CTV highlights this week: From 'Castle's' handcuffs to Christmas elves

CTV highlights this week: From 'Castle's' handcuffs to Christmas elves
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel
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Things appear to be steamy in the first few minutes of “Castle,” with Castle and Beckett waking up in bed handcuffed together, but it proves to be more complicated than x-rated as they can’t remember how or why they got into this sealed room.

And with Season 4 of “Flashpoint” coming to a close, tensions are running high. Not only is Sgt. Parker confronted with orders to resign, Sam has to make a decision that puts Jules’ life at risk. Oh, and the sinister psychologist, Dr. Toth, is back, so you know things are going to get intense.

On a lighter note, just in time for the holidays, Lanny and Wayne, the Christmas elves are in the line up, along with crooner Michael Bublé who will be hosting his first holiday Christmas show with guests that include Justin Bieber, Oscar the Grouch, Tracy Morgan, and Ed Helms.

More CTV highlights…

Monday, Dec. 5

8 p.m. – LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING – HOLIDAY SPECIAL (2009)
This half-hour holiday special reveals the tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. During their Christmas Eve mission, elves Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Starring Canadian Dave Foley (THE KIDS IN THE HALL), Canadian Sarah Chalke (SCRUBS) and Derek Richardson (MEN IN TREES), the holiday special also airs Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET and Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

8:30 p.m. – PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE – NEW HOLIDAY SPECIAL
PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE is the new half-hour sequel to LANNY & WAYNE: THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid. Dave Foley (HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN), Sarah Chalke (SCRUBS) and Chris Parnell (SUBURGATORY) lend their voices to these animated elves. Encore presentation airs Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.  

9 p.m. – TWO AND A HALF MEN – “A Lovely Landing Strip” – NEW EPISODE
Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is trying his best to impress his new love interest (guest star Sophie Winkleman, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) when Bridget (Judy Greer) reappears in his life.

9:30 p.m. – MIKE & MOLLY – “Molly Needs a Number” – NEW EPISODE
When Molly (Melissa McCarthy) is swamped with Thanksgiving preparations and wedding planning, she asks Mike (Billy Gardell) to help, with mixed results. 

10 p.m. – CASTLE – “Cuffed” – NEW EPISODE
When Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) wake up in bed and find themselves handcuffed together in a locked room with no memory of how or why they got there, they must piece together the mystery of where they are and why, all while trying to escape. Meanwhile, Ryan (Seamus Dever), Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) are left to investigate Castle and Beckett’s disappearance in a case where all is not what it seems.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

8 p.m. – A MICHAEL BUBLÉ CHRISTMAS – NEW HOLIDAY SPECIAL  
Grammy Award®-winner Canadian Michael Bublé hosts his first holiday Christmas show in a star studded special featuring Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters and Naturally 7. Bublé will sing songs from his new Christmas album including such classics as "White Christmas,” "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Feliz Navidad," and "Jingle Bells." The special also includes comedy shorts featuring Michael alongside stars Tracy Morgan (30 ROCK) and Ed Helms (THE OFFICE). Encore airs Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

9 p.m. – FLASHPOINT – “Priority of Life” – NEW EPISODE
As Parker (Enrico Colantoni) is confronted with orders to resign, Team One responds to a bio-terror call at a laboratory – forcing Sam (David Paetkau) to make a decision that puts Jules’ (Amy Jo Johnson) life at risk. Guest stars include David Alplay (THE TUDORS) and Anjali Jay (Blind Dating). Victor Garber (Titanic) also returns reprising his role as psychologist Dr. Toth.  

Wednesday, Dec. 7

8 p.m. – THE X FACTOR – NEW 90-MINUTE EPISODE – LIVE
The remaining finalists perform live on an all-new 90-minute episode.

10 p.m. – CSI – “Zippered” – NEW EPISODE
The CSI team investigates the murder of a seemingly innocent rancher who turns out to be a ballistics expert.

Thursday, Dec. 8

8 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Speckerman Recurrence” – NEW EPISODE
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) must face his fears after being contacted by his high school tormentor (guest star Lance Barber, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA).

8:30 p.m. – WHITNEY – “Christmas is Cummings” – NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE
Whitney (Whitney Cummings) and Alex (Chris D'Elia) scheme a way to skip out on their family gatherings to start new holiday traditions with their friends. However, Whitney's little white lie to her mother Candi (guest star Jane Kaczmarek, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE) and an unexpected visit from her father, Vince, (guest star Peter Gallagher, THE O.C.) cause her perfect plan of merriment to unravel.

9 p.m. – GRIMM– “Danse Macabre” – NEW EPISODE
A morbid discovery at a local prep school leads Nick (David Giuntoli) to a troubled music prodigy with a secret.

10 p.m. – THE MENTALIST – “The Redshirt” – NEW EPISODE
When a retired NFL star quarterback is presumed dead after his car blows up, Jane (Simon Baker) and the CBI investigate the case. While preparing for a court case, Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Harrigan (Jillian Bach) take their relationship to the next level.

Friday, Dec. 9

8:30 p.m. – SHREK THE HALLS – HOLIDAY SPECIAL (2007) 
It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. For the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about. So when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. Encore air Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. 

9 p.m. – GRIMM – “The Three Bad Wolves” – NEW EPISODE
A suspicious fire reveals a rivalry with connections to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell).  

Saturday, Dec. 10

8 p.m. – CTV MOVIE – MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN – NEW HOLIDAY MOVIE (2011) 
In this Canadian film MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN, Santa Claus, (Martin O’Carrigan, Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser) loses his holiday spirit. Mrs. Claus (Teddey Moore, THE KENNEDYS), comes up with a master plan to help him recapture his bliss in the one place she knows the spirit of Christmas must still exist: New York City.

Sunday, Dec. 11

7 p.m. – ONCE UPON A TIME – “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” – NEW EPISODE
One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin).

8 p.m. – THE AMAZING RACE – NEW EPISODE – SEASON FINALE
The final three teams race each other but only one team will cross the finish line first and take home the $1 million prize.

9 p.m. – CTV MOVIE – CHRISTMAS MAGIC – NEW HOLIDAY MOVIE (2011) 
In CHRISTMAS MAGIC, after being in a severe car accident, Carrie Bishop (Lindy Booth, OCTOBER ROAD) is put on "Angel Duty" as her last task on Earth before she can "pass over" to Heaven. She must help and guide a young restaurant owner (Paul McGillion, STARGATE: ATLANTIS), who is depressed because his restaurant is weeks away from shutting its doors. However, along the way, she comes to learn a lot more about herself and romance, more so than when she was actually alive.

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