Friday TV Highlights: 'Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On' on HBO
REAL TROUPER: The singer-actress takes to the stage in Las Vegas in the new special “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Live From Lincoln Center: Classical pianist Lang Lang joins forces with the New York Philharmonic in this special New Year’s Eve concert (10 p.m. KCET).
Tom Arnold: That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It: The comedian performs in this new stand-up special (9 p.m. Showtime).
NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly: The talk-show host helms the annual countdown (10 and 11:30 p.m. NBC).
Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011: Kesha, Willow Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake and Natasha Bedingfield are among the scheduled performers (10 and 11:30 p.m. ABC).
New Year’s Eve Live: Nancy O’Dell hosts (11 p.m. Fox).
106 & Party: New Year’s Eve Special 2010: A host of hip-hop and R&B stars will be dropping by for the party (11 p.m. BET).
Animal Crackers: A Marx Brothers marathon kicks off with this super-silly 1930 romp (5 p.m. TCM).
The Long Kiss Goodnight: Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson star in this underrated 1996 actioner (8 p.m. Encore).
College football: Clemson faces South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl (9 a.m. ESPN); Miami meets Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl (11 a.m. CBS); Central Florida plays Georgia in the Liberty Bowl (12:30 p.m. ESPN); and Florida State takes on South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (4:30 p.m. ESPN).
Basketball: The Nets battle the Bulls (Noon WGN America) and the Lakers host the 76ers (7:30 p.m. FSN).
College basketball: The Bruins welcome Washington (1 p.m. FS Prime) and the Trojans host Washington State (3 p.m. FSN).
Hockey: The Ducks welcome the Flyers (5 p.m. FS Prime) and the Coyotes visit the Blues (5:30 p.m. VS).
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