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“Mambo Italiano” – Saturday, December 29th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: Paul Sorvino, Luke Kirby and Peter Miller

Angelo Barberini (Kirby) is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino (Sorvino) and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the United States. Angelo shocks his uber – traditional parents by moving out on his own before marriage, and sends them into a downward emotional spiral when he reveals that he’s gay. However, his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi (Miller) isn’t as ready to come out of the closet — especially not to his busybody mother, Lina.

“Any Given Sunday” – Wednesday, December 26th

8:00PM ET/CT/MT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary

Starring: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J

An aging football coach (Pacino) finds himself struggling with his personal and professional life while trying to hold his team together under new management. The star quarterback has been knocked out of the game and a rookie player (Foxx) replaces him only to become exposed to the inside world of professional sports. Meanwhile, the coach finds himself constantly at battle with the team owner’s money and power hungry daughter (Diaz) intent on proving herself in a man’s world.

“Alien vs. Predator” – Friday, December 21st

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Available in High Definition on Citytv HD Toronto

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova and Lance Henriksen

An expedition of archaeologists on Earth discover an Aztec temple hidden under the Antarctic Circle, housing a host of Alien creatures. A group of coming-of-age Predators have also come to the temple, as it has long been a training ground for their race. A battle between the species ensues with the humans caught in the middle.

“Christmas Card” – Sunday, December 23rd

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Available in High Definition on Citytv HD Toronto

Starring: Alice Evans, John Newton, Edward Asner, Brian Robinson
In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Cody Cullen is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman from the picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

“Chasing Christmas” – Saturday, December 22nd

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth and Jed Rees

A Christmas Carol – with a twist! The Bureau of Yuletide Affairs chooses one soul every year that is in need of a Spiritual Guilt Trip, visiting them with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. But this year, the Ghost of Christmas Past decides to escape the spirit world, trapping his subject Jack as well in his own past — suburban 1962. The Ghost of Christmas Present is sent to right things before the paradox destroys all of creation.

“The Family Man” – Wednesday, December 19th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle

On Christmas Eve, two days before pulling off a multi-billion-dollar merger, Wall Street hot-shot Jack Campbell (Cage) gets a message from a woman he almost married 13 years before (Leoni). Christmas morning, Jack wakes up next to his old girlfriend, in some sort of parallel universe. Over the next few weeks, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d married her: a house in Jersey, two children, bowling trophies, a job at his father-in-law’s tire store and a lot of love from his wife Kate. All this leaves Jack wondering which of his lives would have truly make him happiest?

“Too Cool for Christmas” – Monday, December 17th

9:00PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver

Starring: George Hamilton and Brooke Nevin

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Deerfield wants absolutely nothing to do with her family this Christmas. When a mall Santa asks Lindsay for help revamping his look in a last ditch attempt to rekindle his relationship with the missus, she agrees and launches a full beauty attack. The closer she gets to the whiskery old man, the more Lindsay begins to feel the Christmas spirit. Could this mall Santa be the real deal?

Citytv’s charitable initiative continues with “BT and CityNews Spirit of the Season”, live from The Sheraton Centre Toronto, Friday December 21st, 2007. Live coverage begins at 6:00am ET on “BT” and continues throughout the day on CP24, “CityNews at Noon” and “CityNews at Six”.

Want to spread some holiday cheer in support of a good cause? Come on down to The Sheraton Centre Toronto and take part in “BT and CityNews Spirit of the Season” benefiting Daily Bread Food Bank. The fun starts bright and early with a live broadcast of “BT” from the lobby of The Sheraton Centre. Special guest and singing sensation Serena Ryder joins Dina Pugliese, Kevin Frankish, Jennifer Valentyne, Tracy Moore and Frank Ferragine in singing some classic holiday tunes. Plus, “CityNews” personalities will be stopping by to share in the festivities. We’ll have seasonal cooking demonstrations, face painting and great giveaways. And the day wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Viewers are encouraged to bring a donation of nutritious non-perishable food items for Daily Bread Food Bank. Some of the most needed items include; peanut butter, baby food and formula, canned fish and canned meats. Monetary contributions are also accepted in the form of cash or cheque.

Get into the holilday spirit and help support Daily Bread Food Bank with “BT and CityNews Spirit of the Season”, Friday, December 21st, 2007 starting at 6:00am. Live broadcast coverage starts with “BT” and continues throughout the day on CP24, “CityNews at Noon” and “CityNews at Six”.

This holiday season, Citytv is a proud sponsor of the Daily Bread Food Bank Holiday Drive. For further information on this and other Citytv Daily Bread Food Bank activities, please visit www.citytv.com.

Ring in 2008 with Citytv, as we bring you “Citytv New Year’s Bash ‘08”, a special outdoor free New Year’s Eve Concert and live broadcast from Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, with hosts Gord Martineau, Kathryn Humphreys, Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish. Now in its 23rd year live from Nathan Phillips Square, “Citytv New Year’s Bash ‘08” is one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Canada. It’s the Party you don’t want to miss!!

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Citytv Toronto: 11:00pm-12:15am ET

OMNI 2 Toronto: 11:00pm-12:15am ET

Citytv Winnipeg: 11:00pm-12:15am CT

Citytv Calgary, Edmonton: 11:00pm-12:15am MT

Citytv Vancouver: 11:00pm-12:15am PT

The pre-show starts at 8:00pm, with Dwight Drummond and Merella Fernandez in the Square. This year, local bands and performers will take to the stage at 9:00pm to showcase the diverse music talent that is thriving in the G.T.A. — Carried Away, The Midway State, Skye Sweetnam, and Grand:PM will get thousands of New Year’s revelers into the party mood as we near the end of 2007 and prepare to for our telecast at 11:00pm.

Join us for an alcohol-free evening of entertainment –– bring out the hot chocolate, long johns and flannel blankets to keep you warm … things will definitely heat up as you dance the night away and ring in the new year!

This year’s Performers include:

Plain White T’s

For almost a decade, Plain White T’s have been playing to packed audiences craving that perfect pop-punk punch. Their journey has taken the band to Warped Tour three times, landed them opening slots for bands like Jimmy Eat World and AFI, and now finds the high-energy five-piece about to kick-off the 2007 Young Wild Things Tour with Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes. Plain White T’s are road warriors in the truest sense and with their first major label album, Every Second Counts, the band is ready to rock in a big way. PWT’s story started back in high school, when frontman Tom Higgenson first stepped into Chicago’s famed rock club The Metro and saw his future on the stage. Armed with paper, pen and guitar, Tom went to task experimenting with lyrics and melodies on a four-track in his parents’ Villa Park, Illinois home. Once he’d recruited bandmates Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo, De’Mar Hamilton and Tim Lopez, it was only a matter of a time before the Plain White T’s were playing the Metro themselves. The music industry took notice of their success and after selling thousands of copies of their self-released 2002 debut, Stop, PWT’s were picked up by Fearless Records. But it was their acoustic-tinged Hey There Delilah that cemented their status as potential hit makers, garnering them two Grammy nominations this year.

Roz Bell

Roz Bell’s debut album, The First Sunbeams is the sum total of a wildly diverse set of influences all coming together on his first record. The first single, Yesterday Man, shows Roz’s eclectic nature in song writing and his talent as a musician. It’s an album made up of short, simple stories, the boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl sort of timeless songs that are the foundation for contemporary music. Born Kevin Rosaire Bellemare and raised in Holland Landing, his parents schooled him on country classics. Still, like every good music-loving youngster, he had to find his own music. Hip-hop’s had a strong hold on Roz. He started writing rap songs at age 13 before discovering thoughtful rock in high school. The First Sunbeams is definitely a singing and guitar playing album, but also a whole lot more. Few people can so effortlessly synthesize a youth full of country records, high school rap years and an emerging singer/songwriting streak into simple, genre-defying classic pop … but that’s what Roz has done with The First Sunbeams.

Cast of We Will Rock You

The Toronto Cast of We Will Rock You stars many of the brightest talents from across the country, including Yvan Pedneault as the rebel hero Galileo, Erica Peck as the feisty Scaramouche, Alana Bridgewater as the Killer Queen, Evan Buliung as Khashoggi, Jack Langedijk as Pop, Sterling Jarvis as Britney and Valerie Stanois as Oz. Now playing at the Canon Theatre in Toronto, the production has not had a single performance where audiences haven’t stood and cheered (and danced in the aisles).

JDIGGZ

His debut release is called Memoirs Of A Playbwoy, but JDiggz is more than a frivolous bon vivant. Not only can he charm the ladies, but he can lay down a slick rhyme and produce the beats to match. His talents have been noticed by the likes of video director Lil X, The Game and he participated in this years “Back to School” national campaign for Roots Canada, and his album is in stores now! The future is bright for Canada’s hottest up-and-coming rap star.

Samba Squad

Created by award-winning percussionist Rick Shadrach Lazar, Samba Squad is an innovative batteria (drum corps) born out of the Brazilian tradition of Batucada and Escola de Samba. This vibrant 20-plus member tear-down-da-house percussion posse takes you on a dance-till-you-drop tour of global grooves. Samba Squad shows bust out in energy and excitement, as cutting edge innovations fulfill the beat migrations created by the African Diaspora: the musical roots of Afro-Brasil, Afro-Cuba, North and West Africa, as well as elements of Urban Funk and Hip-hop, are dropped into a seething cauldron to produce a raw organic dance part-tay.

Don’t miss “Citytv’s New Year’s Eve Bash ‘08” Monday, December 31st live on Citytv and OMNI 2 (Toronto). Available in HD on CitytvHD (Toronto), Rogers Cable 519.

Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali join forces to host the ultimate school of hard knocks when “American Gladiators” premieres with a two-hour special on Sunday, January 6th, 2008, on Citytv.

Broadcast Schedule as Follows:

Citytv Toronto
Sunday, January 6th – 9:00pm ET (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 8:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Available in Toronto on Citytv HD (Rogers Channel 519)

Citytv Winnipeg

Sunday, January 6th – 8:00pm CT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 7:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Calgary
Sunday, January 6th – 10:00pm MT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 9:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Edmonton
Sunday, January 6th – 10:00pm MT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 9:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Vancouver
Sunday, January 6th– 9:00pm PT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 8:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

The iconic competition show of the 90s returns with more thrills, stunts and spectacle then ever before. In the newly revamped “American Gladiators” amateur athletes – at the top of their game – face off against 12 new Gladiators in a David and Goliath style battle. Six men and six women make up the team of action-adventure stars prepared to stop at nothing to destroy the competition. As each challenger prepares to go head to head with a villainous Gladiator, the viewer gets an inside glimpse into their world as they train for their match. Opposing forces fight it out in classic events such as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator which have received serious upgrades with more adrenaline and water stunts.

“American Gladiators” marks the first time wrestling great Hulk Hogan and boxing champion Laila Ali have hosted a competition show.

No stranger to athletic competition, Hulk Hogan is a gladiator in his own right. A former WWE Champion many times over, Hogan is one of the most well known wrestlers of all-time. Throughout the course of his extraordinary career, Hogan has accomplished things no other wrestler has. He is the only wrestler ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he has headlined 10 WrestleManias and he’s starred in numerous feature films. Most recently Hogan, along with his family, opened their home to the American public starring in the reality show “Hogan Knows Best”, which documents their every day life. In 2005, Hogan’s illustrious career earned him an induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame by long time friend Sylvester Stallone.

The daughter of world heavyweight champion Mohammad Ali, Laila Ali made her professional boxing debut on October 8th, 1999, and is currently the undefeated Super Middleweight Boxing Champion of the world with a 24-0 record and 21 knock-outs. While Ali has undoubtedly been the major draw in women’s boxing for years, she recently took on a new challenge, strutting her stuff in front of America every week on “Dancing With The Stars.” In addition, she is the author of a motivational book titled Reach!

Tune into the two- hour premiere of American Gladiators on Sunday, January 6th. Then, catch all of the action weekly starting Monday, January 7th on Citytv stations across Canada.