Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“Don’t Call Me Shirley”

Tessa (Jane Levy) is excited to see some action in the suburbs when Sheila Shay’s (Ana Gasteyer) Shirley Temple doll collection is stolen. But her excitement quickly wears out when Dallas (Cheryl Hines) and Dalia (Carly Chaikin) stay with her and George because they are afraid of being burglarized.

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. 

Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“Sweet Sixteen”

When Tessa (Jane Levy) tells Dallas (Cheryl Hines) that she wants a simple get-together for her 16th birthday, Dallas convinces her to let Dalia (Carly Chaikin) plan the ultimate birthday extravaganza at the country club, complete with a live performance by her favourite band, specialty drinks and go-go cages. Meanwhile, George (Jeremy Sisto) throws his back out and Sheila Shay (Ana Gasteyer) takes it upon herself to care for him – even though George is terrified of her.

Wednesday, November 9 at 8, 8:30 and 9:30pm ET/PT (7, 7:30 and 8:30pm CT; 9, 9:30 and 10:30pm MT) on Citytv

8pm ET/PT – “Pilot”

With her motorcycle boots and oversized backpack, 16-year-old Tessa (Jane Levy), is perfectly at ease navigating the urban jungle she grew up in – New York City. But when her dad, George (Jeremy Sisto), a handsome architect in his late 30s, relocates her to greener pastures in the suburbs, Tessa goes into culture shock. In her new “suburgatory,” she begins drawing a lot of unwanted attention from overbearing suburban moms, including the blonde, bronze and buxom Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines), the mother of her new nemesis, Dalia (Carly Chaikin), who is intent on spending more time with George.

Wednesday, November 2 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“Charity Case”

Irritated by all the cafeteria waste at school, Tessa (Jane Levy) motivates the student body to get involved with giving back. Unfortunately, their charity of choice involves helping residents of Florida improve their complexions. When Tessa introduces a homeless transsexual to the student body as part of a lesson, they decide that Tessa is really the person in need. Meanwhile, George (Jeremy Sisto) receives a large dental bill from Noah (Alan Tudyk), which puts a strain on their relationship.

Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv


Tessa (Jane Levy) channels her inner “suburban girl” for a Halloween costume, but it ends up spooking her friends and everyone at school since she reminds them of a recently “departed” resident of Chatswin. George (Jeremy Sisto) is determined to prove to Dallas (Cheryl Hines )-who hates Halloween – that being scared can be fun, but gets a scare of his own when Dallas’ husband, Steven Royce (Jay Mohr, Gary Unmarried) finally comes home from one of his many business trips.

Wednesday, October 12 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“The Chatterer”

George (Jeremy Sisto) joins the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and quickly becomes well-liked by the other moms, causing former PTA queen bee Sheila Shay (Ana Gasteyer, Saturday Night Live) to feel threatened. Meanwhile, Tessa (Jane Levy) joins the school newspaper and helps Malik (Maestro Harrell,The Wire) revamp it into a tabloid-style paper.

Wednesday, October 5 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“The Barbeque”

Tessa’s (Jane Levy) unexpected attraction to her neighbour gives her the willies; and George (Jeremy Sisto) wonders if he’s up to the demanding suburban standards for throwing a barbecue.

Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

With her motorcycle boots and oversized backpack, 16-year-old Tessa (Jane Levy, Shameless) is perfectly at ease navigating the urban jungle she grew up in – New York City. But when her dad, George (Jeremy Sisto, Law & Order), a handsome architect in his late 30s, relocates her to greener pastures in the suburbs, Tessa goes into culture shock.

Following a premiere week chock-full of new and established hits, Citytv continues its hot streak with the series and season openers of even more highly-anticipated programs, beginning Sunday, September 25. 

Headlining week two of the fall season are epic, action-adventure drama Terra Nova (Sept. 26) and cheeky new sitcom Suburgatory (Sept. 28), starring Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Also, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sept. 25) kicks off its ninth season with First Lady Michelle Obama making a guest appearance and hit comedy Happy Endings starring Elisha Cuthbert begins its sophomore season on Sept. 28. Rounding out the week, fan-favourite Private Practice makes its network debut on Sept. 29, only on Citytv. 


Sunday, Sept. 25 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition **Two-hour Premiere** 7:30pm ET/ 7pm PT 

Featuring an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, the ninth season premiere follows the story of Barbara Marshall, a 15-year navy veteran, who is fighting to end homelessness among her fellow female veterans. Unfortunately, helping these women has become more challenging as her resources are limited. Michelle Obama and paratroopers from the U.S. army join host Ty Pennington and the design team to help make Barbara’s dreams come true. Then, the first lady gives viewers a special tour of the White House grounds and chats with Ty in an exclusive one-on-one interview. 


Monday, Sept. 26 

Terra Nova **NEW** (s) **Two-hour Premiere** 8pm ET/PT 

From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in doubt, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past. 


Wednesday, Sept. 28 

Suburgatory **NEW** (s) 8:30pm ET/PT 

With her motorcycle boots and oversized backpack, 16-year-old Tessa (Jane Levy, Shameless) is perfectly at ease navigating the urban jungle she grew up in – New York City. But when her dad, George (Sisto), a handsome architect in his late 30s, relocates her to greener pastures in the suburbs, Tessa goes into culture shock. In her new “suburgatory,” she begins drawing a lot of unwanted attention from overbearing suburban moms, including the blonde, bronze and buxom Dallas Royce (Hines), the mother of her new nemesis, Dalia (Carly Chaikin, The Last Song), who is intent on spending more time with George. 


Happy Endings (s) 9:30pm ET/PT 

“Blax, Snake, Home” 

Penny (Casey Wilson) buys her first home, an “amah-zing” condo complete with a wine fridge and Italian marble. But will her new digs really signal “the year of Penny” and turn her life around? Meanwhile, on the one-year anniversary of their almost-marriage, Jane (Eliza Coupe) encourages Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) to finally be honest with each other. 


Thursday, Sept. 29 

Private Practice **NEW to Citytv** (s) 10pm ET/PT 

“God Laughs” 

Sam (Taye Diggs), Cooper (Paul Adelstein), Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) and Amelia 

(Caterina Scorsone) team up to save the life of their friend Pete (Tim Daly) after he suffers a heart attack. Meanwhile, Addison’s (Kate Walsh) desire to have a baby leads her to see Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt), her recent mystery man, in a most surprising place; and Sheldon (Brian Benben) tries to help Amelia in her battle with alcohol. 


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