TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve,” 10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 2:11 a.m., ET.,
This delivers both quantity – 14
music acts, sprawled over three hours and 41 minutes – and
Dick Clark, who invented this type of
special, will be live at Times Square with Ryan Seacrest, Jenny
McCarthy and some acts – Ke$ha, Taio Cruz and the Backstreet Boys
with the New Kids on the Block.
Intercut with that is a party taped in
Los Angeles. Fergie introduces Avril Levigne, Ne-Yo, Natasha
Bedingfield, Jennifer Hudson, Train, Mike Posner, La Roux, Drake,
Jason Derulo and Willow Smith.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: More New Year's
Eve, starting at 10, 10:30 and 11 p.m.
There are plenty of alternatives, so
switch channels and choose your performers. First, we'll list some
alternatives that have nothing to do with the holiday.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Monk,” 8
and 9 p.m., MyNetwork.
Still scrambling for an identity, this
network has nights of quiz shows (Tuesdays) and off-cable reruns
(“Burn Notice” on Wednesdays, “Monk” on Fridays). Tonight, it
starts with “Monk” at its best.
Viewers already know Adrian Monk is
fretful; now they learn he's the calm one. Ambrose Monk won't leave
his house; he phones his brother (for the first time in seven years)
to say he saw a murder.
John Turturro won an Emmy as Ambrose;
Tony Shalhoub was nominated for seven straight years (and won twice)
as Adrian. In tonight's second hour, he tries to crack the alibi of a
TV star (Billy Burke).
Other choices include:
– “Back to the Future” films,
10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., AMC. The wonderful original film (1985) airs at
10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.; its farily good sequels (1989,
1990) air at 1, 3:30, 8:30 and 11 p.m.
– “Rocky Balboa” (2006), 8-10
p.m., Fox. When he was 60, Sylvester Stallone cast himself (again) as
Rocky, trying one more title fight. That took a lot of audacity and a
lot of conditioning. Despite the strained plot, critics were fairly
pleased with this one, which Stallone also wrote and directed.
– “Wild Hogs” (2007), 8-10 p.m.,
ABC. Here are some more old guys acting young. Martin Lawrence, John
Travolta, Tim Allen and William H. Macy – ages ranging from 42 to
57 in the year this opened – play guys who kick dull lives and ride
off on their motorcycles. There are scattered moments of fun.
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a
rerun of last season's finale, with Gibbs heading into Mexico.
– “CSI:NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. Even
when he's recuperating, Mac ends up on a case. In this rerun, he
spots an exchange that leads to murder; he also meets his former
girlfriend (Claire Forlani).
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Erin – the assistant district attorney in a family of cops –
faces ethical questions in this rerun. Desperate to nail a gang
leader, she uses his law-abiding brother as bait.
– “New Year's Eve With Carson
Daly,” 10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 12:35 a.m., NBC. Daly
introduces music from My Chemical Romance, Nicki Minaj and the
“American Idiot” musical; he also talks to Bono and The Edge
about their songwriting for the Spider-Man musical.
– “New Year's Bash,” 10:30 p.m.
ET, MTV; repeats at midnight. The emphasis is on comedy with Nick
Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, host Whitney Cummings and the cast of “Jersey
Shore.” There's also music from Flo Rida, with Pauly D of “Jersey
Shore” as DJ.
– “Watch What Happens Live,”
10:30 p.m., Bravo; repeats at midnight. Some talkative folks will be
assembled, including “Real Housewives” stars, NBC comedians
(Jimmy Fallon, Kristin Wiig, Amy Sedaris), Rachel Maddow, Sandra
Bernhard and Megan McCain. The music is by Jay Sean.
– “New Year's Eve Live,” 11
p.m.to 12:30 a.m., Fox; live in ET, delayed in other zones. In Las
Vegas, Nancy O'Dell introduces David Archuleta, Travie McCoy, Plain
White T's and the Jabbawockeez dance crew. She also cuts to Times
Square and to the debut of Mariah Carey's “Auld Lang Syne” video.
– News coverage, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
CNN is hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, Fox news by Bill
Hemmer and Megyn Kelly; the latter has music by Katharine McPhee and