Anne of Green Gables

CTV and ‘A’ Celebrate ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

This December with a Comprehensive Lineup of F-ANNE-tastic Programming

– CTV and ‘A’ to air more than 30 hours of complementary ANNE OF GREEN GABLES programming in support of A NEW BEGINNING –
– Movies and Animated Specials flood both networks throughout December –

Toronto, ON (December 4, 2008) – Attention f-ANNE-atics! Red hair and freckles invade TVs across Canada this holiday season with a full slate of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES programming. It’s all in support of the world premiere of the CTV movie and television event ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING on Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. With more than 30 hours of ANNE programming set to air on both CTV and ‘A’, new and returning fans can fall in love with the precocious orphan all over again!

In addition to the A NEW BEGINNING premiere on CTV, Anne Shirley fans can look forward to ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE ANIMATED SERIES (beginning Monday, December 22), and the animated feature ANNE: JOURNEY TO GREEN GABLES (Saturday, December 27) on CTV.

On ‘A’, the Anne extravaganza continues with the ROAD TO AVONLEA Christmas special, AN AVONLEA CHRISTMAS (Saturday, December 6) and the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series (Saturday, December 13). Meanwhile, New Year’s Eve, Day and Weekend sees nine hours of Anne programming, including ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE SEQUEL (Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1) and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE CONTINUING STORY (Friday, January 2 and Saturday, January 3).

**Media Note** – Download photos from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series and mini-series as well as ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING at ctvmedia.ca.

“The extensive collection of ANNE movies and specials will give viewers a chance to watch the evolution of this iconic character,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Longtime Anne fans can revel in reacquainting themselves with this internationally-beloved character while new ones discover the joy that is Anne Shirley.”

Holiday programming from the Sullivan Entertainment library on CTV includes the following:

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING ON CTV
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING
Sunday, December 14 from 7 – 10 p.m. ET
Anne Shirley is one of the world’s most heartwarming iconic characters – but what happened before her surprising arrival at Green Gables in Prince Edward Island? Starring Hannah Endicott-Douglas (THE GOOD WITCH, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY) as a young Anne Shirley, Oscar Nominee/Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Barbara Hershey (Beaches, Portrait of a Lady) as the older Anne Shirley, Rachel Blanchard (Where the Truth Lies, 7TH HEAVEN, CLUELESS) as Louisa Thomas, Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes, Terms of Endearment, Bewitched) as Amelia Thomas, and Ron Lea (RACE TO MARS, THIS IS WONDERLAND) as Gene Armstrong, this expansive new movie, which is both a prequel and a sequel to the original films, answers that question. Audiences will learn about the foundations of Anne’s childhood that shaped her life and haunted her in later years: the origins of her carpet bag; the source of her expression, “kindred spirits”; the development of her intense imagination as a means of survival; and most profoundly, many of the relationships with adults and peers that structured her character so distinctively, prior to her arrival at Green Gables.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE ANIMATED SERIES
Monday, December 22 to Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m. ET and 10:30 a.m. ET
Monday, December 29 to Friday, January 2 at 10 a.m. ET and 10:30 a.m. ET
The colourful world of Anne Shirley is brought to life as Anne learns to solve problems and develop strong emotional relationships with new friends and family in Avonlea. Anne Shirley – who creates havoc all too often, but with the best of intentions – learns valuable life lessons throughout each episode of the animated series.

ANNE: JOURNEY TO GREEN GABLES
Saturday, December 27 from 8 a.m. ET
In this two-hour animated prequel to the classic story, plucky young orphan Anne Shirley is sent by her foster parents to live in Grout Orphanage, operated by the unbearably cruel Madam Poubelle. Can Anne escape the orphanage to find new friends and a family to care for her?

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING ON ‘A’

AN AVONLEA CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. ET
From the classic Canadian series ROAD TO AVONLEA comes this holiday special which pays tribute to the indomitable and sometimes intolerable matriarch of the King family, Hetty King (Jackie Burroughs). When she suddenly collapses during the holidays, Hetty is hospitalized. Feeling homesick and alone, she begins to re-evaluate her relationships and her accomplishments in life.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
PART 1: Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m. ET
PART 2: Saturday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET
Filmed amidst the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, this Emmy Award-winning production follows the enchanting life of orphan Anne Shirley (Megan Follows, ROBSON ARMS), from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman. Along with Follows, Tony Award-winner Colleen Dewhurst (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Annie Hall) and Academy Award-nominee Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horseman, The Grey Fox, The Natural) give unparalleled performances in this critically-acclaimed motion picture, based on the international best-selling novel. Encore presentations of Part 1 and 2 will air on Monday, December 29 at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 30 at 7 p.m. ET respectively.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE SEQUEL
PART 1: Wednesday, December 31 at 7 p.m. ET
PART 2: Thursday, January 1 at 7 p.m. ET
The enchanting sequel to the Emmy Award-winning ANNE OF GREEN GABLES finds Anne Shirley making the transition from a romantic, impetuous orphan to an outspoken, adventurous and accomplished young teacher. Megan Follows returns to her role as Anne, while Tony Award-winner Colleen Dewhurst (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Annie Hall) stars as Marilla Cuthbert, and Oscar-winning actress Dame Wendy Hiller (The Countess Alice) appears as the prickly dowager Mrs. Harris.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE CONTINUING STORY
PART 1: Friday, January 2 at 7 p.m. ET
PART 2: Saturday, January 3 at 7 p.m. ET
Now in her twenties, Anne (Megan Follows, ROBSON ARMS) returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla Cuthbert’s death. Gilbert (Jonathan Crombie, Empty Room) has been offered a position in a hospital in New York, and he persuades Anne to come with him. He arranges a position for her at a large publishing house, but big city life is not what they expected. Meanwhile, the Great War is blossoming in Europe, and many of Anne’s former classmates have enlisted to serve. The thrilling and affecting story follows the characters from New York, to Europe and the war effort, eventually returning them to the red earth of Prince Edward Island.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP ON CTV AND ‘A’ – CHRONOLOGICAL BY DATE

AN AVONLEA CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
PART 1: Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’
PART 2: Saturday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ‘A’
Encore presentations of Part 1 and 2 air Monday, December 29 at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 30 at 7 p.m. ET.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING
Sunday, December 14 from 7 – 10 p.m. ET on CTV *NEW*

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE ANIMATED SERIES
Monday, December 22 to Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m. ET and 10:30 a.m. ET on CTV
Monday, December 29 to Friday, January 2 at 10 a.m. ET and 10:30 a.m. ET on CTV

ANNE: JOURNEY TO GREEN GABLES
Saturday, December 27 from 8 – 10 a.m. ET on CTV

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE SEQUEL
PART 1: Wednesday, December 31 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’
PART 2: Thursday, January 1 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE CONTINUING STORY
PART 1: Friday, January 2 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’
PART 2: Saturday, January 3 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’