4 New Year’s Eve Specials to Ring in 2016
Pop the champagne and grab the remote control, because the hottest parties and performances this New Year’s Eve are right on your television. “Things always happen that are unpredictable, crazy, fun and moving,” says Ryan Seacrest, who once again hosts the ABC broadcast that has become an NYE staple, thanks to the late Dick Clark. “What makes every show special is the spontaneity of the night—whether it’s in performances or something that happens with spectators. And I’m always on the lookout for the romantic proposal!” Plan your night accordingly with this year’s lineup.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (8/7c, ABC)
A-list musical acts including Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood and One Direction join the unflappable Seacrest for the annual tradition of ringing in the holiday by watching the ball drop in Times Square.
Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (8/7c, Fox)
Mr. Worldwide heads home to Miami for the second consecutive year and welcomes teenage singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and Empire star Jussie Smollett—in a little bit of network synergy that was teased earlier this season on the hit Fox series—to his beachside bash. ¡Dale!
New Year’s Eve Live (9/8c, CNN)
Anchor Anderson Cooper and comedian Kathy Griffin join forces for a ninth time to engage in unscripted shenanigans—like when Griffin dyed Cooper’s silver hair pink last year—while riffing on pop-culture moments from 2015.
New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (11:30/10:30c, NBC)
The Peacock’s annual fete kicks off at 10/9c with a special celebrity game night hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen before The Voice’s emcee takes over and welcomes headliner Gwen Stefani. No word on whether Stefani’s beau, Blake Shelton, will join her for a midnight kiss.