Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What to watch on New Year's Eve

So you're staying home on New Year's Eve. Don't worry, there are plenty of entertainment choices for you:

NBC: "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" starts early at 10 PM, and then returns after the local news at 11:30 PM. The late show will be in high definition (yay!). Carson's guests include 50 Cent, Katy Perry and Ludacris, along with Saturday "Today" co-anchor Amy Robach giving live reports from Times Square, and NBC News correspondent Luke Russert. If you can't get enough Carson, an October rerun with guests Rich Eisen, Bobb'e J. Thompson and The Knux will air in Daly's regular 1:35 AM time slot.

ABC: "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2009" also begins at 10 PM. Along with hosts Clark and Seacrest, there will be performances by Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Solange, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke. Black Eyed Pea Fergie will be the show's Hollywood correspondent.

FOX: Tired of Times Square? Check out "New Year's Eve Live" (11 PM), a Las Vegas-based show featuring Daughtry, "American Idol" David Cook, Scott Weiland and Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with stunts by daredevil Robbie Knievel. The show will be hosted by Spike Feresten and Mark Thompson, with special correspondent Chrissy Russo. The broadcast will include behind-the-scenes looks at three Cirque du Soleil Vegas extravaganzas: "Zumanity," "The Beatles LOVE" and "Criss Angel: Believe."

ESPN: And now for something completely different: "Red Bull: New Year. No Limits," in which Rhys Millen will attempt to backflip an off-road truck. The show will begin after the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approximately 11 PM).

MTV: "A Miley New Year's Eve" at 10 PM features the tween superstar along with The Veronicas, All Time Low, The Academy Is and Kevin Rudolph.

Disney Channel: If your parents will let you stay up late, "Totally New Year" will be hosted by "Wizards of Waverly Place" cast members. The show runs from 5 PM (!) to midnight.

CNN: "Anderson Cooper 360" will ring in the new year at 11 PM with Kathy Griffin and correspondents all over the world.

PBS: "Live from Lincoln Center" (check local listings) has Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

FOX News Channel: UParty 2008, with hosts Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly live from Times Square, kicks off at 10 PM. They promise an "interactive broadcast" with opportunities for viewers to send theier own text messages.

If you flip over to CBS, don't expect David Letterman to be wishing you a happy new year; Dave is probably at his villa in St. Barts. The network will be airing a November rerun with Emma Thompson and Prince tribute band Purple Reign.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Champion Drifter Releases New DVD On Eve of Historic Stunt

    Drifting World Champion Rhys Millen to Release Special Edition DVD to Coincide With Highly Anticipated New Years Eve Truck Backflip Stunt


    Dec 30, 2008 -- Los Angeles, Calif. -- On the verge of his follow up attempt to become the first person to complete and land a backflip in an off-road truck at the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits New Year’s Eve Special Event at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, motor sports phenomenon and professional stunt driver Rhys Millen, winner of the 2005 Formula D Championship and the 2008 Red Bull Drifting World Championship will release the Special Edition DVD Mad Skills: Rhys Millen Is the Kiwi Drifter. A documentary chronicling the final week leading up to Millen's 2005 victory in the early days of professional drifting in the US, the film explores the personalities, friendships and competitive rivalries between Millen and top drivers Tanner Foust and Samuel Hubinette. Featuring appearances by Rhys' father, legendary stock car driver Rod Millen, KTLA reporter Gayle Anderson and an All-Star lineup of professional drifters from across the globe, the film is a must-own for any action sports enthusiast.

    "I encourage all my fans to get a copy of my new DVD Mad Skills. It's great to see the GTO in action and relive the behind scenes drama that led up to my Formula Drift championship" said Millen.

    Mad Skills is produced by NoCo Media Group and directed by award winning filmmaker Carolyn Coal.

    For more information and to order a copy of the DVD visit www.madskillsdvd.com

    View the extended trailer at online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3Djx5rALw

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    About NoCo Media Group:

    NoCo Media Group is an entertainment marketing and production company specializing in the use of immersive storytelling to create compelling campaigns for its roster of clients and partners. The company recently completed the documentary feature films A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square and Mad Skills and has numerous non-fiction and scripted projects in active development for 2009.

    Contact Carolyn Coal at info@nocomediagroup.com