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Corus’ Specialty Channels Announce Holiday Programming

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  • Corus Entertainment has something for everyone to get into the holiday spirit this season with themed episodes, new and classic movies, and merry marathons airing across its portfolio of leading specialty networks. Culinary enthusiasts can celebrate The Most Delicious Time of the Year with decadent holiday programming on Food Network Canada and recently announced Cooking Channel Canada, while holiday romantics are invited to tune into W Network and Lifetime Canada for new and returning sentimental films, and exclusive hit movie titles. Showcase is the number one destination for viewers to get their Hollywood blockbuster fix throughout the season and YTV invites families to enjoy a very Merry 6mas with their favourite seasonal classics. With over 3,100 hours of holiday content, this year’s lineup delivers holiday cheer into everyone’s stocking.


    Food Network Canada serves up a festive platter of programming during The Most Delicious Time of the Year with season premieres and holiday-themed episodes of the network’s most popular series:

    • Start those ovens! Holiday Baking Championship is back in an all-new season with nine of the best bakers vying for the ultimate cash prize. Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
    • ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer as Cake Wars: Christmas Hosted by Jonathan Bennett, seven teams of cake artists, sugar sculptors and master food carvers go to battle to create mind-blowing Christmas fantasy creations. The series airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
    • Sugar Showdown premieres with back-to-back episodes “Stocking Stuffer Donuts” and “Winter Wonderland Pies” on Wednesday, December 7 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
    • Viewers can indulge in other specials that are sure to satisfy their holiday appetite:
      • Giada’s Holiday Handbook seasonal specials air Sundays at 12 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. PT beginning November 27
      • Farmhouse Rules “A Farmer’s Family Christmas” premieres Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. ET/PT
      • The Food Factory holiday episode premieres Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT
      • Brunch @ Bobby’s back-to-back holiday-themed episode premiere Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. PT
      • The Clash of the Grandmas seasonal special premieres Wednesday, December 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
      • The Guy’s Grocery Games festive-themed episodes air Friday, December 9 and December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
      • Chopped Junior “Yay Holidays!” premieres Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT


    Just in time for the holidays, Cooking Channel Canada launches on December 12. Be sure to tune-in for brand new, exclusive programming and holiday specials from Cooking Channel celebrity cooks Tiffani Thiessen, Rev Run, and Patti LaBelle.

    • In Christmas at Tiffani’s, Tiffani Thiessen and her husband, Brady Smith, host a holiday party for their nearest and dearest friends, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his wife, Catriona, Tim and Elisa DeKay, and Jason and Naomi Priestley. Christmas at Tiffani’s debuts on Friday, December 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT followed by Rev Run’s Happy Holidays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, which features Rev Run (Joseph Simmons) and his family as they prepare the menu for their annual feast.
    • Rounding out the night, Patti LaBelle welcomes YouTube star James Wright Chanel to her kitchen to make her favourite pies of the season in Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies premiering at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


    There’s no place like Showcase for the Holidays! Movie buffs can enjoy exclusive Hollywood blockbusters, action-packed superhero flicks, and their favourite holiday hits every Friday and Saturday in Showcase’s best festive lineup to date.


    A sample of what’s to come:

    • Leading lady Emily Blunt and Oscar-nominee Tom Cruise star in the Canadian broadcast premiere of sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow. Unfolding in a near future where an alien race has hit Earth, an officer (Cruise) is inexplicably thrown into a time loop, forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. Edge of Tomorrow debuts Saturday, November 26 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT with an encore presentation at 11:30 p.m. ET/ 8:30 p.m. PT exclusively on
    • In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooged features funny-man Bill Murray as Frank Cross a successful television executive whose curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life. But after firing a staff member on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past. Scrooged airs Saturday, December 10 at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT.
    • Acclaimed actor Tom Hanks stars in the modern holiday classic, The Polar Express, which revolves around Billy, played by Hayden McFarland, who on Christmas Eve is visited in the middle of the night by a mysterious train promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The Polar Express airs Saturday, December 24 at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT.
    • Friday nights are full of holiday cheer with weekly Canadian broadcast premieres of holiday movies at 8 p.m. ET/PT leading up to Christmas including: Operation Christmas, Runaway Sleigh, and A Rooftop Christmas Tree.
    • Additional must-sees on the schedule include Fast & Furious 6, Godzilla, Hercules, The Santa Clause 1 & 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Bad Santa.



    W Network and Lifetime Canada are home for the hopeless holiday romantics with “can’t miss” new and returning festive movies and specials airing until December 25.


    Unwrap W’s Biggest Gift Ever for heartfelt romance with a holiday twist every Sunday with back-to-back Canadian premieres exclusive to W Network starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT.  Binge-worthy titles include:

    • Christmas Land follows Jules Coopers, who plans on selling the Christmas tree farm she inherits from her grandmother, but has a change of heart as she falls in love with the townspeople near the farm and meets a charming lawyer named Tucker Barnes. Starring Nikki Deloach and Canadian actor Luke Macfarlane. Premieres December 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
    • After getting fired from her job, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl named Princess who is part of a powerful family. The two end up hitting it off as spark start to form between Allie and Princess’ dad, Max in the holiday tale Crown for Christmas, starring Danica McKellar, from The Wonder Year, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Ellie Botterill. Premieres December 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
    • When the opportunity to co-host a local talk show presents itself two weeks before Christmas, Emily and Charlie compete for the coveted gig, but along the way, the duo experience the true meaning of Christmas with each other in Broadcasting Christmas. Starring Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain. Premieres December 18 at 9 p.m. ET.


    Still looking for more holiday romance? Lifetime Canada has a stocking full of new movies premiering throughout the season in Canada:

    • In A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, a wedding planner looks to persuade her mother not to marry a man she’s only known for a brief period of time, until an unexpected development forces her to re-examine her feelings. Starring JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Helen Shaver, Kenneth Welsh and Canadian actor Jason Priestley (who also stars in Global’s Private Eyes). Premieres Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
    • Feeling alone during the holidays, college student Jackie places an ad to find a family to spend time with her on Christmas in My One Christmas Wish. Starring Amber Riley, Priscilla Faia and Canadian actress Camille Sullivan. Premieres Friday, December 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
    • In Merry In-Laws, recently engaged Alex plans a get-together so her parents can meet her fiancé, Peter, whose parents turn out to be Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Starring Kassia Warshawski, Lucas Bryant, and George Wendt. Premieres Friday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


    Have a very Merry 6mas with Canada’s #1 Kids network YTV! Catch holiday favourites and nostalgic classics the whole family will enjoy every day starting at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning November 28:

    • Home Alone airs Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • Elf airs Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • I Want A Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown airs Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • Toy Story That Time Forgot airs Friday, December 16 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman airs Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer airs Tuesday, December 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT

    Viewers can celebrate the season with festive episodes of YTV’s fan favourite series:

    • Henry Danger “Christmas Danger” airs Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • Game Shakers “A Reggae Potato” airs Tuesday, November 29 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • Game On “Christmas Tree Hole” airs Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. ET/PT
    • It’s a SpongeBob Christmas and SpongeBob SquarePants “Frozen Faceoff” airs Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, respectively
    • The Loud House “11 Louds a Leapin’” airs Friday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT