1) “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” 8-11 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 p.m. to 2:13 a.m., ABC. Here’s the plan Dick Clark created 47 years ago: Tape music in advance … put someone (now Ryan Seacrest) live at Times Square … then blend them. This year that adds live music from Times Square (BTS, shown here, plyus Post Malone, Sam Hunt and Alanis Morissette), Miami (Jonas Brothers) and New Orleans (Usher, Sheryl Crow). Ciara heads the taped party, with Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Green Day, Dan + Shea and more.
2) More New Year’s Eve. Also stationed at Times Square are Steve Harvey for Fox, Carson Daly for NBC and Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen for CNN. Fox (8-10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) has LL Cool J, Florida Georgia Line, Chainsmokers, Lumineers, Backstreet Boys and the new “Masked Singer” champion, Wayne Brady. On NBC (10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.), Daly has his “Voice”-mates, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, plus Keith Urban, Brett Eldridge, Ne-Yo and more.
3) Rose Parade, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. NBC. The parade goes back to 1890 – a dozen years before the birth of the Rose Bowl game. NBC has been doing color-coverage of it since 1954; ABC joined in ‘89, when it landed rights to the game. This time, there’s an Hispanic feel; the grand marshals are actresses Rita Moreno and Gina Torres and gymnast Laurie Hernandez; the 20 bands include ones from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rico and Puerto Rico. There are also 39 floats and 17 horse units.
4) Rose Bowl game, 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, ESPN. The Oregon Ducks (ranked No. 6) and Wisconsin Badgers (No. 8) collide, on a crowded day for ESPN. At 1 p.m., the Outback Bowl has Auburn (ranked No. 12) and Minnesota (No. 18). At 8:45 p.m., the Sugar Bowl has Georgia (No. 5) and Baylor (No. 7). And there’s even some competition from ABC, which is ESPN’s sister network. At 1 p.m., it has the Citrus Bowl with Alabama (ranked No. 13) and Michigan (No. 14). And there’s more, all week.
5) Golden Globe awards, 8-11 p.m. Sunday, NBC. Lately, we’ve had dreary, no-host moments from the Oscars (twice) and Emmys. Not here: Ricky Gervais – often outrageous, sometimes quite funny – hosts. Netflix has three drama-movie nominees – “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes” — facing “Joker” and “1917.” In fhe other categorym “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” pretends it’s a comedy, facing “Knives Out,” “Rocketman,” “Dolemite is My Name” and “Jojo Rabbit.”
6) “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” 9 p.m. and midnight ET Wednesday, CNN. After a cheery childhood – lots of music and horse-riding – Ronstadt surprised her family: After one semester of college, she moved to California. She went from folk to rock, classic ballads (with lush orchestra), an operetta and, reflecting her roots, Spanish-language songs. Her career was halted by a Parkinson’s-type ailment a decade ago, but Ronstadt, 73, has had a fascinating life. Here’s a well-crafted documentary.
7) “Last Man Standing” season-opener, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Fox. It’s been an odd ride for this comedy – six years on ABC … a one-year lay-off … a year on Fox … then another five months off. Along the way, “Last Man” has been fun butg inconsistent; here are examples. In the first episode, two of Mike’s daughter are feuding, while the third snipes from the sidelines; the story is contrived, but the dialog is clever. The second, with Jay Leno, is mostly quite lame. Still, it’s good to have “Man” back.
8) “Deputy” debut, 9 p.m. Thursday, Fox. There’s every reason to dislike “Deputy,” which strains all credibility. It has dialog that no human would utter; it has car chases, endangering bystanders, that no one (we hope) would try. Despite it all, this is oddly entertaining. Stephen Dorff plays a no-nonsense cop who who resists orders and snaps at his bosses. Then an obscure old rule suddenly makes him the Los Angeles County sheriff. There’s more shouting, more shooting and high-octane entertainment.
9) “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I.,” 8 and 9 p.m Friday, CBS. It’s a crossover episode, which is sort of logical for two Hawaiian-based action shows. In the first hour, a list of undercover CIA agents has been stolen; McGarrett asks Magnum to help get it back. Also, Higgins gives Tani some personal advice. In the second, Junior has been kidnapped. The CIA doesn’t want anyone interfering with getting the list back, so it rounds up most of the Five-0 people; Magnum links with Tani and Quinn.
10) Music, all week, PBS. First,PBS revisits its classical roots: At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic’s NewYear’s Eve concert (with soprano Katrina Lenk) celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim; many stations repeat it at 9:30. At 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Vienna Philharmonic has its New Year’s Day concert. At 9 p.m. Friday, PBS starts weekly reruns of Ken Burns’ wonderful “Country Music.” It begins with the recording sessions that found the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers.