New Years Eve TV Specials and How to Watch Them


Another year, another rush of New Years Eve programs on the horizon as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

As 2022 approaches, many choose to stay on Friday night to avoid catching the highly contagious variant of Omicron that is spreading around the world. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the vacation from home thanks to a number of festive TV specials that air on NBC, CBS, ABC, and other networks.

Viewing options include CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live and ABC’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve, both hosted by New York’s annual celebration in Times Square. The New York celebrations continue but have been scaled back over Omicron to limit the number of people who can see the ball fall at midnight.

Also affected by Omicron is Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022”, which was supposed to take place in New York with performances by Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Billy Idol, Pink and Trace Adkins. Last week the network canceled the show that would have been hosted by actors Ken Jeong and Joel McHale because of the recent surge in the coronavirus.

For the most part, however, New Years Eve celebrations seem to be making headway on the small screen. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going where and when on the West Coast.

“New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen”

Where: CNN
When: 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
What: The longtime friends and TV hosts will reunite for the fifth time to anchor CNN’s premier New Year’s Eve coverage from New York City, with additional shows from Las Vegas, Key West, Florida, Puerto Rico and Minneapolis. Earlier this week, Cohen reportedly promised a fan on Instagram that he would “get” [Cooper] drunk like my life depended on it, ”so the audience should have a fun night.

The show will also feature celebrity appearances and appearances by Katy Perry, William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Duran Duran, Amanda Gorman, Patti LuPone, David Arquette, Leslie Jordan, Cheri Oteri, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Singer Katy Perry will appear on CNN’s New Years Eve special.

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“All American New Year”

Where: Fox News Channel
When: 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
What: Hosted by Fox & Friends Weekend co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Rachel Campos-Duffy, the Fox News New Year’s Eve spectacle will include a line dance competition, a Times Square scavenger hunt and stand-up comedy and dispatches from Nashville, New Orleans, Charleston, SC, and Tampa Bay, Florida. Also appearances by Trace Adkins, Eddie Montgomery, Sister Hazel and Lindsay Ell.

“Great performances at the Met”

Where: PBS SoCal
When: 19:30 o’clock
What: The Metropolitan Opera is hosting a New Years Eve Gala with performances by Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani.

‘2021: It’s Toast!’

Where: ABC
When: 8 p.m.
What: Today show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager will lead NBC’s New Years Eve coverage, with appearances and appearances by Michael Bublé, Amber Ruffin, Lisa Vanderpump and others.

“New Years Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash”

Where: KCBS
When: 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
What: Hosted by Radio Emcee Bobby Bones and TV reporter Rachel Smith, Nashville’s Big Bash will feature performances by a number of country stars including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown Band.

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Country star Darius Rucker will appear on New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

‘Dick Clark’s Primetime New Years Eve Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 ‘

Where: KABC
When: 8 a.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
What: American Idol and radio host will be hosting ABC’s New Year celebrations from New York City. However, most of the appearances will be in Los Angeles: AJR, Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, D-Nice, Don Omar and Nio Garcia, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windser, Mae Muller , MÃ¥neskin, Masked Wolf, One Republic, Polo G and Walker Hayes are all in the LA lineup.

Journey and Karol G will perform from New York, while Billy Porter will take the stage in New Orleans and Daddy Yankee will play in Puerto Rico. LL Cool J, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, and Chloë will no longer be on the show.

“Countdown to New Years Eve 2022 live”

Where: KTLA
When: 8:58 pm
What: KTLA anchors will usher in the new year from Las Vegas.

“United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream”

Where: PBS SoCal
When: 21 clock
What: Broadway legend Chita Rivera will host a New Year’s Eve concert from Philadelphia Independence Hall. Performers are Delbert Anderson, Jencarlos Canela, Judy Collins, Midori, Sandi Patty, Lea Salonga, Paulo Szot, the Washington Ballet and the American Pops Orchestra.

A man in a black cap with a microphone

Rapper Daddy Yankee will appear in Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve.

(Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times)

“CNN New Year’s Eve Live with Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota”

Where: CNN
When: 9:30 p.m.
What: After Cohen and Cooper’s extravaganza in Times Square, CNN colleagues will replace Lemon and Camerota with the help of comedian Dulcé Sloan from New Orleans.

“Miley’s New Years Eve Party hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson”

Where: KNBC and peacock
When: 10:30 p.m.
What: The singer and the “Saturday Night Live” star host NBC’s New Year’s Eve party from Miami. Actors are Brandi Carlile, Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, Kitty Cash and “more surprises to come”.


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