Music on TV This Week: Live From Daryl's House

New Year's Eve has always seemed to suffer from inflated expectations -- so much pressure on 'blowing out' the past year to welcome in the new. For those either stuck at home or taking the event in stride with more tempered expectations, there are plenty of options on TV this year to play in the background during your New Year's Eve Bridge Tournament Blowout 2011! (or whatever you're calling it).Top of the list is the surprisingly successful monthly web series from Hall & Oate's Daryl Hall, Live from Daryl's House, which is crossing over to TV on Chicago's WGN. For the New Year's Eve special, Hall is culling together a best of from the critically acclaimed series, featuring collaborations with artists like his old buddy John Oates, legends Todd Rundgren, Smokey Robinson, Toots & the Maytals and even some younger artists like Neon Trees and Sharon Jones. Hall likens his show to a sort of response to the Elvis Costello-hosted Spectacle, a show frequently featured in this space. Said Hall recently, “I love Elvis, but his show is more like Inside the Actors Studio. My show is the exact opposite of that. There’s no audience, and it’s balls-to-the-wall craziness and chaos.” WGN will be airing the special from 11:00PM-1:00AM (EST), and if it goes well, the series may make the move to television a more permanent thing.Your other musical options for the evening vary enough to satisfy just about any party-at-home's taste. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, may have the more interesting lineup this year, featuring performances from Lil' Wayne and the very hot Nicki Minaj while Daly interviews Bono and The Edge about their experience on Broadway with the calamity that is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve with Ryan Seacrest spices things up a bit with Ke$ha, Drake, Far*East Movement, Mike Posner and Avril Lavigne. MTV will play it for laughs and/or spectacle, with potty-mouthed comedienne Whitney Cummings hosting a countdown with Snooki inside the ball this year and the rest of the cast of Jersey Shore running around Times Square. Speaking of spectacle, HBO will be running the Bette Midler special The Showgirl Must Go On. Elsewhere this week, the winter of Paul McCartney appreciation continues with this year's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. McCartney is honored for lifetime achievement in the arts with fellow singer/songwriter Merle Haggard, along with Oprah Winfrey, Broadway composer Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Hello Dolly!), and dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. Artists performing tributes to McCartney include Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl (a big Wings fan), No Doubt and, a surprising highlight of the night, Steven Tyler doing an electrifying rendition of tracks from The Beatles' Abbey Road. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crowe and Norah Jones highlight Merle Haggard's tribute.Finally, power pop legends Cheap Trick has been playing the rock for over 36 years now, finally garnering them a performance on the PBS concert staple Austin City Limits. The Rockford, IL quartet's 12 song set list features nearly all their hits, including favorites "Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me." Absent is longtime drummer Bun E. Carlos, who is still in the band but taking a break as the touring drummer -- the sticks remain in the family with guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Dax beating the skins as his temporary replacement. It's not a bad way to start 2011, really, repeating the Cheap Trick mantra of, "We're all alright, we're all alright."Picks for the week

Monday, December 27

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Temper Trap (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Ra Ra Riot (REPEAT)

FUEL: The Daily Habit:

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jonny Lang (REPEAT)

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Japandroids (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Soundgarden (REPEAT)

Tuesday, December 28

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Diddy (REPEAT)

CBS: Kennedy Center Honors: Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, No Doubt
, James Taylor

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Annie Lenox (REPEAT)

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Menomena (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Pink, Rascal Flatts (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Ne-Yo (REPEAT)

Wednesday, December 29

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Little Big Town (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Florence and the Machine (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Robyn (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Paul McCartney (REPEAT)

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: City and Colour (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Reggie Watts (REPEAT)

Thursday, December 30

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Crystal Castles (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: John Mellencamp (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Toots & the Maytals (REPEAT)

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Los Campesinos! (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: KT Tunstall (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: The 88 (REPEAT)

Friday, December 31

ABC: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011: La Roux, Drake, Ke$ha, Mike Posner, Avril Lavigne, Far⋆East Movement

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rihanna (REPEAT)

HBO: Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On: Bette Midler

MTV: MTV's New Year's Bash 2011: Whitney Cummings, Flo Rida

NBC: New Year's Eve with Carson Daly: Lil' Wayne, Nicki Minaj, My Chemical Romance, U2

WGN: Live From Daryl's House: Hall & Oates, Toots & the Maytals, Todd Rundgren, Sharon Jones, Rob Thomas, Neon Trees, Train, Smokey Robinson, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Jose Feliciano

Saturday, January 1

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Eliza Doolittle

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Rihanna (REPEAT)

PBS: Austin City Limits: Cheap Trickdrake lelane

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