December 30, 2013

An Introvert’s Guide to New Year’s Eve on TV


New Years Eve is typically planned in as early as November, with people flocking to various themed parties all typically involving drinks and lots of cheering. But if you’re anything like me, you prefer a night in by yourself with a cup of tea, and maybe a handful of close friends or family at most. Good thing the TV holds no shortage of NYE programming to fill the night! As a self-proclaimed professional channel surfer, I’ll guide you through the highlights of the biggest TV specials.


Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live hosted by Mario Lopez – 11:00PM

Mario Lopez will be on Fox hosting live from the Vegas strip. Rapper J. Cole, and groups Krewella, New Politics, and Panic! At the Disco are all set to perform. These aren’t necessarily big-draw names, but with mainstream artists filling the lineups for other programs, this will definitely be a change of pace.


CNN’s New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper – 11:00PM

CNN is also holding a New Years Eve program, because that’s exactly what we want from what’s supposed to be a legitimate news reporting network. Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper return as the hosts and have no musical performances, but they will be reviewing the best and worst of entertainment, politics, global news, and the economy. As well, with Kathy Griffin involved hilarity is almost guaranteed.


ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve and Niagara Falls – 10:00PM

In previous years, CityTV also held a NYE special, but this year, ET Canada will be the only ones to put on a spectacle in Canada. American performer Demi Lovato will be joining us neighbours to the north, and will be joining Canadians Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts Band, Our Lady Peace, and Celine Dion who will be live from Las Vegas. Sure, their lineup is significantly smaller than the American specials, but at least you won’t have to deal with performances you don’t care about before getting to the ones you actually want to watch. Send your NYE selfies using the hashtag #ETCanadaNYE! The ET special will air on Global.


New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly – 10:00-12:30PM

Carson Daly (Image belongs to Anthony Quintano on Flickr)

Carson Daly (Image belongs to Anthony Quintano on Flickr)

On NBC you can catch New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, the other major show of the night. In past years I usually focus on this show and Dick Clark’s. This event shares Times Square with the Dick Clark event, and although they also usually have an impressive musical lineup, they’re keeping the list secret. The only performers announced so far are Blake Shelton and Mariah Carey. Looks like you’ll have to wait and see who’s attending! Or, if you’re on the west coast, you can ask your east coast friends if it’s worth the watch.


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest – Main show: 10:00PM-1:08AM

Image belongs to Anthony Quintano on Flickr

Image belongs to Anthony Quintano on Flickr

In my experience, Dick Clark’s program has arguably always done New Years Eve the best. Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy are hosting the night for the thousands who flock to Times Square and bear the frigid NYC air. Musicians set to perform this year are Blondie, Icona Pop, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull live from Miami, and Billy Joel live from Brooklyn just after Midnight. Of course, the strike of midnight is celebrated with the iconic ball drop.

The counterpart to the DC show is also the West Coast party hosted by Fergie, with performances from Capital Cities, Daughtry, Ariana Grande, The Fray, Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, and Enrique Iglesias. Robin Thicke is also set to perform, but if he irks you, then you can definitely choose to flip to another channel while he’s on stage.

But before these talented musicians take the stage, you can watch the pre-show where Seacrest and McCarthy will be counting down the 30 Greatest Women in Music at 8:00PM.


There are so many TV specials on, and if the live shows aren’t you thing, you can always watch the TV premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on CTV at 8PM. Let me know what your New Year resolutions/goals are in the comments below!


Featured Image by Mondayne on Flickr


About the Author

Dulce Rosales
Dulce Rosales
Traversing the galaxy as a fourth-year business student at SFU, Dulce always takes a moment to stop and smell the metaphorical roses (Not real ones as she has a slight pollen allergy). She is a passionate fan of being a passionate fan of things. Feel free to geek out with her any time online and off!

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