Not everyone is headed out to brave the drunken masses and spend extra money to get into the places that were half the cost a week ago. Some actually favor a night at home, armed with champagne, surrounded by loved ones (or alone enjoying a moment of peace) while propped up on the couch in front of the television. For those of you living up the quiet life on the last night of 2011, here’s some TV picks that feature special musical performances to help you ring in the New Year:
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party
HOSTED BY: Jenny McCarthy and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas
FEATURED ACTS: A look back at the best performances from the popular New Year’s Eve show over the last 40 years.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2012
10pm-11pm, then after a break for local news, the show continues 11:30pm-1:08am
HOSTED BY: Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest
FEATURED ACTS: The Band Perry, Florence & The Machine, Hot Chelle Rae, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, will.i.am, Blink-182, Gym Class Heroes, Justine Bieber, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Taio Cruz
New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly
HOSTED BY: Carson Daly
FEATURED ACTS: Drake, Jessie J, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Megan Hilty, The Roots, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Fallon with Brian Williams, J.B. Smoove and Amy Robach.
American Country New Year’s Eve Live
HOSTED BY: Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars”, Rodney Carrington host from Las Vegas.
FEATURED ACTS: Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins. Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Toby Keith, and Howie Mandel.
Live From Lincoln Center
FEATURED ACTS: New York Philharmonic, music director, Alan Gilbert and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Features works by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
Austin City Limits: Coldplay New Year’s Eve
FEATURED ACTS: Coldplay, who will perform hits from their 2011 album “Mylo Xyloto.”
NYE in NYC 2012
HOSTED BY: Tyler Posey and Demi Lovato
FEATURED ACTS: Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, J. Cole and Mac Miller.
New Year’s Eve Live
HOSTED BY: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
OTHER NOTABLE PROGRAMMING:
Twilight Zone marathon
Begins 9am, ends Monday at 6am
Hours of episodes from the classic series which aired on CBS from 1959-1964 features acting turns by Robert Redford, Burgess Meredith, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Shelly Duvall, Buster Keaton, Charles Bronson and many more.
Three Stooges marathon
Begins 6pm, ends 6am on New Year’s Day
The Walking Dead marathon
Begins 11am Saturday, ends at 1am
Hell on Wheels marathon
Begins Sunday at 3pm, ends at 1am
South Park marathon
Begins 9pm, ends at midnight
Batman (1960s series) marathon
Begins 11pm, ends at 6am New Year’s Day
True Blood marathon
Begins 9:30pm, ends at 2:20am
Begins 9:30pm, ends at 1:30am