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Watching New Year’s on TV this year and yes, Ryan Seacrest is there for you

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark shepherd in 2012 on ABC. CREDIT: ABC

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark shepherd in 2012 on ABC. CREDIT: ABC

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 PerriBeyonce 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.”

Atlanta's busy Cee Lo Green, a judge on NBC's "The Voice," will appear on NBC's New Year's Eve show. AP photo

Atlanta's busy Cee Lo Green, a judge on NBC's "The Voice," will appear on NBC's New Year's Eve show. AP photo

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.

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. CREDIT: CNN

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. CREDIT: CNN

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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

76 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 30th, 2011
11:14 am

Thanks Rodney, so any political debates on New Years Eve? Just curious ;)

Pitchy

December 30th, 2011
11:22 am

Looking forward to Ryan Seacrest/Dick Clark.

Deirdre

December 30th, 2011
11:26 am

A big heaping pile of thanks to Rodney for giving us a new thread.

Happy to see you’re getting all those “hits” Rodney but I’ll just hang around here for now if that’s ok with you.

And a question: Do people who comment on politics so vehemently on blogs EVER read the facts before sounding like total idiots?

Rodney Ho

December 30th, 2011
11:26 am

I’m sure this is what Jim Galloway has to deal with every single day.

JTesla

December 30th, 2011
11:37 am

Keep the hits coming I say. Let Rodney pad his 2011 numbers!

Deirdre, the internet tends to draw out the lowest common denominator. Remember that half the nation has below average intelligence, and many of those just don’t realize it. The problem I have is that, as a nation, we now seem to be catering to those people.

Deirdre

December 30th, 2011
11:43 am

So much misinformation and misinterpretation. The Bible says that the meek shall inherit the earth…not the stupid!

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Tam

December 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

Glad to see them working together… We all know Ryan loves Dick. I will be watching.

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Kirk

December 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

I’d personally like to see more Dick Clark and less Seacrest, but since that’s not happening, I’m going out.

Rodney Ho

December 30th, 2011
2:56 pm

@Dierdre– I see JTesla has gotten himself enmeshed in the Kelly/Ron Paul blog entry political discussion. He’s a stickler for punishment!

JTesla

December 30th, 2011
3:01 pm

Come join me everyone, it’s a warm up for when the Idol season kicks into full gear!

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Deirdre

December 30th, 2011
4:06 pm

Yes, JT’s been having a good time today. I tend to avoid arguments where people are playing fast and loose with facts. I’ll stick to nailing Archie fans and decimating Fantasia fanatics! ;-)

DanJ

December 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

I thought Dick Clark was in bad health. Stroke? Glad to see he’s up for New Years Eve. Does anyone know if he’s in the Rock & Roll HOF? Should be if he isn’t.

Nerlman

December 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

Dick is still alive?

Seth T

December 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

Just a little news: Disney Talent Director reportedly said they are planning some walk-ons for their T.V. shows, and possibly a movie part for Rachael. It is not out-of-the-question that a a tv show will have her as one of the main characters. (Rachael, be careful of Britney’s path)

Melanie will be the immediate main focus of recording and appearances.

X-Factor has first rights to sign any of the crew for a few months, I believe that is through the Sony Affiliate/Management Group. Probability rumors are that Josh, Chris and yes, Astro – are very likely to get some kind of action.

Drew says she wants to get her own clothing line. Not hearing a whole lot about smaller labels or Entertainment Management Groups/Agents pursuit of any of the others yet.

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DanJ

December 30th, 2011
5:58 pm

Seth, I also read where Sony was going to sign Josh, Chris and Astro! Don’t know if its true or not. I thought Astro had already signed with JayZ…guess not. I’m sure Simon has the first right of refusal.

Darvocet spending

December 30th, 2011
8:57 pm

Poor Dick Clark, the man needs to hang it up. I feel like they’ve got him on puppet strings and someone’s off-camera just trying to animate the guy, lol.

JTesla

December 30th, 2011
9:20 pm

Darvocet spending, awww come on, why can’t they bring the marionette out once a year for the people to see?

Speaking of Steven Tyler, the puppet plays into this so follow me on this one, I saw a commercial for Idol and they are already pushing Steven Tyler’s wacky sayings. You never know what he’ll say! Well I’m not buying it. Considering how everything was beautiful once we went live I am going to call b.s. and say that he does scripted lines very nicely.

Mercedes S.

December 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

First chance to get back… and thanks, RoHo, for escape hatch! I thought discussing religion was bad but this politico hate before was horrid.

And speaking of religion, WSJ had a nice op-ed piece on David Archuleta in today’s paper, “From American Idol to Mormon Missionary”. Archie will join more than 52,000 Mormon missionaries serving in 340 missions worldwide, according to WSJ. “80% of them are young men whpo begin serving at age 19…roughky a third of eligible younbg Mormon men elect to serve missions.”

“For Mr, Archuleta, age 21, life is about to change considerably. He’ll trade a life of stardom for the rigor of waking up at 6:30 every morning, studying scripture for a couple of hours, then working 10-hr days teaching interested people in their homes and taking on other community-service projects before falling into bed exhausted.”

Seth T.

December 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

Maybe this is the Wendy Taylor on the Idol auditions list. There appears to be a lot of re-trys from previous years as well.

youtube.com/watch?v=BLijzyaOJ1c

Mercedes S.

December 30th, 2011
10:50 pm

More on Archie’s new life, according to WSJ: “Missionaries serve on their own dime, swearing off dating, entertainment and even most internet activity.”

Memo to self: be nicer to Mormons next time they show up at home door…even if Archie is not among them.

JTesla

December 30th, 2011
10:56 pm

Will Archie serving his mission kind of be like Elvis in the Army?

Mercedes S.

December 31st, 2011
10:31 am

JT, did you know that Colin Powell was serving in Germany with Elvis?

Happy New Year, everybody!!

JTesla

December 31st, 2011
10:51 am

I didn’t know that. Thanks for the trivia information.

Happy New Year!

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Drunkie

December 31st, 2011
1:40 pm

No Green Day this year? Everytime they play its awsome on New Years.. Even last year it was taped but everyone going.. They have good energy and a fun band to drink too

Deirdre

December 31st, 2011
3:29 pm

Looking forward to the return of Idol along with the return of our favorite blogsters during the season.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

JTesla

December 31st, 2011
8:19 pm

“with the return of our favorite blogsters”

Wait, I’ve been here the whole time!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2011
8:41 pm

How about “our favorite absent blogsters”? Obviously we have favorite blogsters who stay.

You know what…we needed popcorn on the previous thread and we forgot!

JTesla

December 31st, 2011
9:03 pm

I was too busy rabble rousing.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2011
9:23 pm

And I attempted to escape……pathetic….I coulda been making popcorn!

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Robyn

December 31st, 2011
11:19 pm

Congrats and many thanks to Dick Clark for bringing in 40 years of New Year’s Rockin Eve! Although sad to say it would have only deem appropriate that Eddie Money would have been included in some way or another in Dick Clark’s count down and/or performance to the New Year. Literally, two men who have been blessed by doing what they love along with overcoming a stroke speaks volumes especially at this 40th milestone. And who better not to ask and perform “Where’s the Party” but ol Eddie Money!!!

Seth T.

January 1st, 2012
12:08 am

Played the early part from 8:30 to 9:30 — for a 3 band gig tonite, back home to let the 2012 roll-in

Looks like Baylie Brown is back on Idol this year ^^^^ thumbs-up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6hKOr1FAZE&feature=youtu.be

Highlander

January 1st, 2012
3:07 am

Happy New Year to all!

D., I remember a great bumper sticker that read. “The meek shall inherit the earth …if that’s okay with the rest of you.” :D

Regarding the last thread, there were wayyyy too many folks there who were incapable of having a real discussion or listening to any facts.

So I followed that old adage: “Never argue with idiots. They’ll just drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience!”

Good ‘hit’ count for RH, though!

Highlander

January 1st, 2012
3:24 am

Regarding THIS thread, I hope they kept Dick Clark inside a studio and not actually out in the Times Square weather. As I understand it, he is doing better but still isn’t 100% …and he IS 82 years old, for heaven’s sake!!

There have been years when we’ve decided to just stay home and quietly ring in the New Year with the TV shows …and avoid chancing the inevitable crazies at the clubs (you know, those who act as if it’s the only night of the year that they’ve been allowed out in public).

And there have been years when we’ve either had a little party or gone to a friend’s home for a party (where anyone who imbibes too much can just sleep over rather than drive home).

This year we joined some friends at a little bar and had a good time — not many crazies there, either! …Except us, maybe! :wink:

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Mercedes S.

January 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

January shows I’m looking forward to:
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Downton Abbey” (Jan 8, PBS)
“The Firm” (Jan 8, NBC)
“The Fades” (Jan 14, BBC)
“Alcatraz” (Jan 16, Fox)
“Southland” (Jan 17, TNT)
“AMERICAN IDOL” (Jan 18, Fox)
“Luck” (Jan 29, HBO)

Seth T.

January 1st, 2012
9:43 pm

I see that James Durbin married his girlfriend, Heidi Lowe, on New Years Eve. Casey, Haley and Stefano were present for a small, private wedding.

Seth T.

January 1st, 2012
10:44 pm

For Season 11 – age limits for Idol = must be 15 to 28 years old on June 26, 2011 (which means you must be born on or between June 27, 1982 and June 26, 1996). So, it would be possible to see a 29 year-old in the mix (that was 28 during the audition)

Participants are not supposed to have current record contracts, agents, merchandising agreements or other legal agreements that may give an outside entity any control or a piece of future rights.There are many cases where someone may have had a previous agreement of some type, now expired/cancelled/dropped, and /or have earned money from their talent – that would not exclude them.

As we know, not all of the contestants are beginners. Some, in fact, may have been in the business for some time, and/or won regional talent shows, etc.

Previous participation in former Idol seasons — ineligible if contestant reached these levels:
Season 1 – top 30 contestants
Season 2 – top 32 contestants
Season 3 – top 36 contestants
Season 4 – top 44 contestants
Season 5 – top 44 contestants
Season 6 – top 40 contestants
Season 7 – top 24 contestants
Season 8 – top 36 contestants
Season 9 – top 24 contestants
Season 10 – top 24 contestants

We will likely see some previous Hollywood Week people in the auditions this year, that didn’t make the levels above.

Deirdre

January 2nd, 2012
7:30 am

Morning!

I thought they had changed their upper age limit to 29 a few years ago. I know that Taylor Hicks was 29 on the show.

Deirdre

January 2nd, 2012
7:52 am

There’s a new spoiler source in Idol country. The following link will take you to a list of contestants who made it past Hollywood……they will be singing in Vegas. The theme in Vegas has changed from Michael Jackson songs to Songs from the 50’s.

http://theidolpad.blogspot.com/p/ai11-contestant-listing.html

Deirdre

January 2nd, 2012
7:56 am

This spoiler source also has an ego…assuming that the Vegas theme change was because they announced it. I’m more inclined to believe that the theme change means Idol didn’t want to imitate XF.

DanJ

January 2nd, 2012
8:27 am

Seth I watched the Wendy Taylor and Baylie Brown videos. Wendy has a good voice but her choice of or lack of clothing is not good. She looked liked a heavyset 80’s Madonna without the cones.I don’t usually comment on appearance but some things should never be worn. Tacky doesn’t even describe her costume. It’s one thing when you’re famous and you dress like trash, when you’re not famous and dress like that you come across as…pathetic. Just trying to get attention.

Baylie I remember, I liked her early on. Hopefully Simon was correct in the clip when he said her voice would be very good in a few years. I think she was too young at the time. She has the potential and she has the look to do well in the show.

Mercedes S.

January 2nd, 2012
8:41 am

Good Morning!

Six-page article in current New York Magazine about the Katharine McPhee TV-show “Smash” (opens Feb.) disappoints. Writer Jesse Green cares not for musicals (”Why do they have to sing”) and McPhee’s name is mentioned twice, once, to identify her in a photo, and twice as, oh yes, she plays the other “Marilyn”. All love goes to girl the mag considers the Main Marilyn, played by Megan Hilty, a Broadway veteran.

Deirdre

January 2nd, 2012
10:00 am

The guy probably hates Glee, too. “why do they have to sing”???????