It’s a Merry SPACE-MAS Packed with Magic, Time Travel, Nicolas Cage, and a Brand-New DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special

— December 9, 2015

? All-new DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG, premieres Christmas Day at 9 p.m. ET –
? Galactic drama THE EXPANSE debuts with two-night premiere event, Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET –
– All-new special INNERSPACE PRESENTS: THE FORCE AWAKENS airs Friday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. ET –
? Space airs the season finales of smash-hit series Z NATION and THE LIBRARIANS –
? Nicolas Cage returns to SPACE-MAS with a new marathon aptly named NICOLAS CAGE-A-THON 2: CAGIER THAN EVER ?

TORONTO (December 9, 2015) – Space is the place where Ho! Ho! Ho! meets Who! Who! Who! as SPACE-MAS returns with 16 days of out-of-this-world programming. SPACE-MAS would not be merry without an all-new DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, preceded by a three day CHRISTMAS WITH THE DOCTOR MARATHON. SPACE-MAS 2015 also gifts viewers with Harry Potter and Nicolas Cage movie marathons as well as the chance to catch-up on fan-favorite series like FACE OFF, SUPERNATURAL, and THE LIBRARIANS.   Before SPACE-MAS kicks off, Space wraps up the current season of fan-favourite series Z NATION on Friday, Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET. Space also welcomes the new galactic drama THE EXPANSE with a two-night premiere event on Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET. Viewers who were busy bedazzling stockings or making mulled wine can catch the first three episodes with THE EXPANSE CATCH-UP MARATHON Tuesday, Dec. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. In keeping with tradition, the TARDIS tops the SPACE-MAS tree with the much anticipated premiere of the 2015 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG. Premiering at 9 p.m. ET on Christmas Day, this year’s special reunites the Doctor (Peter Capaldi, THE THICK OF IT) with – “spoilers!” – his wife, River Song (Alex Kingston, ER) and marks the first time Capaldi’s Doctor and Kingston will share the screen together in these iconic roles. The 75 minute special also features guest appearances from LITTLE BRITIAN’s Matt Lucas and MAN DOWN’s Greg Davies. Leading up to the premiere, Space gets viewers in the Christmas special spirit with the CHRISTMAS WITH THE DOCTOR MARATHON. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8 a.m. ET, the marathon features all past DOCTOR WHO Christmas specials, a selection of past episodes, the 2013 docu-drama AN ADVENTURE IN TIME AND SPACE, and all the episodes of Seasons 8 and 9. Viewers looking for the ghosts of SPACE-MAS past will find them during the SUPERNATURAL CATCH-UP MARATHON airing Saturday, Dec. 19 beginning at 6 a.m. ET. Space then heads to the Starship Enterprise for STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES MARATHON on Sunday, Dec. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Next up, Space has the FACE OFF MARATHON featuring the complete eighth and ninth seasons of the special effects reality competition series, Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22. Last, but not least, viewers can check out the first two seasons of hit series THE LIBRARIANS during THE LIBRARIANS CATCH-UP MARATHON, Saturday, Dec. 26 and Sunday, Dec. 27 beginning at 11 am. ET on both days, before the Season 2 finale airs Sunday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. When it comes to movie marathons during SPACE-MAS, there’s no shortage of magic, excitement, or…Nicolas Cage. This year’s SPACE-MAS movie lineup features the MERRY POTTER MARATHON beginning Sunday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET. Then, Space delivers Nicolas Cage, Nicolas Cage, and more Nicolas Cage during the NICOLAS CAGE-A-THON 2: CAGIER THAN EVER, featuring some of the actor’s finest films including CON AIR, KICK-ASS, and DRIVE ANGRY.   Space December programming and SPACE-MAS highlights are below. Click here for the complete December schedule. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit Space.ca to confirm local broadcast times).   Monday, Dec. 14 10 p.m. – THE EXPANSE “Dulcinea” *Series Premiere* In the asteroid belt near Saturn, James Holden (Steven Strait, MAGIC CITY) and the crew of the ice-freighter Canterbury, investigate a distress call from a mysterious derelict ship, the Scopuli. On Ceres Station, Detective Miller (Thomas Jane, HUNG) begins an off the book investigation of a missing heiress, Julie Mao (Florence Faivre, THE FOLLOWING). Tuesday, Dec. 15 10 p.m. – THE EXPANSE “The Big Empty” *New Episode* Holden (Strait) and crew fight for survival in a badly damaged shuttle. Miller (Jane) uncovers clues to Julie Mao (Faivre), as water rationing hits Ceres station. On Earth, UN Deputy Undersecretary Crisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog) interrogates a terrorist. Friday, Dec. 18 6 p.m. – INNERSPACE PRESENTS: THE FORCE AWAKENS *Special Premiere* INNERSPACE is dedicating a special half-hour to the iconic franchise with INNERSPACE PRESENTS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, featuring interviews with the cast, a look at the most impressive Star Wars collections from around the world, an in-depth chat with the developers of the epic video game Star Wars: Battlefront, and theories from the INNERSPACE hosts on what viewers can expect to see in the epic new chapter of Star Wars. 10 p.m. – Z NATION “All Good Things Must Come To An End” *Season 2 Finale* Please visit bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/space for updated episodic descriptions. SPACE-MAS Holiday Programming – Saturday, Dec. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 3 SUPERNATURAL CATCH-UP MARATHON Saturday, Dec. 19 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. This marathon gives viewers the chance to catch up on the first eight episodes of Season 11. SUPERNATURAL follows the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki, GILMORE GIRLS) and Dean (Jensen Ackles, My Bloody Valentine), who have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES MARATHON Sunday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. This marathon features all 22 episodes of STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Based on the hit STAR TREK series, THE ANIMATED SERIES features the voices of original cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Majel Barrett, and James Doohan. FACE OFF MARATHON Monday Dec. 21 – Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Space takes viewers inside the world of competitive special-effects make-up with a marathon of FACE OFF Seasons 8 and 9. Contestants battle it, creating amazing works of living art, to be crowned the winner and take home the top prize. CHRISTMAS WITH THE DOCTOR MARATHON Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 from 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. It’s not SPACE-MAS without an appearance by the Doctor! This marathon features every DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, from “The Christmas Invasion” to “Last Christmas”, plus memorable past episodes and specials including “The Waters of Mars” and THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, and a chance for viewers to catch up on seasons 8 and 9 in full before unwrapping the all-new 2015 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special. 9 p.m. – 2015 DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG *Special Premiere* It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when the Time Lord’s help is requested he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy! King Hydroflax is furious and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River work out who the Doctor is? THE LIBRARIANS CATCH-UP MARATHON Saturday, Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Viewers have the chance to catch-up on the first two seasons of THE LIBRARIANS before the Season 2 finale. THE LIBRARIANS follows a team that works for an ancient organization tasked with protecting an unwitting world from a hidden, magical reality that exists around them. 8 p.m. – THE LIBRARIANS “The Librarians and the Final Curtain” *Season 2 Finale* The Librarians discover that Prospero's (Richard Cox, ALPHA HOUSE) renewed magic is wreaking havoc with the technology of the world. He is recreating an idyllic forest utopia, and in order to stop him, Flynn (Noah Wyle, FALLING SKIES) and Baird (Rebecca Romijn, X-Men) must travel back to 1611, while the rest of the team battles Prospero in the present. Little do they realize that they can only defeat Prospero in each time by finding a way to work together, separated by five centuries. MERRY POTTER MARATHON Sunday, Dec. 27 – Friday, Jan. 1 from 9 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. This marathon features all eight films of the Harry Potter film series. Adding to the magic, Space will also air THE MUMMY and THE MUMMY RETURNS; MIRROR, MIRROR; THE THREE MUSKETEERSPRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME; and many more. THE EXPANSE CATCH-UP MARATHON Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Viewers have the opportunity to get fully immersed in the world of THE EXPANSE with a marathon of the first three episodes of the new galactic drama, followed by an all-new episode. 10 p.m. – THE EXPANSE “CQB” *New Episode* Holden (Strait) and crew are caught in the middle of a desperate battle as mysterious war ships attack and board the Donnager. As Miller (Jane) pursues the Julie Mao (Faivre) investigation, his partner has gone missing. NICOLAS CAGE-A-THON 2: CAGIER THAN EVER Friday, Jan. 1 – Sunday, Jan. 3 from 6:45 p.m. – 3:55 a.m. Space starts the New Year off with some magic, action, adventure, and even more Nicolas Cage! The NICOLAS CAGE-A-THON 2: CAGIER THAN EVER marathon unleashes some of Nicolas Cage’s most memorable films on the Space audience, including THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, THE ROCK, KICK-ASS, NATIONAL TREASURE, THE WICKER MAN, and more.

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