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City Prime-time Programming Highlights: Monday, Dec. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 11

– Ring in the New Year with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 –
– City welcomes viewers to Sunnyside, with the series premiere of the all-new original sketch comedy series –
– Terrence Howard (The Butler) and Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) star in the powerful all-new family drama Empire –
– Bachelor Chris Soules gets a second shot at love with 30 of the country’s most beautiful bachelorettes on the season premiere of The Bachelor –
 
Below is a chronological listing of detailed highlights for December 22 to January 11. All programming is subject to change.
                                              
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Monday, Dec. 22:
 
Mike & Molly: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 9:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. CT
“Tis the Season to be Molly”
Mike (Billy Gardell) assures Molly (Melissa McCarthy) he’ll be home in time for Christmas Eve dinner – until he and Carl (Reno Wilson) end up in the back of a stolen truck. Meanwhile, Molly is upset with Vince (Louis Mustillo) for trying to change the family’s Christmas traditions.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 23:
 
The Muppet Christmas Carol: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Encore Presentation**
**Two-hour Special**
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.
 
Wednesday, Dec. 24:
 
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Encore Presentation**
**One-hour Special**
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).
 
Thursday, Dec. 25:
 
The Story of Frozen: Making A Disney Animated Classic: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Encore Presentation**
**One-hour Special**
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.
 
City Carol Sing: 9 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. MT, 8 p.m. CT
**City Original One-hour Special**
Carollers assemble to bring viewers a little holiday cheer with City’s sixth annual Carol Sing, hosted by CityNews anchor Gord Martineau, along with Canadian actors Ted Dykstra (Hemlock Grove) and Deborah Hay (Shaw and Stratford Festival) at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Performers include the True North Bass, the Larkin Singers, and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
 
Saturday, Dec. 27:
 
Hockey Night in Canada: 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT
Winnipeg @ Minnesota
The Winnipeg Jets take on the Minnesota Wild live in Minnesota.
 
Sunday, Dec. 28:
 
Rogers Hometown Hockey: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT
Vancouver @ Anaheim
This week, host Ron MacLean is live from Peterborough, ON as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks. Featuring MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, the broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories.
 
Monday, Dec. 29:
 
Mike & Molly (s/CBS): 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 9:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. CT
“Gone Cheatin’”
A guys-only fishing trip changes when Carl (Reno Wilson) invites Victoria (Katy Mixon) – much to Mike’s (Billy Gardell) dismay.
 
Wednesday, Dec. 31:
 
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Six-hour Special**
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.
 
Saturday, Jan. 3:
 
Hockey Night in Canada: 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa
The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Ottawa Senators live in Ottawa.
 
Sunday, Jan. 4:
 
Rogers Hometown Hockey: 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa
This week, host Ron MacLean is live from Owen Sound, ON as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Ottawa Senators. Featuring MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, the broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories.
 
Revenge (s/ABC): 10 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. MT, 9 p.m. CT
“Epitaph”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Monday, Jan. 5:
 
The Bachelor (s/ABC): 8 p.m. ET on OMNI 2, 9 p.m. MT on OMNI AB, 8 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
**Season Premiere**
Bachelor Chris Soules, 33 – the sexy and successful farmer from Iowa, who vied for the heart of Andi Dorfman last season on The Bachelorette – is ready for a second chance at love. In the special live season premiere, Chris prepares for the night of his life as 30 beautiful bachelorettes begin to arrive at the mansion. After a dramatic twist at the end of the evening, 22 bachelorettes will continue on their exciting adventure with Chris, in hopes of finding the love of a lifetime.
 
2 Broke Girls (s/CBS): 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
“And the Fun Factory”
Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) select a factory to produce their cupcake T-shirts, but become suspicious of the work conditions there after meeting the overly enthusiastic employees.
 
Mike & Molly (s/CBS): 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 9:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. CT
“Molly’s Never Ending Story”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Scorpion (s/CBS): 9 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. MT, 8 p.m. CT
“Kill Screen”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Tuesday, Jan. 6:
 
New Girl (s/FOX):9 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. MT, 8 p.m. CT
“Shark”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
The Mindy Project (s/FOX): 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, 10:30 p.m. MT, 8:30 p.m. CT
“Stanford”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 7:
 
The Middle (s/ABC):8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Back-to-back Episodes**
“Pam Freakin’ Staggs”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
The Middle: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 9:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. CT
“The College Tour”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Empire (s/FOX): 9 p.m. ET on OMNI 2, 10 p.m. MT on OMNI AB, 9 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
**Series Premiere**
Musical legend Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, The Butler) has risen from a teenage drug dealer to become the head of Empire Entertainment. But when he is diagnosed with a fatal illness, he must choose between his three sons to lead the company, pitting them against one another. However, things become complicated when his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson, Person of Interest), is released from prison, and demands half the company.
 
Black-ish (s/ABC): 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, 10:30 p.m. MT, 8:30 p.m. CT
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Thursday, Jan. 8:
 
Sunnyside: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**City Original Series**
**Series Premiere**
“The Top Hat”
From hipsters and young professionals to yoga moms and romantic crooks, Sunnyside is a quirky neighbourhood in transition, where residents aren’t always what they seem and surprises lurk around every slightly dingy corner. In the series premiere, paranormal activity affects a couple’s love life; and Calliope (Kathleen Phillips, Dan for Mayor, Mr. D) breaks it off with Bad Boy Samson (Pat Thornton, Satisfaction, The Jon Dore Show) when their first date ends in a police shootout. Meanwhile, Dave (Rob Norman, MANTOWN improve troupe, Just for Laughs), the yuppie dad, introduces his toddler to the Baby Fight Club; and “The Hole” (Norm MacDonald, Saturday Night Live) – an open manhole that replaces the Internet – answers residents’ questions.
 
Mom (s/CBS): 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 9:30 p.m. MT, 7:30 p.m. CT
“Godzilla and a Sprig of Mint”
Episodic information currently unavailable.
 
Friday, Jan. 9:
 
Glee (s/FOX):8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT
**Two-hour Season Premiere**
“Loser Like Me/Homecoming”
Rachel (Lea Michele) returns home after her humiliating failure as a TV actress, and – upon discovering that Sue (Jane Lynch) has banished the arts at McKinley – takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss) has moved home to coach the Warblers, while Will (Matthew Morrison) is coaching rival Vocal Adrenaline; and Sam (Chord Overstreet) is the assistant coach for the McKinley football team. Plus, Puck (Mark Salling), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Brittany (Heather Morris), Artie (Kevin McHale), and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) all return to McKinley for Homecoming and help Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer) recruit for the new Glee Club.
 
Saturday, Jan. 10:
 
Hockey Night in Canada: 6 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. MT, 3 p.m. PT
Ottawa @ Arizona
The Ottawa Senators take on the Arizona Coyotes live in Arizona.
 
Sunday, Jan. 11:
 
Rogers Hometown Hockey: 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT
Florida @ Edmonton
This week, host Ron MacLean is live from Moncton, NB as the Florida Panthers take on the Edmonton Oilers. Featuring MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, the broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories.
 
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