New Year's Eve 2012 TV Specials to DVR (Because You Never Make It to Midnight)

new years eve times squareGot plans for New Year's Eve? Whether you've got a swank NYE party to attend, a casual get-together with friends, or you're just kickin' it tired parents-style at home in your pajamas, there's so many New Year's specials on TV you may want to set your DVR. How many of us make it 'till midnight, anyway?

Dick Clark used to own the airwaves on New Year's Eve, but now he's got company -- a rival celebration on NBC with Carson Daly, plus Demi Lovato hosting on MTV, and David Archuleta on Fox. Even Anderson Cooper is in on the fun (WHAT WHAT!). Check out our guide to New Year's Eve on the tube.


Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC

Dick Clark kicks off the night with his 40th Anniversary party followed by his New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Co-hosts include Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. Bachelor Ben Flajnic will be there and the show will feature performances by Florence & the Machine, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, the Band Perry, blink-182, OneRepublic, Gym Class Heroes, Talo Cruz,, and Christina Perri. Finaly, Lady Gaga will do the honors of dropping the ball at midnight.

MTV's NYE in NYC Celebration 11 p.m. ET

If you missed your chance to win a trip to NYC to celebrate with Selena Gomez you can still see her on this special hosted by Demi Lovato and "Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey. The special features musical acts by Jason Derulo, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and more. "Switched at Birth" stars Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclere will also appear. 

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 10:00 p.m. ET

Meanwhile, at Rockefeller Plaza, you can see Drake, Jessie J, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, The Roots, Tony Bennet, and "Smash" star Megan Hilty. There will also be a special comedy performance by Jimmy Fallon and NBC news anchor Brian Williams will give his review of 2011 music. NBC "Today" correspondent Amy Robach will bring live reports from Times Square and you'll get special NYE greetings from "Golden Globes" host Ricky Gervais and more.

New Year's Eve Live 11:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Nancy O'Dell hosts this bash featuring "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta, Travie McCoy, Brandy, and dance group Jabbawockeez. Mariah Carey will debut her new music video, "Auld Lang Syne."

All-American New Year 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox News

Are these celebrations not patriotic enough for you? Well, join co-hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer and more Fox News Channel correspondents, with performances by Rick Springfield, the Gin Blossoms, violinist David Garrett, Trace Adkins, and "American Idol" runner-up Katherine McPhee.

New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin 11:00 p.m. on CNN

Not to be outdone by Fox News, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin host this special together for the 4th time. Awkwardness will be celebrated: “Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” said Cooper “She continues to appear by my side on New Year’s Eve, so clearly no one is listening to me” Griffin adds, “By the time I'm done with him, Anderson's hair is going to be even more gray.  In fact, the night is going to be so wild, his hair is actually going to turn brown again."

What What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party 10:30 p.m. Bravo

Last but not least, Andy Cohen hosts this special with Jimmy Fallon, Jay Sean, and the Rent Is Too Damn High Party leader Jimmy McMillan. Cast members of the various "Real Housewives" shows will join the fun, and there will be a first-ever "wig drop" at midnight.

What are you doing New Year's Eve?


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