Not big on the partying? Just want to sit in front of your TV to herald in 2012?
As usual, there are plenty of options with lots and lots of music, from pop to country to hip-hop to classical. Last year, stalwart “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC was the most popular pick, drawing 18.8 million viewers in the final half hour. And, yes, Dick Clark is still hanging in there.
ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” (8 p.m. to 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-1:08 a.m.) The 40th edition of this tradition is the most popular and the longest, too, starting at 8 p.m. and running more than four hours total featuring 29 musical performance.
The first two hours are hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, highlighting the 40 most memorable performances of the past 40 years. Year one in 1972 featured the likes of Helen Reddy, Al Green and Three Dog Night. At 10 p.m., Dunwoody High School grad Ryan Seacrest and 82-year-old Clark host from Times Square. There are pre-taped performances from Los Angeles as well as a few live ones in New York City, including Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. After the 11 p.m. news, they return at 11:30 a.m. and run past 1 a.m. Among the other acts: Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine, Gym Class Heroes, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae, the Band Perry, Blink-182 and Christina Perri. Beyonce is also rumored to show up.
“[Clark] is doing good,” Seacrest told ABC News. “He’s excited about this year. He gets excited every year. He looks forward to being on the air. He still runs the show. He’ll make as many appearances as he wants, and I kind of just stand there and take the ball when he passes it.”
NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (10 p.m. to 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) – Carson Daly, now host of “The Voice,” brings in comedy from Jimmy Fallon, a year in review of music by Brian Williams and musical performances by “Voice” judges Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green (right), Drake, Jessie J, Megan Hilty, the Roots and Tony Bennett.
Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live” (11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.): This year, the network opted for a more country music focus featuring Georgia’s own Lauren Alaina and country star Rodney Atkins.
GPB’s “Live From Lincoln Center” (10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.): Want your celebration a little more classy? The New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet feature works by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.) : Anderson Cooper is joined again with his buddy Kathy Griffin, who will likely say or do something obnoxious and controversial though she (more or less) behaved herself last year. This will be at least the fourth time they’ve paired up.
Fox News’ “All American New Year” (11 p.m to 12:30 a.m.: Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly usher in 2012 at Times Square with Big and Rich, Trace Adkins and the cast of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.”
MTV’s “NYE in NYC 2012″ (11 p.m. to 12:05 a.m.): Tyler Posey, who stars in Atlanta-based “Teen Wolf” hosts with Demi Lovato in Times Square. Performers include Jason DeRulo, Selena Gomez, J. Cole and Mac Miller.
BET’s “106 & Party 2011″ (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.): Among the performers are Atlanta’s own Waka Flocka Flame, B.o.B. and Young Jeezy; plus Yelawolf, Diggy, Ace Hood, Tyga, Meek Mill, Future, MGK and Maino.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk