Multi-talented comedian and sometime-actor Rodney Carrington will stay up late Saturday, Dec. 31, to serve as host for a New Year’s Eve celebration designed to ring in 2012 with flair for those country-music lovers whose favorite place to be is home.
Dubbed American Country New Year’s Eve Live, the broadcast will get under way on FOX-TV beginning at 11 p.m. and continue until 12:30 a.m. (ET). For those outside the ET zone, the live show will be a tape-delayed broadcast, which will also feature co-hosts Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of Pawn Stars, both of whom will help count down to 2012 during the year-end party that will boast some of country’s biggest and brightest stars.
Grammy-nominated country star Joe Nichols will join previously announced American Country New Year’s Eve Live performers Lauren Alaina and tractor-lovin’ Rodney Atkins to rock the Vegas strip.
Arkansas native Nichols has received many accolades and accomplishments throughout his career, including four No. 1 and eight top-10 singles. His stream of hits include chart-toppers such as “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” as well as “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters” and “I’ll Wait For You.” His sixth, and most recent album is titled It’s All Good.
The 2011 year-end festivities on FOX also will feature performances by Eli Young Band and Oklahoma-born hit-maker and fashion-creator Toby Keith. Additionally, Howie Mandel will make a special appearance to share his New Year’s resolution and offer a sneak peak of his upcoming Mobbed series of specials, airing Wednesdays, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 at 9-10 p.m. (ET/PT) on FOX.
About the show’s co-hosts
Rodney Carrington is a comedian, actor, singer and writer who has recorded eight comedy albums that have sold more than three million copies. His album titled Morning Wood has been certified gold and his Greatest Hits recently was certified platinum. Carrington starred for two seasons on his own TV sitcom, Rodney, and co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith, who took home this year’s ACA Artist of the Decade trophy, in the feature film, Beer for My Horses.
According to Pollstar, Carrington was one of the top-five highest-grossing touring comedians in the past five years, and he consistently has been in the top 10 during the past 10 years. He regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Canada.
Rick Harrison, who currently stars on Pawn Stars, is the owner-operator of Las Vegas’ World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a family business. Trained in the pawn business from the age of 13, Harrison was born a hustler. He dropped out of high school to sell fake handbags, and later, with enough money to partner with his father, he opened the Gold & Silver, where his son also works. Harrison is the author of “License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver.”
Austin “Chumlee” Russell stars on Pawn Stars, working at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop for the Harrison family. Having been around the shop since he was a kid, Chumlee’s heart of gold makes him a pro at customer service, and he always wants to give his patrons the best deal.
So for those country fans who can’t leave home to celebrate 2012, or for those who subscribe to the mantra that there’s truly no place like home, FOX-TV has you covered. Check local listings to confirm channels and showtimes.