New Year's Eve: What to watch, TV Schedule

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WASHINGTON, December 31, 2012Time for all you armchair revelers to kick back, find your remote, have plenty of champagne, beer or chamomile tea handy and get ready to rock the night away from the barcalounger.

It’s New Year’s Eve and if you can’t be on Times Square this frosty evening, then parked in front of an over-sized television is the next best place. Our friends in TV land have what they like to call a star-studded line up in store for us, no matter your taste in entertainment. There’s everyone from Audra McDonald to Taylor Swift, from the New York Philharmonic to Psy and even Snooki, many performing right in the heart of Times Square.

Print this out so you can channel surf, not missing a thing. Remember all times given are Eastern Standard Time.

Train will perform just before the ball drop AP

8 p.m. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 (ABC): Since the death of Dick Clark last April, Ryan Seacrest will be hosting this year’s show by himself, starting with a two-hour look-back at the life of the legendary Dick Clark.

Starting at 10 p.m., Seacrest will be joined by Jenny McCarthy, hosting performers Taylor Swift, Psy, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, and Fergie out in L.A.

Psy goes on at 10:37 p.m. with his hit “Gangnam Style.” Taylor Swift takes the mike at 11:38 p.m. to sing her hits “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

There will be a break for the 11 p.m. news before resuming for the full countdown to the ball drop with New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and all 36 Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

8 p.m. EST Live from Lincoln Center (PBS): “Private Practice” and Broadway star Audra McDonald hosts “One Singular Sensation,” The New York Philharmonic’s tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (who died this past August and was originally scheduled to conduct the concert).

Megan Hilty of “Smash” and Raúl Esparza of “Law & Order: SVU” are also scheduled to perform at the Lincoln Center gala.

Carson Daly AP

10 p.m. “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (NBC): Carson Daly will be joined by “The Voice” champion Cassadee Pope as well as the “The Voice” coaches, Train, and Angela Kinsey of the “The Office” for music and the countdown to the ball drop.

There will even be a bit from Donald Trump, giving real estate advice for 2013. Really. And “Parks and Recreation’s” Amy Poehler and Adam Scott explaining the New Year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.”  Plus look for Jimmy Fallon to drop by as well.

Train is slated to hit the airways at 11:56 p.m. with the John Lennon song “Imagine,” moments before the ball drops.

 The show will break at 11 p.m. for news and then resume the countdown to midnight.

10 p.m. New Year’s Eve With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (CNN): Anderson Cooper will broadcast hourly countdowns from Times Square and doing interviews. Funny woman Kathy Griffin can be counted on to supply the wit and wisdom as only she can dispense it. America’s most unorthodox couple is back for their sixth year in Times Square.

Cooper has had a conversation with Griffin about keeping her clothes on, something she didn’t do last year, stripping down to black lacy underwear. However, it was almost balmy last year, conducive to stripping. Not this year.

11 p.m. New Year’s Eve Live! (Fox): Marlon Wayans (“Living Color”) will usher in the New Year with “X Factor” champ Tate Stevens, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, musical group Lifehouse, and Carmen Electra (“Baywatch”) from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Ryan Seacrest with 2013 Times Square ball AP

11 p.m. All-American New Year (Fox News Channel): Pat Benatar, Sarah Brightman and the cast of the Broadway hit musical Million Dollar Quartet join Fox News anchors Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly and other FNC personalities to ring in the new year.

11 p.m. MTV’s Club NYE 2013 (MTV): “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and “Money from Strangers’” Jeff Dye host. Expect to see Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora, and Conor Maynard.

If you survived this extravaganza, then you should be able to survive a year with the number 13 in it. Happy New Year!

For all of the activities at Times Square, read: New Year’s Eve: Times Square ball drop schedule: Taylor Swift, Train and Psy perform


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