New Year's Eve 2013: From 'The Walking Dead' to Ryan Seacrest, a TV round-up of what to watch
"The Walking Dead"Â marathon (Tuesday, Dec. 31, AMC): You say you want zombies to help you end one year and start the next? Obviously, you need look no further. All four seasons to date will be shown in their entirety, continuing through New Year's Day.
"The Twilight Zone"Â marathon (Tuesday, Syfy): A festival of episodes ofÂ Rod Serling'sÂ classic fantasy-suspense anthology has been a TV indicator of the new year for quite some time, and it remains in place.
"New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music"Â (Tuesday, ABC): Thanks to Dick Clark Productions' extensive archive of performances fromÂ "American Bandstand"Â and past New Year's Eve specials, it'll be easy for this show's staff to gather clips of the ladies on the list.
"Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma"Â (Tuesday, PBS; check local listings): The cello master joins the orchestra for a celebration recorded in September and featuring Ravel's "Bolero";Â Audra McDonaldÂ hosts.
"That's Entertainment!"Â (Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies): It's become a tradition for the channel to mark New Year's Eve with the hugely enjoyable 1974 compilation of scenes from MGM musicals, and it does so again. Principal TCM hostÂ Robert OsborneÂ also introduces the two sequels andÂ "That's Dancing!"
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2014 With Ryan Seacrest" (Tuesday, ABC): In its second year since the passing of its founder, this staple of New Year's Eve viewing continues with Seacrest still carrying the mantle ... andÂ Jenny McCarthyÂ andÂ FergieÂ returning as co-hosts. Artists includingÂ Robin Thicke, Jennifer HudsonÂ andÂ Jason DeruloÂ start the festivities in prime time; as usual, those resume in late-night. Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel (in segments from his New Year's Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.) and MacklemoreÂ &Â Ryan Lewis also are on the bill.
"NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly"Â (Tuesday, NBC): Just as the Seacrest-hosted event does, Daly begins the celebration in prime time and carries it past stations' late local news. Jane Lynch co-hosts, and Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are among the music stars on board.
"All-American New Year"Â (Tuesday, Fox News Channel): WithÂ Megyn KellyÂ now holding down a primetime hour withÂ "The Kelly File," Bill HemmerÂ gets a new co-host in Times Square --Â Elisabeth HasselbeckÂ ( "Fox & Friends")Â -- asÂ Rodney Atkins, Blues TravelerÂ andÂ Susan BoyleÂ perform musically. Also, the hosts are slated to interviewÂ Willie and Korie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty."Â
"New Year's Eve With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin"Â (Tuesday, CNN): How will GriffinÂ mortifyÂ CooperÂ this time? You just know she'll find a way as they share hosting duties in New York's Times Square for the seventh consecutive year.