It’s New Year’s Eve and you’d rather stay home than brave the crowds at a party — fair enough. Luckily there are a handful of TV specials airing in the hours before midnight that should keep a homebody entertained until the ball drops to ring in 2010.
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are set to team up for their aptly named CNN show, “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.” The pair worked together last year and are set to be joined by Lance Bass for the broadcast, which takes place in Times Square and starts at 11 p.m. The show will also feature holiday messages from U.S. soldiers stationed abroad.
MTV News will have its own NYE special, “Top 9 of ’09.” The show kicks off at 11 p.m. on MTV and counts down the nine biggest stories of the year, everything from Michael Jackson to Eminem. Hosts will include Adrienne Bailon, the casts of “Jersey Shore” and “The Buried Life” and Shailene Woodley and Josie Loren from ABC Family.
“Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live” airs on Fox at 11 p.m., with Carmen Electra serving as host to musical acts like “American Idol” alums Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta. Sean Kingston is also set to perform at the show, which will feature archival clips from past Billboard Music Awards to take you on a trip down memory lane.
Carson Daly will host “NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly,” airing at 10 p.m. The special will include performances by Rihanna and Jay-Z as well as Green Day. The cast of “Hair” will also perform live from Times Square.
Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Keri Hilson, Selena Gomez, Colbie Caillat and Orianthi will all be on hand for Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Fergie. The show kicks off at 10 p.m. on ABC and will be live in both Las Vegas and New York City.
Join the stars of “Jersey Shore” and Adrienne Bailon for MTV News’ “Top 9 of ’09” — which counts down the year’s biggest stories, from Michael Jackson to Eminem and everything in between — airing New Year’s Eve at 11 p.m. on MTV.