

Programming Specials:

HGTV Specials
Sundays at 5pm ET/2pm PT beginning January 10
HGTV brings you brand new 60-minute HGTV specials as well as some viewer favourites from past marathons and stunts in this new weekend timeslot.

New Seasons:

For Rent, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 4

Marriage Under Construction, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 4

Million Dollar Listing, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 5

Dear Genevieve, Season 3 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT beginning January 5

Real Estate Intervention, Season 2 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30 PT beginning January 6

Real Renos, Season 7 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT beginning January 7

House Hunters International, Season 15 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 8

World’s Greenest Homes, Season 2 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT beginning January 8

Location, Location, Location, Season 11 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 8

SLICE™

Brand New Series:

Love Incorporated (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10pm ET/7pm PT & 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT beginning January 11
Love Incorporated follows the real-life relationship of Annabelle and Justin Parfitt, a passionate power-couple as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship and run Fastlife.ca, their successful, international speed-dating business. Justin has set his sights on global expansion of the company, but Annabelle has babies on the brain and wants to settle down. Can they keep the tension of the boardroom out of the bedroom and vice versa? Love Incorporated documents the drama as Justin and Annabelle try their best to have it all. 

New Episodes or Seasons:

Party Mamas, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 5

At The End Of My Leash, Season 6 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 6

The Last 10lbs Bootcamp, Season 4 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 7

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, Season 2 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 5pm ET/2pm PT beginning January 9

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 2 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 9

The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 5 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 9

Marathons

The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 4
Saturday, January 2 from 8am to 10pm ET/5am to 7pm PT
Put the champers on ice, grab your oversized sunglasses, sharpen your claws and catch the entire fourth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County leading into the “sneak peek” premiere episode of season five at 10pm ET/7pm PT.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 1

Sunday, January 3 from 1pm to 9pm ET/10am to 6pm PT
Join Kim, NeNe and the rest of the southern belles for the entire first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta leading into the “sneak peek” premiere episode of season two at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

The award-winning documentary series X-Weighted, as seen on SLICE™, is challenging Canadians to get up off the couch, step away from the junk food, and log on to XWEIGHTED.COM to sign up for THE XWEIGHTED.COM NATIONAL CHALLENGE – a six-month fitness and health challenge designed to facilitate a permanent lifestyle change and a healthy weight transformation for Canadian couch potatoes.

“We’re looking for Canadians to get serious about getting healthy in 2010,” says Paul Plakas, X-Weighted’s fitness expert. “Don’t be afraid of change: you are worth the effort. Get your body moving and eat healthy – what are you waiting for?”

XWEIGHTED.COM NATIONAL CHALLENGE participants will be eligible to win one of three grand prizes: A weekend getaway and customized training session with fitness expert Paul Plakas at his Canmore Retreat; a Toronto makeover weekend by stylist Fred Connors, courtesy of FRED.beauty, Tourism Toronto and The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto’s landmark hotel; and a fabulous home gym provided by Ultimate Sports Equipment.  Additional prizes include Detecto scales, New Balance gift certificates, Nature’s Path gift baskets and more. You can find updated information about prizes and register at XWEIGHTED.COM.

Anyone interested in participating must register no later than January 9, 2010 to create their own personal profile and qualify to be eligible for the prizes. On entering their information into XWEIGHTED.COM they will be provided with a realistic, healthy, six-month weight-loss goal. Participants interested in a personal point of contact are invited to show up at participating fitness centres in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, and Saint John on Saturday January 9 to enjoy a free fitness assessment and meet with memorable X-Weighted experts and past participants from the show. At these locations, participants will be weighed, measured and complete a fitness test that will be timed and recorded by local volunteers. The first 50 participants at each location will receive a special gift bag.

XWEIGHTED.COM acts as an online community centre, providing users with a detailed 26-week guide containing an abundance of fitness expertise, diet resources, challenging questions, useful tips and expert video demonstrations to facilitate a healthy, active lifestyle. The website also provides a social support network allowing participants to upload video and photos, start and join groups, post recipes, join the Facebook and Twitter feed and more. XWEIGHTED.COM enables users to share their personal struggles and successes with each other, and keeps participants connected and inspired on their journey from “before” to “after”.

One of Canada’s most acclaimed personal trainers, Paul Plakas, will be on location in Saint John, NB on January 9. The XWEIGHTED.COM crew will be filming exclusive web footage at the location. Other X-Weighted experts appearing in select cities include: Dr. David Macklin, a leading physician in the field of Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, and Fred Connors, self-esteem expert and proprietor of FRED.beauty in Halifax.

On July 10, XWEIGHTED.COM NATIONAL CHALLENGE participants are invited to return to the same fitness centre they visited at the start of the challenge to once again be weighed-in, measured, repeat the fitness test and celebrate their success.

X-Weighted: Families airs Thursdays at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT and Sundays at 8pm ET/PT on SLICE™.

Fall’s biggest new hit series Glee concluded the first half of its amazing inaugural season last night on Global. It finishes as the only new show to rank in the Top 10 nationally for the key Adults 18-49 demo, and in addition, the fall finale won its timeslot in all three metered markets against intense competition.

Following Glee last night, Michelle Obama took top spot in the much-anticipated Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People special, helping to deliver a strong audience of 1.2 million viewers 2+ and 560,000 viewers A18-49. The annual Barbara Walters Special doubled its audience year-over-year.

GLEE (9pm) FALL FINALE DATA HIGHLIGHTS:

· 1.6 million viewers 2+ nationally

· 840,000 viewers in the key demo A18-49 nationally

· Glee outperformed CTV’s Criminal Minds  by 18% in Toronto; 94% in Vancouver; 5% in Calgary

Pour yourself some eggnog and get out the decorations, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit with HGTV’s Festive Sundays. For four consecutive Sundays beginning November 29, HGTV is counting down to the holidays with back-to-back specials offering entertaining ideas on how to set the perfect holiday atmosphere.

Kicking off the first of Festive Sundays is Sarah’s Holiday Party, a brand new special from much loved décor guru Sarah Richardson and her partner-in-design Tommy Smythe. With her annual holiday soirée around the corner Sarah gives viewers a peek at her personal style and for the first time, invites audiences into her home as she pulls together her renowned holiday party. Come along as Sarah makes her holiday shopping list, checks it twice and prepares to entertain in style. Together, Sarah and Tommy create holiday projects including hanging tea-light votives, stockings, and painted pine cones and navigate the key elements of throwing a holiday event to remember. Whether decking the halls, giving tips on how to be a good guest, or sharing secrets on party prep and ‘day of’ activities, Sarah’s Holiday Party is packed with tried, tested and true methods for decorating, entertaining and gift giving.

Sarah’s Holiday Party spans from on-air to online as hgtv.ca/holiday will be streaming the special along with an exclusive webisode and step-by-step holiday project plans from Sarah Richardson. For this and more holiday entertaining ideas visit the number one destination for the season: www.hgtv.ca/holiday.

HGTV’s Programming Line-up During Festive Sundays Includes:

SUN., NOV. 29:

1pm ET/6pm ET 25 Great Holiday Ideas                                                                        (Encore Presentation)
2pm ET/7pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Holiday Homecoming (Canadian Premiere)
3pm ET/8pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party (World Broadcast Premiere)

SUN., DEC. 6:

1pm ET/6pm ET My Parents’ House: Home for The Holidays (Encore Presentation)
2pm ET/7pm ET Decked For The Holidays (Canadian Premiere)               
3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Magical Merry Christmas (Canadian Premiere)

SUN., DEC. 13:

1pm ET/6pm ET design inc. Holiday (Encore Presentation)
2pm ET/7pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party (Encore Presentation)
3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Season of Surprise (Canadian Premiere)

SUN., DEC. 20:
1pm ET/6pm ET Carter Comes Home (Canadian Premiere)
2pm ET/7pm ET Celebrity Holiday Homes (Canadian Premiere)
3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Winter Wonderland Party (Canadian Premiere)

BRAND NEW FOOD NETWORK HOLIDAY SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
With 14 brand new holiday specials premiering throughout the holiday season there is surely something to get everyone in the spirit.

Dear Food Network Holiday Parties (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Nov. 28 at 8pm ET
It’s party time! Tyler Florence hosts a festive hour exploring all kinds of easy holiday parties from simple cocktail and dinner parties, to potlucks and cookie swaps. Guest starring Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson and Sandra Lee.

Dear Food Network Holiday Desserts (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 5 at 8pm ET
No holiday is complete without sweets! Host Paula Deen and guest Chefs Tyler Florence, Sunny Anderson, and Michael Symon indulge in their favourite holiday desserts.

All Star Holiday Extravaganza (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 11am ET
The Food Network All Stars are getting together to share savory recipes and swap good cheer. Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentiis, the Neelys, Sunny Anderson, Guy Fieri and Alton Brown kick back at a New York City loft to cook, chat and share their All Star tips on casual entertaining for the holiday season.

Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle Morimoto Vs. Flay (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 2pm ET and 9pm ET
The Chairman has a special holiday surprise for everyone. He’s decided to pit Iron Chef Bobby Flay versus Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto against each other and to add flair and fun to this exciting holiday battle, the Chairman has also invited some special guests – ice carvers to create amazing additions to the chefs’ presentation!

Food Network Challenge Giant Gingerbread (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 7pm ET
In the Giant Gingerbread Challenge two teams of three pastry chefs face off to build six feet tall gingerbread houses. Not only do they have to make the houses stand tall in just eight hours, the teams have to decorate the houses in the holiday spirit. The winning team will take home ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Good Eats Holiday: Twas The Night Before Good Eats (Canadian Premiere)
Tues., Dec. 8 at 1pm ET and 10pm ET
A dark holiday night finds Alton Brown visited by a series of culinary spirits which drive him to prepare long lost yuletide classics.

Unwrapped Holiday Favourites (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec 9 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this seasonal special Host Marc Summers decks the halls with everything from Korbel champagne to Sara Lee pumpkin pie and from peanut brittle to amazing gingerbread houses.

Chopped Holiday: Season’s Chopping (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec. 8 at 10pm ET
In this special the chefs learn that as an added challenge, each of their dishes must have a holiday theme. How will their festive dishes take shape?

Dinner Impossible: Robert and Guy’s Holiday Havoc (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 10 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
On a special holiday edition of Dinner Impossible, Robert is surprised when Guy Fieri pops up to deliver an extreme Holiday mission.  Robert and Guy join forces with Share our Strength to give members of the Santa
Rosa Boys and Girls Clubs a day they’ll never forget.  For starters, Robert and Guy must create a meal for 300 guests of the Boys and Girls Club in just 10 hours.  

Throwdown Holiday: Feast of Seven Fishes (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 1pm ET and 9pm ET
Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. Although, this year ’tis the season for the tables to be turned, when the Pellegrino family of Rao’s Restaurant, in New York City, challenge Chef Bobby Flay to a holiday Throwdown!  

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Christmas in the North Pole (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 2pm ET and 10pm ET
Guy Fieri is taking the Camaro to the great, white north for a holiday party like none other in the town of North Pole, Alaska. Guy will hit some local joints and sample smoked caribou at Big Daddy’s BBQ, Mongolian Beef at Chinese restaurant staple Pagoda and homemade ice cream at Hot Licks.

Dear Food Network: Holiday Roast Beast (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 8pm ET
Bobby Flay hosts an all-roast hour featuring juicy and tender masterpieces that will wow your holiday guests. Guest starring Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Danny Boome, and Sunny Anderson.

Guy’s Disney Holiday (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 17 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this one hour special, Guy Fieri explores the amazing holiday destination that is Disneyland. Guy, along with various members of his family, will highlight a variety of food including baked goods, candy canes and Christmas Eve dinner.

Dear Food Network Holiday Family Traditions (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 19 at 8pm ET
Food Network stars share their favorite holiday memories, family traditions and recipes. Hosted by Giada DeLaurentiis, and guest starring Michael Symon, Tyler Florence, and Danny Boome.

FOOD NETWORK HOLIDAY MARATHONS:
Settle in during the holidays and tune in to Food Network for marathons of some of your favourite series.

Sat., and Sun., from Dec., 5 to Dec., 20 Mornings Over Easy Holiday Cooking Marathons, Weeks 1, 2 and 3 9am ET to 1pm ET
Wed., Dec. 23 Jamie’s Great Italian Escape Marathon 4pm ET to 7pm ET and 8pm ET to 11pm ET
Thurs., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Diners Drive-Ins and Dives  Marathon12pm ET to 6am ET
Fri., Dec. 25 Christmas Day Ace of Cakes, Food Network Challenge and At The Table With Marathons 6am ET to 6am ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Boxing Day Top Chef II Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Big Chef Takes On Little Chef Marathon 11am ET to 3pm ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Family Restaurant Marathon 3pm ET to 8pm ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Heston’s Feast Marathon 8pm ET to 12am ET
Mon., Dec. 28 Chef Abroad Marathon 6am ET to 12pm ET (repeats 6pm ET to 12am ET)
Mon., Dec. 28 Glutton For Punishment Marathon 12pm ET to 6pm ET
Tues., Dec. 29 Unwrapped Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Wed., Dec. 30 Chopped Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Thurs., Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner Impossible Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Fri., Jan. 1 New Year’s Day The Next Food Network Star Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Sat., Jan. 2 Hell’s Kitchen IV Marathon 9am ET to 6am ET
Sun., Jan. 3 Iron Chef America Marathon 3pm ET to 7pm ET

HGTV’S FESTIVE SUNDAYS:
Let the countdown begin! Starting Sunday November 29, HGTV is counting down to the holidays with blocks of holiday specials airing Sundays from 1pm ET to 3pm ET (encore presentation from 6pm ET to 9pm ET). From tips on how to set the perfect holiday atmosphere to family friendly ways to dress-up the home, this holiday season HGTV has something for everyone.

SUN., NOV. 29:
1pm ET/6pm ET 25 Great Holiday Ideas
(Encore Presentation)
This one-hour special features 25 great holiday decorating and entertaining ideas all inspired by HGTV US viewers. Designers Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich show how to trim trees, deck the halls and transform homes into a wonderful place to welcome holiday guests.

2pm ET/7pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Holiday Homecoming
(Canadian Premiere)
A family that has remained optimistic despite challenges that no family should endure gets a well-deserved holiday surprise – the return of a family member who hasn’t been home in years. Sandra teaches them how to create a holiday atmosphere filled with food, décor, and gifts on an amazingly small budget. She also helps them throw a party that’s sure to whet your appetite and warm your heart.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party
(World Broadcast Premiere)
Get ready to decorate your tree and invite a gang over to celebrate the season – Sarah style! Join Sarah and her designer sidekick, Tommy, as they deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit. Get the insider scoop on how Toronto’s most stylish decorator throws a party.

SUN., DEC. 6:

1pm ET/6pm ET Decked For The Holidays
(Canadian Premiere)                
From doorstoppers and tree toppers to outdoor decor and more, host Karen McAloon presents a list of holiday makeover tips and party secrets to help fill any home with that festive feeling. Don’t miss Karen’s little helpers, designers Frank Fontana and Erinn Valencich as they show you how to turn those not-so-seasonal rooms into a holiday haven.

2pm ET/7pm ET Behind the Magic: The Holidays at Disney
(Canadian Premiere)                
No place on earth creates ‘magic’ like Disney and the holidays are no exception! Enjoy an amazing behind the scenes look at the immense preparation and execution of decorating Disney World for the holidays. Join host David Bromstad as he gets in on the act, creating his own holiday display at one of the resorts.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Magical Merry Christmas
(Canadian Premiere)
In this poignant holiday special, Sandra introduces us to a family that has already experienced life’s greatest gift – a family member who has beat a life-threatening illness. Sandra teaches them how to not only create the perfect party for their own family but also how to use their decorations, centerpieces and even desserts to help others by ‘paying them forward’ to a local charity.

SUN., DEC. 13:

1pm ET/6pm ET design inc. Holiday
(Encore Presentation)
The entire design inc. team descends on a couple’s first home to give the entire ground floor an update and decorate for Christmas. It’s a race against the clock to have this place not only ready to live in but also prepared for an all-important holiday cocktail party.

2pm ET/7pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party
(Encore Presentation)
Get ready to decorate your tree and invite a gang over to celebrate the season – Sarah style! Join Sarah and her designer sidekick, Tommy, as they deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit. Get the insider scoop on how Toronto’s most stylish decorator throws a party.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Season of Surprise
(Canadian Premiere)
In this touching show, Sandra Lee surprises a deserving family by teaching them how to throw a warm multi-generational holiday reunion party with a surprise guest they haven’t seen in a while.  Sandra shows them how to preserve lifelong family memories, update heirloom party décor, and create unforgettable family holiday recipes so that they’ll be able to plan perfect parties for years to come.

SUN., DEC. 20:

1pm ET/6pm ET My Parents’ House: Home for The Holidays
(Encore Presentation)
This holiday season, My Parents’ House lends a helping hand to a devoted mom who has 11 stockings to fill. With a dedicated MPH team and a little Christmas magic, Andrika and Emmanuel help the Smele children deck the halls of their mother’s house and give her a holiday gift that will be remembered for years to come.

2pm ET/7pm ET Celebrity Holiday Homes
(Canadian Premiere)
The best seasonal decorating tips get a dash of star power, as designers dress up a celebrity’s home for the holidays and provide a glimpse into the way these well loved celebs celebrate.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Winter Wonderland Party
(Canadian Premiere)
Sandra works with one lucky family to teach them how to throw the ultimate winter wonderland holiday party for their entire neighbourhood. What’s more, there’s a surprise at show’s end you won’t soon forget!

HGTV HOLIDAY MARATHONS:
HGTV is offering heart warming holiday and home-reno themed marathons sure to put everyone into the holiday spirit.

Thurs., Dec. 24: 3pm ET – 10pm ET (encore presentation from 10pm ET – 4am ET)
3pm ET 25 Great Holiday Ideas Encore Presentation
4pm ET A Very Merry Curb Appeal Encore Presentation
5pm ET Carter Can: Home for the Holidays Canadian Premiere
5:30pm ET Home for the Holidays 2009 Canadian Premiere
6pm ET Decked for the Holiday Encore Presentation
7pm ET design inc. Holiday Encore Presentation
8pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party Encore Presentation
9pm ET Behind the Magic: The Holidays at Disney Encore Presentation

Fri., Dec. 25: 11am ET – 8pm ET (encore presentation from 8pm ET – 5am ET)
11am ET Extreme Makeover Home Edition, “Holiday Wishes Pt 1 Encore Presentation
12pm ET Extreme Makeover Home Edition, “Holiday Wishes Pt 2 Encore Presentation
1pm ET Holmes for The Holidays Encore Presentation

Fri., Dec. 25 Holmes in New Orleans The Series 2pm ET to 8pm ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Family Renovation Marathon 11:30am ET to 6pm ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Extreme Makeover Home Edition 6pm ET to 1am ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Home To Flip, Season One Marathon 9pm ET to 3:30pm ET
Mon., Dec. 28 Sarah’s House, Season One Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Tues., Dec. 29 Income Property, Season Two Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Wed., Dec. 30 Property Virgins Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Thurs., Dec. 31 House Hunters Marathon 12pm ET to 7:30pm ET
Fri., Jan. 1 HGTV’s Top Ten Marathon 10am ET to 4pm ET
Fri., Jan. 1 Disaster DIY Marathon 4pm ET to 11pm ET
Sat., Jan. 2 Flipping Out Marathon 11am ET to 6pm ET
Sun., Jan. 3 Holmes Inspection Marathon 11am ET to 12am ET

For more holiday programming information visit the Food Network and HGTV pages at:
http://www.canwesttvmedia.com/

Canwest and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television will proudly pay tribute to three Canadian comedic television gems at the 24th Annual Gemini Awards.

This Saturday, November 14 – 9pm ET/PT on Global and Showcase (please check local listings), the Gemini Awards will salute Corner Gas, Royal Canadian Air Farce and Trailer Park Boys for their outstanding and enduring contributions to the Canadian television industry. Having recently wrapped their final seasons, the Academy will honour these influential comedies with a special look back at their funniest moments on-air. Cast members from each show will be on hand to accept their award.

“Each of these series has had an incredible impact on Canadian entertainment, delighting audiences across the country and around the world,” said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Daring and original, these shows will be remembered for their memorable characters and distinctly Canadian brand of humour for years to come.”

“Canadians have always had their fingers on the pulse of great humour, and we’re delighted to collaborate with the Academy on this important tribute to these three exemplary comedies,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “They have carved out a special place in the hearts of so many Canadians and it’s with great pride we pay them their due.”

Adding to the list of previously announced Gemini presenters, such as Cory Monteith (Glee), Rick Mercer (The Rick Mercer Report), Hugh Dillon (FlashPoint), Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), George Stroumboulopoulos (The Hour), Amber Marshall & Graham Wardle (Heartland) and Mark McKinney (Less Than Kind), the Academy is thrilled to announce another round of celebrities presenting at this year’s gala, including Arlene Dickinson and W. Brett Wilson (Dragon’s Den), Brandon Firla and Zaib Shaikh (Little Mosque on the Prairie), Gabrielle Miller (Corner Gas) and Alex Lifeson of Rush.

About the Honourees:

Deriving its name from the roadside gas station in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, the first episode of Corner Gas aired on January 22, 2004 on CTV and attracted 1.5 million viewers. Seen in over 26 countries around the world, Corner Gas has received a total of six Gemini Awards and Season 1 of the hit comedy garnered an International Emmy nomination. Notable guest stars include Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, Adrienne Clarkson, Colin Mochrie, Lloyd Robertson, The Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, Shirley Douglas, Mike Holmes, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Buble.

Beginning in 1970 as an improv group, Royal Canadian Air Farce has made audiences laugh for almost 40-years. Air Farce has established several television benchmarks in its 300-episode run on CBC, including being the first Canadian comedy series to notch over a million viewers in ratings. As impressive in ratings as in guest stars, Air Farce has welcomed a gamut of Canadian celebrities onto the show, including Prime Ministers, Premiers, party leaders and cabinet ministers, Olympians, NHL and CFL champions, recording artists, actors and sex experts. Air Farce honours have included the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, two Viewers’ Choice Gemini Awards, and the Earle Grey Gemini for Lifetime Achievement.

Trailer Park Boys follows the story of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles – three guys whose view of the world has been shaped by their experiences growing up in Sunnyvale Trailer Park. First introduced to Showcase viewers in 2001, it quickly grew into a ratings success and pop culture phenomenon. The series became the highest-rated Canadian show on specialty television in 2004* and won Gemini Awards for Best Comedy Series (2004) and Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series (2005). Several famous recording artists have appeared on the show, including Alex Lifeson of Rush, singer Rita MacNeil, Brian Vollmer of Helix, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and singer/songwriter Denny Doherty.

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian English-language television industry. The Gemini Awards bring together over 2,500 of Canada’s most gifted craftspeople, producers and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

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Canwest and Canada’s Walk of Fame proudly announce international performer and award-winning singer, Anne Murray, as Host of the 12th Annual Walk of Fame Tribute, also known as The Canada Honours.

Premiering Sunday, September 13th – 9pm ET/PT on Global and SLICETM, the annual star-packed gala event will be held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 12 and will feature retrospective videos, special performances and celebrity presenters who will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

“As one of the inaugural inductees, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect host for this year’s event than Anne Murray,” commented Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Global Television. “The amazing line up of talented inductees, with Anne at the helm, guarantees our audience a remarkable evening of entertainment.”

A 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame recipient, Anne Murray has delighted millions of fans around the world with her signature voice and time honoured songs. Having sold over 54 million recordings, Murray has been recognized by the music industry many times over, including four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, three American Music Awards and three CMA Awards. She is currently finishing work on her memoirs to be published by Knopf Canada and released by Random House in North America on October 27th.

“Anne Murray’s music has endeared her to millions of Canadians,” said Peter Soumalias, Founding Director, and President of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “Her rich voice is recognized around the world and her timeless songs have become woven into the fabric of our nation’s culture. She is a true ambassador of Canada’s global contribution to music.”

Celebrating its 12th annual ceremony, this year’s tribute will expand Canada’s Walk of Fame’s list of inductees to 124, shining the spotlight on these Canadian icons: musical group Blue Rodeo; actor, the late Raymond Burr; actress Kim Cattrall; rocker Tom Cochrane; designers Dean & Dan Caten (Dsquared2); comedian Howie Mandel; children’s author Robert Munsch and Para-Olympian Chantal Petitclerc.

The two-hour Walk of Fame Tribute / The Canada Honours, is presented to a selection of internationally recognized Canadian luminaries for their lifetime achievements in the fields of music, sport, film and television, as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation.