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Remote northern TV viewers will soon have no access to CBC after the broadcaster announced it would be shutting down its analog television transmitters in all rural areas from July 31.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians will no longer be able to pick up CBC on the old rabbit ears as the broadcaster shifts its focus to digital.

The decision will have a major affect in the likes of northern Manitoba, which as the Conference Board of Canada states has three of the five lowest median income regions in the country.

With cable and satellite services not being an option to many low income households, the departure of CBC is a blow. Continue reading »

Pioneering Inuit broadcaster Jonah Kelly has died at the age of 65.

Kelly, who was one of the most recognised voices on CBC radio and television during his career, passed away over the weekend in Ottawa.

He has begun his career with CBC in 1965 and retired from the game in 1997.

Over decade-spanning career, Kelly was honoured with a CBC President’s Award, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and a lifetime achievement award from the Baffin Region Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading »

CBC will air ten hours of programming on Christmas Day commercial-free, it has been announced.

The broadcaster will drop the commercials from noon until 10pm on December 25 in a move that brings it closer to its roots as a commercial-free public broadcaster.

To offset the loss of earnings, CBC will rely on corporate sponsorship from mobile phone retailer TBooth.

CBC will still air promos for its own shows during the period.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

The holidays are fast approaching, and CBC Television is preparing a wonderful festive season of new specials and traditional family favourites.

CBC stars including Steven and Chris, George Stroumboulopoulos, the 22 Minutes gang – even the Dragons – have something special to share this holiday season! For the complete holiday schedule, visit www.cbc.ca/holiday.

In addition to holiday fare from CBC’s resident personalities, a wide range of Hollywood’s seasonal favourites – both vintage chestnuts and modern day classics – are being screened, from Miracle on 34th Street (Saturday, December 24 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT) and Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m./7:30 NT) to NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS Vacation (Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT), Home Alone (Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT) and Elf (Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT).

 

Highlights include:

 

Steven and Chris Holiday Shows

December 12 – December 16 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

Steven and Chris have you covered with amazing DIY projects and festive decor tips to make your holiday sparkle. From party pleasing appetizers to decadent desserts, the food team will create a full holiday menu that will wow your guests; the guys dish on great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list; and The Steven and Chris beauty team has the latest holiday hair, make-up and fashion looks.

 

December 19 – December 23 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

The holiday magic continues with festive tips from Season 4, including gift wrap ideas, decorating the perfect tree, decking the halls with joyful decor, and serving up delectable holiday treats.

 

December 26 – December 30 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

Some of the best Steven and Chris episodes from this season with notable guests including Jann Arden, Chef Rocco Dispirito and Nadia G.

 

22 Minutes Holiday Special

Tuesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

From the Christmas Tree lighting on Parliament Hill to last minute shopping at one of Canada’s busiest malls, tune in for a very 22 Minutes take on the holidays. Get advice on how to handle all the holiday season stress, from dealing with the in-laws to finding the perfect gift for the Prime Minister on your list. Special guests include original cast members Mary Walsh and Greg Thomey, and Dragons’ Den’s Kevin O’Leary turning A Christmas Carol on its head as an unforgettable Scrooge.

 

Dragons’ Den – The Holiday Episode

Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 pm NT)

On the special holiday episode of Dragons’ Den, holiday wrapping meets its match, a new seasonal light dazzles the Dragons and it’s Hockey Night in the Den with an original sporty belt.

 

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight holiday music special

Friday, December 23 at 11:05 pm (11:35 pm NT)

This special holiday episode features a spin on the classic 1977 Bowie-Crosby duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” with Martin Short, as well as top Canadian musical talent from Michael Bublé and Adam Cohen to Coeur de Pirate, and more, plus tales of holiday hijinx from celebrities including Jann Arden, Sebastian Bach and Kermit the Frog.

 

Kids’ CBC Holiday Morning

Saturday, Dec. 24th (6 a.m./6:30 NT to Noon/12:30 NT)

All across the country from 6 a.m. to noon (6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. NT) see holiday episodes of some of your favourite Kids’ CBC shows including Super WHY! episodes “The Nutcracker” (6 a.m.) and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (8:30 a.m./9 NT) and The Doodlebops “A Happy Doodle Holiday” (9 a.m./9:30 NT). Beginning at 9:30 a.m./10 NT look for school-aged favourites such as My Goldfish is Evil and Artzooka! along with holiday episodes of Naughty, Naughty Pets and Leon.

 

CBC is commercial free on Sunday, December 25

Don’t miss the SEASON 4 Heartland Christmas special at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

 

Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café

Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT)

Ever since the year Dave cooked the turkey, Christmas has been a tradition at The Vinyl Cafe, and this year is no different. Join host Stuart McLean and special musical guest Hawksley Workman as they celebrate Christmas with an hour of stories and music.

 

Mansbridge One on One Special – The Mansbridge Conversations: 2011

Friday, Dec 30 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

This one-hour special features the most provocative, memorable and newsmaking interviews of 2011. Peter reveals his thoughts about these Canadians and what he took away from his conversations with them.

Edge-of-your-seat drama and adventure set in the clear, cold skies and stunning natural beauty of Canada’s new North; one of Hollywood’s greatest stars kicks off the new season of the adventures of Canada’s sexiest sleuth; and the crusty cut-throat of Canadian business literally goes to jail for his search to find the country’s next great new entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the highlights in store for CBC Television’s 2012 Winter Season.

The excitement just doesn’t soar any higher – on the map or the altimeter – than it does on ARCTIC AIR, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning January 10. Strap yourself in as Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in this blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a group of renegade pilots based in Yellowknife, who battle the elements – and, at times, each other – as they struggle to complete their missions and keep the dysfunctional family business they all depend on from crashing, in every sense of the word.

He’s one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and a Best Actor Academy Award® winner; now Russell Crowe comes to CBC Television to kick off the third season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco and the rest of the cast of Newfoundland’s most famous crime fighters in the season premiere January 11th (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT). Season 3 promises another wild round of life on the edge for private investigator Jake Doyle, his father Malachy and the rest of the St. John’s crew of characters who have made this action-drama such a runaway hit, averaging over a million viewers an episode.

One of Canada’s favourite comedians, Gerry Dee, brings his gift for laughs – and his own life experience – to the new half-hour comedy MR. D (Mondays at 8 p.m./8:30 NT, beginning January 9). Before making his mark in standup comedy, Dee worked for nine years as a private school teacher. So he’s especially well-suited to play Gerry Duncan, a would-be gym teacher who gets a job at a prestigious private school only to find himself giving lessons on a subject he knows nothing about – and deciding he has no alternative but to fake his way through it.

New this season is REDEMPTION INC. (Mondays at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 9). The prime-time series follows a group of 10 ex-cons as they are given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to set up their own business under the guidance of Dragon and multi-millionaire businessman, Kevin O’Leary. Kevin sees the business potential in giving these people a second chance, and he recognizes that these ex-cons paid their debt to society. At the end of the series, one of them will earn both Kevin’s support and $100,000 of his own money, to start a legitimate business. This is not a handout or charity scheme; this is business.

Dragons Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving from Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, DRAGONS’ DEN, are hitting the road to help struggling companies get back on track by offering their expertise – and their own money. In each one-hour episode, new series, THE BIG DECISION features two separate businesses that are facing tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves, and put their expertise to work. If the Dragons think they can help turn things around, they will invest their own money – and change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.

“We are equal parts proud, thrilled and excited to present this amazing lineup of new shows, top stars and the finest made-in-Canada television available anywhere,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “The winter season will set a new standard for excellence for CBC Television.”

 

Returning favourites include:

MARKETPLACE, Canada’s No. 1 investigative consumer show and winner of the 2011 Gemini Award for Best News Information Series, returns Fridays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 6. In the special hour-long season opener, the award-winning MARKETPLACE team brings you “Canada’s Worst Customer Service: The Store Edition,” investigating how bad the customer service really is in Canada’s major store chains, and revealing the chain with Canada’s worst service.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE (Mondays at 8:30 p.m./9 p.m. NT, beginning January 9) is back for its final season. Canadians can follow their favourite multi-denominational community for one last time. It’s a rapid-fire season jam-packed with competitive fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, and budding “bromances.” Celebrate LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE with the people of Mercy, as the show that broke new ground for Canadian Comedy comes to a conclusion.

 

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

The action continues as Canada’s favourite sports program follows the NHL’s march to the Stanley Cup. Highlights of early 2012 programming include: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, traveling to Prince Edward Island for the annual celebration of our national sport (Saturday, February 11 at noon ET); the NHL Winter Classic: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (Monday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET), an outdoor game that promises to become the must-watch sporting event of the New Year, and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, live from Ottawa (Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET).

 

RICK MERCER REPORT (Tuesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 10)

More than one million Canadians tune into the country’s favourite commentator on the foibles and the folly of modern life every week on the RICK MERCER REPORT.

 

DRAGONS’ DEN (Wednesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 11)

Maybe you think they’ve seen it all, and this season they’ve already seen ideas for everything from pet fashion to motorcycle hearse services. But there’s plenty more to come in the second half of DRAGONS’ DEN Season 6, as Dragons Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary search for Canada’s next great entrepreneur – with their own money on the line.

 

HEARTLAND (Sundays at 7 p.m./7:30 NT, beginning January 8)

Friends – and secrets – have arisen from the past to make this season of the multigenerational family saga HEARTLAND a continued hit with families across the country. The real stories about real people will continue, played out in all their drama, romance and comedy under the big skies of the Canadian West.

 

the fifth estate

The multi-award-wining the fifth estate returns with new episodes of original and provocative journalism. Bob McKeown tells the story of Canadian teenagers dreaming of making it in the National Basketball Association, only to find the reality south of the border is vastly different than anything they ever imagined. Gillian Findlay explores the dubious science around “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, which has been used to unjustly convict parents. And Linden MacIntyre shows how certain prescription drugs have ruined entire communities.

 

THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki

CBC Television’s long-running and multi-award-winning series, THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, continues its extraordinary 51st season with more thought-provoking television. Highlights include: Smarty Plants – new research is now exploding the myth of an inactive, passive plant world and revealing instead a landscape pulsing with sex, movement, communication and social interaction; Programmed to be Fat? – what if there’s another reason for skyrocketing obesity rates; Surviving the Teen Brain – new research reveals the brain is most creative and productive during the turbulent teen years; and Japan 3-11 – David Suzuki travels to Japan to see if the cataclysmic Tsunami can be a blueprint for sustainable change.

 

22 MINUTES (Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m./9 NT, beginning January 10)

22 MINUTES continues its 19th rabble-rousing, no-holds-barred season of political comedy and commentary. Always on top of any breaking news (and sometimes doing the breaking), 22 Minutes features cast members Mark Critch, Geri Hall, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones. No story is off-limits, and no personality is too big for the 22 Minutes team to tackle.

 

MOVIES & SPECIALS

 

8TH FIRE (Premieres Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone)

A provocative, high-energy four-part journey through Aboriginal Canada showing why we urgently need to build new relationships with our First Nations and fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples, now mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH FIRE propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings straight on to meetings with a surprising new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are claiming both their culture and their confidence. They are the fastest growing population in Canada. More than half of them live in cities and those stills struggling on reserves in Third World conditions, are demanding a share of the vast mineral and energy resources in their midst.

 

THE WRATH OF GRAPES: KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID – PART 2

It’s the much anticipated sequel to 2010’s blockbuster television movie event Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry StorY, which drew more than 1.3 million viewers. PART 2 is an exploration of Don’s latter years and his evolution into becoming an icon of Canada’s cultural media, starring Jared Keeso reprising his Gemini-winning performance as the co-host of Coach’s Corner.

 

SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN (Sunday, February 12)

A television movie event, based on the life and writings of Canada’s first and foremost humourist, Stephen Leacock. Airing on the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Leacock’s beloved book of the same name, the movie features a veritable Who’s Who of Canada’s top actors and comedic talent. Stars include Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Donal Logue (Terriers), Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show), Debra McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show), Leah Pinsent (ReGenesis), Sean Cullen (Mulroney: The Opera), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Ron James (The Ron James Show), Rick Roberts (Republic of Doyle), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), as Stephen Leacock, among others.

 

32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT)

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1980, the GENIE AWARDS are an annual celebration honouring the biggest achievements in Canada’s film industry. Host details, musical performers and nominees will be announced in the coming months.

 

BREAKAWAY ( Broadcast Date TBA)

A hockey enthusiast since 12 years of age, Toronto-based Rajvinder Singh (Vinay Virmani), even went to the extent of trimming his hair, discarding his Pagri/turban, did not complete his education, incurred the wrath of his father, Darvesh (Anupam Kher), who wanted him to be involved in the family business as well as confirm and respect Sikh religion principles and values. Hoping to play professional hockey, Rajvinder, along with other fellow Sikh players, instead finds himself treated as the object of ridicule, referred to as a ‘joker’, by mainstream Caucasian players. Even his friends tease him and ask him to take up ‘Guli Danda’ and Kabaddi’, while his father makes him work for Uncle Sammy (Gurpreet Guggi) as a truck driver. He is attracted to stunning law student Melissa Winters (Camilla Belle) while her brother, Dan (Rob Lowe), offers to coach Rajvinder and his team. Unable to get themselves included in any team, they form their own…

 

SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA (April 2012)

It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s not your typical spelling bee. It’s SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA – a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate the country’s youth and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA takes the spelling bee format to the next level – with a fast-paced game-show style, and celebrity hosts and commentators.

 

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON (March 2012)

A groundbreaking and entertaining new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. This two hour prime-time event draws upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia. Using this cutting-edge research in intelligence, four participants will be challenged with fun and spectacular tests in each of the following six categories: Math and Logic; Visual and Spatial; Body and Kinesthetic; Linguistic; Musical; and Interpersonal. It’s up to the contestants to prove that they have the most versatile smarts in the country in order to earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, while audiences get to play along at home.

 

ROMEOS & JULIETS (Spring 2012)

Set to the beloved score by Sergei Prokofiev, and the artistic direction of the National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain, ROMEOS & JULIETS is a one-hour exploration of the process by which a remarkable new ballet production winds its way from rehearsals to opening night. Newly choreographed by world-renowned Alexei Ratmansky, ROMEOS & JULIETS heralds the arrival of two new dance stars as they take on Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of love and loss. Cast members include Guillaume Côté (Principal Dancer), Elena Lobsanova (First Soloist) and many more. The film is produced by Shaftsbury Films with Christina Jennings and Peter Meyboom producing, and Moze Mossanen as a producer and a director.

 

LOVE LIES BLEEDING (Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT)

An extraordinary one-hour television adaptation of the contemporary ballet performed by the Alberta Ballet and adapted for CBC. Through brilliant choreography and music, the film explores the psyche of one of the most famous composers and performers of our time – Sir Elton John. LOVE LIES BLEEDING is introduced by Sir Elton John and is structured into five distinct acts, each of which explores, through choreography and Elton John’s music, the emotional arc of a superstar’s life. Starring principal dancer Yukichi Hattori, LOVE LIES BLEEDING is directed by renowned director Moze Mossanen, choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître, and produced by White Iron Inc.

 

CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)

 

SUNDAYS (beginning January 8)

7 p.m. HEARTLAND

 

MONDAYS (beginning January 9)

8 p.m. Mr. D

8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

9 p.m. REDEMPTION INC.

 

TUESDAYS (beginning January 10)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. 22 MINUTES

9 p.m. ARCTIC AIR

 

WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 11)

8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN

9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

 

THURSDAYS (beginning January 5)

8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS

9 p.m. DOC ZONE

 

FRIDAYS (beginning January 6)

8 p.m. MARKETPLACE

9 p.m. the fifth estate

 

SATURDAYS

5 p.m. HNIC GAME DAY

6:30 p.m. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 

WEEKNIGHTS

10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge

10:55 p.m. CBC NEWS LATE NIGHT

11:05 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT

 

DAYTIME

7 a.m. KIDS’CBC

2 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS

3 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER

3:30 p.m. In the kitchen with Stefano FAITA

Looking for something to do this weekend? Cover Me Canada is CBC’s hottest new talent competition show and they are taping an extra special performance this Saturday at the CBC in Toronto. Normally shows are on Sunday nights but we thought we’d do something extra special this week.

For tickets to this awesome show email covermecanada@hotrows.com right now to get your tickets. You may even have a chance to win a meet and greet with your favourite judges including songstress Deborah Cox, music producer Ron Fair and New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight!

But email now because tickets are running out fast. For more information follow @CBCCoverMe and @HotRows on Twitter.

CBC has ordered a pilot from Canadian TV writer Norm Hiscock for a single camera comedy.

The pilot, entitled Great Scott, centres on a dysfunctional family who fight over the ownership of a Canadian brewery.

Hiscock has written for the likes of Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill in the US alongside Canadian writing duties on Corner Gas and Kids in the Hall.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Over 114,000 people have signed an online petition in support of CBC after concerns were raised over the future of the broadcaster.

The I Love CBC campaign aims to re-affirm the importance of the national public broadcaster after several threats were posed in parliament in recent times.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Dean Del Mastro, talked in November of 2010 about killing our public broadcaster by getting “out of the broadcasting business”.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was also quoted this year saying: “The CBC lies all the time”.

To find out more and pledge your support, check out this page.

CBC Television today confirmed a number of returning shows for the 2011-12 season. Among the returning fan favourites are BATTLE OF THE BLADES and DRAGONS’ DEN, which both regularly drew more than 1.5 million viewers this season, the Down East detective hit REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, Season 9 of THE RICK MERCER REPORT and Season 51 of THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI.

The following favourites have been renewed and will return to the programming schedule:

 

22 Minutes

Battle of the Blades

Being Erica

Best Recipes Ever

Doc Zone

Dragons’ Den

the fifth estate

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Heartland

InSecurity

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Marketplace

The Nature of Things

Republic of Doyle

The Rick Mercer Report

The Ron James Show

Steven & Chris

Meanwhile, new programming pickups for the 2011-12 season include Mr. D, starring Gerry D and produced by Topsail Entertainment; Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays, featuring the writing and acting talents of Bob Martin and produced by Rhombus Media; the co-production Camelot, from Take 5 Productions; Kevin O’Leary in Dealer to Leader, developed by Wide-Eyed Entertainment in conjunction with CBC; and Cover Me Canada, produced by 11 Entertainment.

Further information on the 2011-12 season will be released at a later date.

Avoiding the crowds this New Years Eve? Having your own party at home with the goold old boob tube? No problem, Throng has got you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best programming that will help you ring in the new year in style. If you know of a program that we don’t have listed let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it. Here we go!

Citytv New Years Bash 2011 (Citytv)
Citytv will ring in the New Year LIVE from Nathan Phillip’s Square in Toronto. One of Toronto’s longest running New Year’s party will kick off the night starting at 10pm/est. Hosted by Kevin Frankish and Dina Puglise (from Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (from CityLine) and Gord Martineau (from CityNews Toronto).

Performances by Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Stereos, These Kids Wear Crowns, Divine Brown and Blake McGrath.

For more information on the broadcast check out http://www.holidayguide.ca/citytvnewyears2011/ also if you’re in the area drop by. It’s a great family friendly party.

New Years in Niagara Falls (Global)
Thanks to the folks at Entertainment Tonight Canada, Niagara Falls will be set ablaze for 2011. The live show starts at 10pm/est on Global and will be hosted by ET Canada favorites Cheryl Hickey, and Rick Campanelli.

Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies and Kardinall Offishall will take the stage in front of almost 15,000 screaming fans.

Muchmusic’s New Years Eve Party (Muchmusic)
All of the years best music videos will air back to back to help you rock in the new year. Starts at 11pm/EST on Muchmusic.

MTV New Years Eve (MTV)
Hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and coming to you live from Times Square in New York City. Special appearances by the cast of Jersey Shore (naturally). We hear they’re even sticking Snooki inside a ball and dropping her at the stroke of midnight. I wish I was joking, but I’m not.

Airs live at 10:30pm/est on MTV.

Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve (ABC)
Dick is back for another year with the help of Ryan Seacrest, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy LIVE from Times Square. The show will feature performances from some of today’s hottest stars including Drake, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, and Train.

Additional appearances by Willow Smith, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield and Far East Movement.

NBC’s New Years Eve with Carson Daily (NBC)
Carson Daily brings his late night show to New Years Eve. Performers and special guests have not been released. Show starts at 10:00pm/est on NBC.

New Years Eve Live (CNN)
After nearly getting fired last year Kathy Griffin is once again teaming up with CNN’s own Anderson Cooper for the annual event. The show will feature reports from across the world and from the show’s base in Times Square. Also guaranteed? Kathy’s off color jokes which are sure to get her fired again in 2011.

Airs live at 11:00pm/est on CNN.

CBC Specials (CBC)
CBC isn’t doing the live funny business that the rest of the networks are doing. Their going for scripted comedies and sit down interviews.

Starting at 7pm is a Just for Laughs Gala, then at 8pm is the Air Farce New Years Eve special followed by Ron James’ New Years Eve edition at 9pm. Then your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos will take us into the new year starting at 11pm.

Please check local listings for all air times.