Are you staying in for New Years Eve 2021? Here’s a guide to New Year’s Eve television specials on broadcast TV. Each network is airing a New Years Eve program. Except for FOX, who cancelled their New Years Eve Toast and Roast amid the rising spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant (Kind of ironic that only FOX is nixing their special due to Covid, Hm.) Ken Jeong and Joel McHale were due to host.
But everything else is on, although the New Years celebration at Times Square in New York City has been scaled back, and several celebrities set to perform have dropped out due to testing positive for the virus.
Here are the deets:
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 – ABC
The mother of all New Year’s shows is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Whoop whoop. The show sets the stage to ring in the new year with more than five and a half hours of dynamic performances airing until 2:00 a.m. EST and gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe.
The lineup also includes American Idol judge Ryan Seacrest in Times Square with first-time co-host Liza Koshy, co-host Ciara from the L.A. Party, co-host Billy Porter from New Orleans, and co-host Roselyn Sanchez leading the festivities in Puerto Rico.
Times Square will see performances from Ashanti & Ja Rule and Journey. (Positive COVID-19 tests forced LL Cool J and Chloe to drop out.) New Orleans co-host Billy Porter will perform his new hit single. While Daddy Yankee will give a special hometown performance in Puerto Rico.
Los Angeles performers include AJR and duo Daisy The Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi with Sleepy Brown, Don Omar with Nio Garcia, French Montana, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Windser, Måneskin, Mae Muller, Polo G, Masked Wolf, OneRepublic, and Walker Hayes.
POWERBALL correspondent Jessie James Decker will announce the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year” live from New York just after midnight.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’?Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022” Airs Live Friday, Dec. 31, Beginning at 8/7c on ABC. Five and a half hours of music, with a break for local news, will end at 2 am.
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party – NBC
OOPSY DOODLE. NBC tossed Carson Daly and his The Voice adjacent team to hand the New Year’s Eve reins over to SNL veteran Lorne Michaels. Carson’s involvement with NBC’s New Year’s Eve party goes back to the aughts when he was known for that Late Late Late show that nobody watched. The idea, probably, is to attract a younger audience than NY Rockin’ Eve. Check out the details below.
The special will air live on NBC from Miami and will be hosted by Miley Cyrus and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. Musical guests include: Brandi Carlile, Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party airs Friday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will also be live-streamed on Peacock.???????
New Year’s Live: Nashville’s Big Bash – CBS
Former (probably!) American Idol mentor and radio and TV personality Bobby Bones will host the CBS special New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash live from Music City Nashville. Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith will co-host.
Musical guests include: Lady A, Ingrid Andress, BRELAND, King Calaway, Riley Green, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Cole Swindell. (Zac Brown Band dropped out due to COVID-19 related issues.)
The five-hour broadcast will feature more than 50 back-to-back performances and cross multiple time zones, live from Nashville will count down with the East Coast at midnight and keep the party going through midnight Central Time with the city’s renowned Music Note Drop®.
New Year’s Live: Nashville’s Big Bash airs Friday, Dec. 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream – PBS
Join host Chita Rivera for a concert taped at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Featuring singing show favs David Archuleta and Cassadee Pope, plus Delbert Anderson, Jencarlos Canela, Judy Collins, Midori, Sandi Patty, Lea Salonga, Paulo Szot, the Washington Ballet, the American Pops Orchestra and more.
Check your local listings for stations and broadcast times.