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

“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.

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

“Hecking Order”

With Sue (Eden Sher) now in high school, Axl (Charlie McDermott) decides to play a mischievous trick on her, which earns his perfectionist sister a collection of tardy slips. Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) sets up a meeting with Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) new fourth grade teacher, Mr. Wilkerson, after learning that he’s allowing his son to skip gym class.

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) 

“Christmas” 

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 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) on Citytv

“The Play”

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is thrilled when she learns that the Orson Community Theatre is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz, and that kids don’t need to audition to be munchkins as they will be automatically cast – which is a perfect scenario for a hapless Sue (Eden Sher). But things quickly go awry when Frankie is cast in a singing role and learns the director is not happy with Sue’s performance and may cut her from the play. Meanwhile, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) asks his unreliably quirky Uncle Rusty (Norm Macdonald, Saturday Night Live) to attend his school’s “Special Friends Day” – with disastrous results.

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

“Heck’s Best Thing”

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) are convinced that their slacker son Axl (Charlie McDermott) will blow his interview with a football scout, which could jeopardize a potential scholarship to college. Meanwhile, Sue (Eden Sher) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) begin a texting marathon; and Frankie attempts to be completely attentive to the family’s needs when she realizes that she’s more considerate to outsiders than her own kin.

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

“Halloween II”

After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party and being ignored by the boys, Sue (Eden Sher) asks a flabbergasted Mike (Neil Flynn) for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) reluctantly volunteers to take Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating; and Axl (Charlie McDermott) and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighbourhood kids on Halloween.

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

“The Test”

Axl’s (Charlie McDermott) slacker attitude regarding the PSATs angers Frankie (Patricia Heaton), who makes him contemplate his future. Elsewhere, Sue (Eden Sher) sets her sights on becoming a cheerleader; and Mike (Neil Flynn) wants Brick (Atticus Shaffer) to defend himself against some school bullies.

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

“Major Changes”

After being mortifyingly humiliated due to a family member’s actions, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) has a meltdown and decrees that major changes need to take place in every aspect of the Heck household – and then packs up and abruptly leaves. But Frankie’s not gone for good. She heads to her mother’s house for a little TLC and motherly advice to help her through the humiliation.

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

“Hecking Order”

With Sue (Eden Sher) now in high school, Axl (Charlie McDermott ) decides to play a mischievous trick on her, which earns his perfectionist sister a collection of tardy slips. Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) sets up a meeting with Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) new fourth grade teacher, Mr. Wilkerson, after learning that he’s allowing his son to skip gym class.

Good news for comedy fans with word today that ABC in the US has renewed Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle for new seasons.

The multi Emmy award-winning Modern Family has been given a third season alongside thirds for both Cougar Town and The Middle.

Drama Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice have also been greenlit for new seasons, with and eighth confirmed for Grey’s and a fifth for Private Practice.

Castle will also return with a fourth season.

ABC is yet to commit to new seasons for Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, with the latter given only a 50% chance of returning.

Source: Digital Spy