From a media release:
CBC CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH AN EXCITING LINEUP OF FESTIVE FILMS, HOLIDAY SPECIALS AND SEASONAL PROGRAMMING
- Holiday Programming from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Heartland, Dragons’ Den and Battle of the Blades top holiday viewing list
Kirstine Stewart, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services, today announced the network’s lineup of festive holiday programming. Kicking off Sunday, Nov. 28 with FROSTY THE SNOWMAN at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT), the festivities continue through December with a series of special television events.
The stars of the CBC’s regular season will be celebrating with Canadians, with special holiday episodes of BEING ERICA, airing Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), A Heartland CHRISTMAS, Dec.12 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE â€˜A HOLIDAY SPECIAL,’ Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) and Dragons’ Den, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) â€“ and a festive feast from BEST RECIPES EVER, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT).
And of course, the festivities continue right through to 2011, with a New Year’s Eve line-up that includes specials from JUST FOR LAUGHS, 7 p.m. (7:30 NT), AIR FARCE, 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), THE RON JAMES SHOW, 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
Other highlights from the CBC 2010 holiday season include:
SEASON OF SONG: THE CANADIAN TENORS AND FRIENDS airs Dec.13 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). An hour-long special featuring performances of holiday favourites by The Canadian Tenors alongside some of Canada’s greatest musical legends and the world’s hottest young stars.
STEVEN AND CHRIS once again host the holiday party that no one wants to miss, with a full week of holiday programming. Get one-of-a-kind seasonal tips on Fashion, DÃ©cor, Food and Health, beginning Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT).
George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: A Holiday Special, airs Dec. 24 at 11:05 p.m. (11:35 NT), and celebrates with new takes on traditional holiday tunes including performances by Chrissie Hynde, Broken Social Scene, Johnny Reid and OK GO, along with a celebrity reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas starring Russell Peters, Sir Richard Branson and more.
Holiday celebrations take to the ice with three special television events. First, catch up with your favourite hockey players-turned figure skaters on BATTLE OF THE BLADES: AFTER THE ICE MELTS, airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). STARS ON ICE, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), features Canada’s top figure skaters, including performances by Kurt Browning, Jeffrey Buttle, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, Shawn Sawyer and celebrations of Canada’s Olympians: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Joannie Rochette. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), is a holiday-themed skating show â€“ this year, featuring a country theme, with musical performances by George Canyon and the duo One More Girl. Skaters include Kurt Browning, Steven Cousins, Jeffrey Buttle, Shawn Sawyer, Joannie Rochette, Jamie Sale & David Pelletier.
A selection of seasonal, family-friendly movies run throughout the month of December, including, HAPPY FEET, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), DR. SEUSS HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and THE POLAR EXPRESS, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).
From Bill Brioux of TV Feeds My Family:
When Amy is hired to do a horse clinic with a group of inmates, Ty is surprised to discover one of them is a friend from his bad old days at the group home.
From a media release:
STARS, HOMEGROWN HITS AND NEW SERIES BROADCAST PREMIERES SHINE IN CBC TELEVISION’S WINTER 2011 SEASON
- Spy-jinks debut on InSecurity, Republic of Doyle returns, Village on a Diet debuts, The Nature of Things hits 50
Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC Television, today previewed the network’s Winter 2011 schedule, including the launch of new spy comedy INSECURITY, the return of the hit Down East detective series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, the premiere of the groundbreaking new series VILLAGE ON A DIET and the 50th anniversary of THE NATURE OF THINGS.
New programming includes INSECURITY, an action-comedy following the exploits of agents at a fictional spy agency who have unorthodox and sometimes hilarious methods, but somehow manage to keep Canada safeâ€”often unwittingly [pictured: William DeVry as Peter McNeil]; VILLAGE ON A DIET, which follows the residents of Taylor, B.C., as they try to lose a ton of collective weight in three months, and PILLARS OF THE EARTH, a sweeping epic of good and evil set in the 12th century and starring Gordon Pinsent and Donald Sutherland.
Returning favourites include REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a one-hour comedic drama starring Allan Hawco that follows the lives of a not-so-everyday family of detectives in Newfoundland, the internationally acclaimed comedy LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and the second season of the provocative family comedy 18 TO LIFE.
Meanwhile, award-winning CBC journalist Tom Harrington joins Erica Johnson as co-host of Canada’s most trusted consumer affairs program, MARKETPLACE. And this winter, the 50th season of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki continues. Highlights include a two-hour special looking at the Alberta oil sands conflict, and a celebration of 50 years of programming, exploring and highlighting key elements in the history of a Canadian institution.
CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule
(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)
SUNDAYS (beginning January 2)
7 p.m. HEARTLAND
MONDAYS (beginning January 3)
8 p.m. 18 TO LIFE
8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE
9 p.m. VILLAGE ON A DIET
TUESDAYS (beginning January 4)
8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT
8:30 p.m. INSECURITY
9 p.m. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 5)
8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN
9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE
THURSDAYS (beginning January 6)
8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS
9 p.m. DOC ZONE
FRIDAYS (beginning January 7)
8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT – Encore
8:30 p.m. MARKETPLACE
9 p.m. the fifth estate
6:30 p.m. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge
10:55 p.m. CBC NEWS LATE NIGHT
11:05 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT
7 a.m. KIDS’CBC
2 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS
3 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER
From Bill Brioux at TV Feeds My Family:
- Ratings across Canada Nov. 8 – 14
“Over at CBC, the Battle of the Blades results show at 8 managed 1,122,000, not bad opposite House and Dance. A guest appearance by Paul Gross drove Men with Brooms to their biggest night ever, sweeping up 451,000 viewers.” Read more.