TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve,” 8-10 p.m.,
10-11 p.m., 11:29 p.m. to 2:11 a.m., ABC.
Dick Clark came up with the idea back in 1972: Record a rock
party in advance; then be at Times Square and weave it into one big,
Now, 41 years later, it’s a marathon. The first two hours
views “The 30 Greatest Women in Music,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy
and Fergie. Then Seacrest and McCarthy take the late Clark’s duties at Times Square,
with Billy Joel performing live in Brooklyn; Fergie hosts the pre-taped party.
That one overflows with stars -- Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus,
Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Daughtry, Florida Georgia Line, Blondie, The
Fray, Fall Out Boy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: More New Year’s Eve.
For more music, you can switch to NBC (10-11 p.m., 11:30
p.m. to 12:30 a.m.), where Carson Daly is expected to have to “Voice” champions
Cassadee Pope and Tessanne Chin, plus Train. Or to Fox (11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.),
where Mario Lopez has J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic at the Disco.
And for general commotion, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
again host on CNN; that’s from 9 p.m. ET to 12:30 a.m.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Walking Dead” marathon, 9 a.m.,
It’s always fun to see in the new year with zombies, so
here’s a 43-hour marathon. It starts at 9 a.m. with a cop emerging from a coma
to find the world overrun by the undead.
And for variety? At 8 p.m., switch to HBO for “Warm Bodies”
(2013), a movie about … well, more zombies.
Other choices include:
Football, all day. Warming up for Wednesday’s bowl marathon,
we get one bowl on CBS – Virginia Tech (8-4) and UCLA (9-3) at 2 p.m. ET – and three
on ESPN. ESPN starts with Arizona and Boston (each 7-5) at 12:30 p.m. ET; it
has Rice (9-3) and Mississippi State (6-6) at 4 p.m. and Duke (10-3) and Texas
A&M (8-4) at 8.
“Finding Nemo,” (2003), 7:15 p.m., Starz. It’s a great night
for watching or recording great Pixar animated films. The Disney Channel has more,
with “Up” (2009) at 8:30 p.m. and “Wall-E” (2008) at 10:15.
The “iHeartRadio Music Festival,” 8-10 p.m., CW. Think of
this rerun as a warm-up for the tonight’s specials. It has big-name acts
(Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw), one-name acts
(Ke$ha, Drake, Miguel) and groups (Maroon 5, 30 Seconds to Mars).
“Year End News in Review,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The network waits
to the final moments to sum up 2013.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a Marine’s car accident
triggers Abby’s memory of a “case” she worked on when she was a kid.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. Kensi faces some fresh
emotions, when monitoring Deeks’ undercover assignment, which brings him close
to a female source.