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TV-PG+L (30 MIN)

Radio sales rep Julie wants to look slim and sleek before a trip to Thailand but her love of greasy sausages is making her clothes snug. Can this former fitness instructor give up fatty snacks and get back into the gym or is she destined for a flabby vacation?


TV-PG+L (30 MIN)

Sheelagh managed to lose 100 pounds on her own but now those last few just aren't budging. Her lack of exercise and love of licorice are keeping the weight on and keeping her out of a sexy dress for the office Christmas bash.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Sofie Kehdi heads back to Belize to help husband and wife team Rachel and Ben size up some resort properties. Along with their investors, Rachel and Ben are looking to purchase a resort on the island of Ambergris Caye that will provide the most bang for their buck. Each with a big personality of their own, it becomes clear this couple is not going to see eye to eye on what they want. Luckily for them, Sofie is a pro at mediating conflicts when it comes to real estate. Which knockout beach resort will Ben and Rachel choose? This episode features the first two of four properties Sofie shows to her clients, with a special guest appearance by agent Daniel Hartin.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Sofie Kehdi heads back to Belize to help husband and wife team Rachel and Ben size up some resort properties. Along with their investors, Rachel and Ben are looking to purchase a resort on the island of Ambergris Caye that will provide the most bang for their buck. Each with a big personality of their own, it becomes clear this couple is not going to see eye to eye on what they want. Luckily for them, Sofie is a pro at mediating conflicts when it comes to real estate. Which knockout beach resort will Ben and Rachel choose? This episode features the last two of four properties, as well as the reveal of which resorts the clients decide to purchase, with a special guest appearance by Daniel Hartin.


TV-G (30 MIN)

The King is back, baby! Daryl King is known to make an entrance, and he wants the houses he shows to have that same "wow" factor. His clients are looking for a grand mansion, and with their sizeable budget won't settle for anything less than spectacular. Will Daryl be able to dazzle his clients and find a property that will take their breath away? This episode features the first two of four properties, with a special guest appearance by Design Generation builder and designer Carlo Rinomato.


TV-G (30 MIN)

The King is back, baby! Daryl King is known to make an entrance, and he wants the houses he shows to have that same "wow" factor. His clients are looking for a grand mansion, and with their sizeable budget won't settle for anything less than spectacular. Will Daryl be able to dazzle his clients and find a property that will take their breath away? This episode features the last two of four properties, as well as the reveal of which house the clients decide to purchase.


TV-G (30 MIN)

International luxury realtor Mike Donia jets off to Thailand to work with a client and good friend of his, Mae. She is moving back to her hometown of Bangkok to pursue her modeling career, and is looking for the house of her dreams. Mike has his work cut out for him, as Mae's long wish list will be hard to achieve with her budget. With the help of a Bangkok real estate expert, Max Gloeckner, Mike is confident he can deliver just what Mae is looking for. This episode features the first two of four properties Mike shows to his client.


TV-G (30 MIN)

International luxury realtor Mike Donia jets off to Thailand to work with a client and good friend Mae. She is moving back to her hometown of Bangkok to pursue her modeling career, and is looking for the house of her dreams. Mike has his work cut out for him, as Mae's long wish list will be hard to achieve with her budget. With the help of a Bangkok real estate expert, Max Gloeckner, Mike is confident he can deliver just what Mae is looking for. This episode features the last two of four properties, as well as the reveal of which house the client decides to purchase.


TV-PG (120 MIN)

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.


TV-PG (120 MIN)

A Romeo and Juliet romance takes place among two feuding New England Christmas Tree lot families. Against their families' wills, Julie Pine and visiting-from-Texas, Rick Spruce, fall in love, but are forced to hide their Yuletide relationship.


TV-G (120 MIN)

Experiencing cold feet about his upcoming arranged royal wedding, a charming European prince steals away incognito to the U.S. in search of true love. Pretending to be someone he isn't, the prince-on-the-lam meets Emma, a diner waitress, whose Christmas needs considerable brightening.


TV-PG L (120 MIN)

Sheriff Rick has lost his holiday spirit, but when he arrests an intruder on Christmas Eve who claims to be Santa, his world is turned upside down. With the help of Lucy, the new girl in town, Santa helps show Rick that even when you feel that all is lost, love is all around you.


TV-14 (120 MIN)

Due to an antiquated clause in her grandmother's will, an ambitious young executive must marry by Christmas or lose her place at the family company.


TV-PG (120 MIN)

Drowning in tinsel and lights every Christmas, Michael and Caroline Anderson throw the year's biggest party at their house. But this year, with Michael jobless and Caroline's store struggling, that tradition may end. The Andersons decide to host a very different kind of party and, in the process, rediscover what's most important about the holiday.


TV-PG (120 MIN)

With Christmas approaching, life appears to be good for Tom, an ex-Olympic hockey star, and his girlfriend, Jenny, a firefighter -- at least until Mary, a former Olympic figure skater, Tom's soon-to-be ex-wife and the author of a book of tips on relationships, is convinced that appearing to be still happy with Tom will help sell her book. Tom's strong desire to spend the holidays with his and Mary's daughter provides a test of true love and, ultimately, reveals who the true heroes are.


TV-PG (120 MIN)

A man dressed as a fireman at a Halloween party is in fact a handsome warlock, and to his surprise his powers fail him once he smooches the mortal girl of his dreams, the formidable Sara. Did his powers transfer to her? In any event, he must woo her the old-fashioned way, with romance, while also unraveling a loveless engagement to a witch from his council.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

One of the most popular television celebrity chefs, Michael Smith is the kind of cook you'd want in your kitchen: affable, creative, no-nonsense. Based in Prince Edward Island, his down-home appeal has resulted in four wildly successful TV series, seen in close to 30 countries. Born in the US and trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Michael chose the cozy environment of a Canadian country inn to make his culinary mark. Since then he has won the hearts of thousands of amateur cooks who identify with his unpretentious but elegant recipes. In fact Michael celebrates cooking without a recipe: His series "Chef at Home (and subsequent cookbook) encourages amateur cooks to experiment, be brave, and add a little of this and a little of that. It's certainly worked for him.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

"I love the sea, it's in my blood says Chef Dave Pasternack. And he's not kidding: Dave's been fishing since the age of five, and forty years later, now runs Esca “ what many consider to be the best seafood restaurant in New York City. Dave brought the crudo craze to Manhattan -- an Italian preparation of lightly cured raw, fresh fish with olive oils, sea salts, crushed nuts and/or citrus juices. Given the unadorned nature of his cuisine, Dave's ingredients are paramount and he has more than 50 purveyors of seafood from around the world. Still an avid fisherman himself, Dave still supplies some items on the menu from his own fishing trips. Frank Brunni of the New York Times says, "He's an honest-to-God fisherman, in love with the ocean, and Esca is his ongoing ode to it." So is Pasternack's new cookbook, "The Young Man and the Sea which chronicles his love of fishing, cooking and offers readers some of the most coveted Esca staples- including the Italian Frito Misto Amalfitano.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Grant Achatz grew up in the family restaurant business in Michigan but now, as a world-famous chef, his food goes way beyond traditional. A molecular gastronomist, Grant is a bold experimenter with food ingredients and their form. He's renowned for his exquisite 25-course tasting menu at his restaurant Alinea in Chicago which Gourmet Magazine has hailed as the "Best Restaurant in America. Grant knew as a teenager he wanted to become a chef and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. He credits his mentor Thomas Keller (and a two-year stint at the renowned French Laundry) for giving him both the guidance and the freedom to pursue a truly original cuisine. Grant also recently recovered from the scare of his life: he was recently diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, which could have ended his career. But an innovative cancer treatment saved his precious sense of taste, and Grant is back where he belongs: in the kitchen of Alinea, creating more of the innovative dishes that have made him famous.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

At first glance, with his Mohawk haircut, crazy glasses and rolled up pants, Chris Cosentino seems like a madman of the culinary arts. A dedicated proponent of "head to tail dining - in which you literally feast on every part of the animal “ his food may seem a little crazy too, at first. But his Grilled Beef Heart, Fried Cow Testicles and Chocolate Blood Pudding are delectable treats for the palate. And his Incanto Restaurant in San Francisco has caught the attention of many celebrated peers of the culinary world “ like Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain. Chris credits his admitted ADD/ADHD for his vivid imagination. And when he's not in the kitchen, creating another delicious variation on offal, Chris can often be seen mountain-biking in the hills surrounding San Francisco, appreciating the call of the wild on another level entirely.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Gale Gand got an early start as a baker: by age six she caught the eye of a Life magazine photographer who was impressed by her beautiful mud pies. Forty years later, Gale is now one of the best pastry chefs in America. She's always had an artistic flare: she studied jewellery design in college, but soon realized she could combine that with her love of cooking, and voila: she's been creating culinary works of art ever since. She is executive pastry chef at the world-renowned Tru Restaurant in Chicago, has authored several cookbooks and hosted her own tv series Sweet Dreams since 2000. Her desserts have been called poetic and luscious and she's been credited with "elevating quintessential childhood flavours to a high-wire act. All this, and Gale has also managed to raise three children herself.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

No one craves chocolate like Jacques Torres. In fact he's known as Mr. Chocolate in the culinary world. Jacques Torres has wanted to be a baker since age 15, and growing up in France, he had some of the best mentors in the business. He brought his talents to the famed Le Cirque Restaurant in New York where he created masterful desserts for presidents, kings and celebrities. Jacques is now Dean of Pastry Studies at the French Culinary Institute and has created his own line of chocolate delights called Jacques Torres Chocolate. His factory in Brooklyn goes through a hundred tons of chocolate a year “ but it is no way an assembly line: As Jacques says, "I'm an artisan. I wanted people to put a face on chocolate.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Cat Cora grew up in Mississippi “ the daughter of Greek immigrants. Her grandfather ran diners in the delta where Cat first caught the restaurant bug. She eventually trained at The Culinary Institute of America and at one of her first gigs in California, the legendary Jacques Pepin happened to dine at her restaurant. He was so impressed he immediately wrote The James Beard House and declared Cat a chef to watch. She soon was asked to be the first female Iron Chef “ and she leaped at the chance. (Having played softball as a young girl, she loved competition.) Cat also founded "Chefs for Humanity and during Hurricane Katrina she and fellow chefs like Ming Tsai were feeding between three and five thousand people a day. Cat has a certain affinity for helping others “ in part, because as a lesbian chef in a world dominated by men, surviving is what she's good at.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Chef Rick Bayless was first drawn to Mexican culture as an anthropologist but it was the cuisine that eventually stole his heart. With six cookbooks and a highly successful tv series to his credit, Rick has done more than any chef to raise awareness of the richness and variety of Mexican food. The New York Times has called him "the greatest contribution to the Mexican table imaginable. He is chef/owner of one of Chicago's hottest restaurants The Frontera Grill. Rick also conducts guided culinary tours to Mexico, has started his own Mexican food line, and even has brought his daughter into the fold, co-writing a cookbook with her on their Mexican adventures. (To top it all off, he's one hot salsa dancer.)