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GRAMMY® Holiday Concert Headlines Festive Faves For All Ages, This December on City
– Celebrate the nominees of Music’s Biggest Night® with the all-new one-hour holiday special, A Very GRAMMY Christmas –
– Allison Williams (Girls) and Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) star in the live, three-hour musical event of the season, Peter Pan LIVE! –
– Some of the biggest names in country music perform beloved holiday classics in the two-hour special, CMA Country Christmas –
– Ring in the New Year with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 –
TORONTO (November 24, 2014) Youbetter watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why – the holidays are coming to City! Offering a robust holiday schedule all December long, City has something for everyone this season. Whether it be a new spin on an old classic, the retelling of a treasured tale, a live musical masterpiece, a star-studded concert event, or an all-new animated, soon-to-be festive favourite, it’s on the list – and we’ve checked it twice. So kick back and cozy up with a hot cup of cocoa for a month full of magic, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City.
Full episodes and exciting extras are available on Citytv.com next day post-broadcast, as well as on Rogers on Demand, Rogers Anyplace TV, and with the free City Video App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and on the City Video Mobile App for Android.
Below is a chronological listing of City’s holiday specials for December 2 to 23. All programming is subject to change.
Tuesday, Dec. 2:
Toy Story That Time Forgot(s/ABC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang – lead by Woody (Tom Hanks, Toy Story franchise) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen, Toy Story franchise) – find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turns out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie the Triceratops (Kristen Schaal, Toy Story 3) to get the gang back to Bonnie's room safely. Wallace Shawn reprises his role as Rex, Timothy Dalton returns as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles is back as Mr. Potato Head, and Joan Cusack returns as Jessie.
Prep & Landing: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Hear the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly for 227 years to help ensure that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from “The Big Guy,” an elf named Wayne (Dave Foley, Spun Out) is upset when he doesn't receive an expected promotion to be Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (Sarah Chalke, Scrubs), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator, partners Wayne with Lanny (Derek Richardson, Anger Management), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. Will the elves be able to guide Santa's sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?
Thursday, Dec. 4:
Peter Pan LIVE!(s/NBC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
**Live Three-hour Special**
This musical event tells the beloved story of Peter Pan, played by Allison Williams (Girls), and stars Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) as Captain Hook. Get ready for show-stopping stars, stunning costumes, extravagant sets, and delightful music that will have everyone in the family singing along.
Friday, Dec. 5:
How Murray Saved Christmas(s/NBC): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Based on Emmy®-winning writer-producer Mike Reiss’s (The Simpons) best-selling children’s book of the same name, this animated special begins in Stinky Cigars, the secret town where all holiday characters live, from the famous – Santa and the Easter Bunny – to the obscure – Labor Day Amos and Arbor Day Aardvark. Everyone's happy in Stinky Cigars – except Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller, Seinfeld), the grumpy owner of Murray's Holiday Diner. But when Santa is knocked out cold by an experimental toy, it's up to Murray to save Christmas. Additional cast members include: Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as Doc Holiday, Sean Hayes (Sean Saves the World) as Edison Elf, Dennis Haysbert (Backstrom) as The Narrator, John Ratzenberger (Toy Story franchise) as Officer Bender, and Kevin Michael Richardson (American Dad) as Santa Claus.
A Very GRAMMY Christmas(s/CBS): 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Hosted by LL COOL J and featuring nine-time GRAMMY Award® winner Mary J. Blige, singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Pharrell Williams, A Very GRAMMY Christmas will also feature performances of holiday songs and current pop hits. Plus, artists will share their favourite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. Additionally, the nominations for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced.
Tuesday, Dec. 9:
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
In this fascinating special, viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought the Academy Award®-winning film Frozen to life. Fans will also hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for more on the making of this modern movie based on a timeless tale that became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans nearly overnight.
Thursday, Dec. 11:
The Muppet Christmas Carol: 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Delight in this beloved adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, narrated by Gonzo as Dickens himself (with the help of Rizzo the Rat), and featuring Michael Caine (Interstellar) as the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, and Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife.
Friday, Dec. 12:
CMA Country Christmas: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts a magical night of celebration, featuring some of the biggest names in country music – including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, and LeAnn Rimes – as they perform fan-favourite Christmas classics and share some of their most treasured holiday memories.
Tuesday, Dec. 16:
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Based on the holiday hit film Elf and the popular broadway show Elf: The Musical comes an all-new retelling of Buddy’s (Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory) delightfully absurd and heartwarming story. Blending the look and feel of the stop-motion animated specials of the past with the sharp sensibility of modern-day film, Santa (Ed Asner, Elf) narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had, while transforming the lives of everyone he encounters along the way. The voice cast also includes Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Matt Lauer (The Today Show), Gilbert Gottfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Steve Higgins (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
Friday, Dec. 19:
iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball 2014: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Crank up the holiday vibe with iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball 2014, featuring performances from today’s top hitmakers – including Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, and more – from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
Wednesday, Dec. 31:
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015: 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)
Viewers are invited to ring in the New Year in style this season, with host Ryan Seacrest and an all-star lineup of the year’s top music artists for the biggest live music celebration in the show’s history, featuring more than 38 performances and five and a half hours of music. Global sensation Taylor Swift will headline the bi-coastal celebration with a massive performance from New York’s Time Square, and GRAMMY Award winners Lady Antebellum and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw join the celebration with live performances from Nashville. Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight as the ball drops on another New Year’s Eve.
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