Cheers to the New Year!

Cheers to the New Year!

Here's a roundup of all the major New Year’s TV specials

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Not everyone likes to go out on New Year’s Eve, some of us are perfectly fine staying home in sweatpants, eating junk food and watching the various TV specials broadcasting the big ball drop in Times Square. There are familiar favorites, new duos and streaming comedies on tap this year, so if you’re not ready for crowds, no worries, we’ve got you covered. This is our roundup of New Year’s Eve TV specials.

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Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 8 pm - ABC

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 8 pm - ABC

Host: Ryan Seacrest

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For the show’s 50th anniversary, Ryan Seacrest is back in the Times Square studio, Liza Koshy is in Times Square, Billy Porter once again hosts from New Orleans, Ciara is back to host the LA segments with DJ D-Nice. Roselyn Sanchez hosts the first ever Spanish language countdown from Puerto Rico with a performance from Daddy Yankee.

Hip-hop legend LL Cool J will perform the pre-midnight set in Times Square, while Billy Porter belts out a medley on the riverboat Louis Armstrong on the Mississippi River in the French Quarter. Karol G, Journey and Chlöe are also set as part of the Manhattan broadcast.

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Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson 10:30 pm-12:30am - NBC

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson 10:30 pm-12:30am - NBC

Hosts: Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson host the special from Miami. Guests include Brandi Carlile, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h and other surprises. We also assume Miley will sing at least a couple of hits. It’s also streaming on Peacock.

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New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash 8 pm - CBS

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash 8 pm - CBS

Hosts: Bobby Bones and Rachel Smith

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CBS takes New Year’s Eve country with a celebration from Nashville featuring performances from Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band. Lady A, Ingrid Andress, BRELAND, King Calaway, Riley Green, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and Lainey Wilson.

The show includes more than 50 performances across multiple time zones with an east coast midnight celebration and a central time countdown featuring the Music Note Drop®.

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CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live

Host: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

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Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen host in Times Square. At 12:30 am ET Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan take over hosting duties from New Orleans. It’s not really New Year’s Eve until we get drunk Don Lemon in New Orleans.

There will be guest appearances by William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Duran Duran, Amanda Gorman, Patti LuPone, David Arquette, Leslie Jordan, Cheri Oteri and Katy Perry performing from her Las Vegas residency PLAY at Resorts World.

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Yearly Departed - Dec. 23 - Amazon Prime Video

Yearly Departed - Dec. 23 - Amazon Prime Video

Host: Yvonne Orji

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With appearances from Jane Fonda, Megan Stalter, Aparna Nancherla, Dulcé Sloan, X Mayo, and Chelsea Peretti, Yearly Departed is “a raucous, celebratory farewell to” 2021. There’s also a special performance from Alessia Cara.

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2021 And Done With Snoop Dogg & Kevin Hart - Dec. 28 - Peacock

2021 And Done With Snoop Dogg & Kevin Hart - Dec. 28 - Peacock

The special is “an edgy, insightful and hilarious retrospective of a year that began with so much promise, but mostly turned into a sequel of the sh*t show that was 2020.” A continuation of the duo’s Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart & Snoop Dogg, they “will give their unfiltered takes on everything from politics to pop culture to social media to sports and even space billionaires.”

The special features guest appearances from Mark Cuban, DJ D-Nice, DL Hughley, Loni Love, Killer Mike, William Shatner, Stephen A. Smith and Michael Strahan.

Side note: I left out Fox News, because it’s all kinds of sad and you’re not going to watch anyway.

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