Michael Bublé and Russell Peters Specials Anchor CTV's Holiday Lineup

- 14 new movies and specials including the network premieres of Mary Poppins in HD, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and National Treasure: Book Of Secrets acquired for CTV and CTV Two -

- Holiday classics It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol return to the holiday lineup -

- CTV Toronto's Ken Shaw and CP24's Melissa Grelo co-host THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE, Nov. 20 -

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TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Following today's announcement about the world premiere of A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS, CTV unwraps its complete holiday lineups including14 all-new specials and movies on CTV and CTV Two. In addition to Peters, Michael Bublé headlines his own holiday special, followed by dozens of variety specials, program stunts, holiday-themed episodes, and special event movies, including the network television premieres of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the digitally re-mastered Mary Poppins, airing in HD for the first time. Kicking it all off is CTV's broadcast of THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE on CTV this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in all markets (except 5:30 - 7 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic). See below for day-by-day listings of holiday specials on CTV and CTV Two.

As previously announced, the one-hour A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (Thursday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) features Brampton, Ontario's favourite son paying tribute to the holidays with a mix of stand-up, sketch, stop-motion animation, and musical performances, including Michael Bublé. Then, the multi-Grammy® and JUNO award-winning singer heads over to host his own one-hour special A MICHAEL BUBLÉ CHRISTMAS (Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), featuring performances of classic holiday songs from his new CD and appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler and more.

**Media Note** - Download photos from the 2011 CTV and CTV Two holiday programming lineup at BellMediaPR.ca.

New Programming
Other new movies and specials joining CTV and CTV Two's holly jolly lineups include anticipated holiday sequel PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE (Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV), HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN (Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV), and seasonal movies MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), CHRISTMAS MAGIC (Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS (Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) and THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two). Also, making their network debuts are blockbuster fantasy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and the mystery adventure film National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Friday, Nov., 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), as well as classic films The Wizard of Oz (Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two) and Mary Poppins (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), airing in HD for the first time.

Returning Favourites
Timeless holiday movies joining the lineup of new specials on CTV and CTV Two include, It's a Wonderful Life (Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), A Christmas Carol (Friday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) and The Sound Of Music (Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV), along with the fun family favourites LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING (Monday, Dec., 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and SHREK THE HALLS (Friday, Dec., 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV).

It wouldn't be the holiday season without the annual THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in all markets on CTV (except 5:30 - 7 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic). Hosted by CTV Toronto's Ken Shaw and CP24's Melissa Grelo, and special roving reporter ETALK's Traci Melchor, the 90-minute special captures all the spirit of the holidays including a new float dedicated to Mrs. Claus and exclusive holiday greetings from some of the biggest celebrities in entertainment.

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SOURCE CTV

For further information:

Amanda Rinaldo, CTV, CTV Two, Bravo!, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca 


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