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TV Celebrates the New Year

December 28, 2011 |  4:35 pm

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve

Television helps celebrate the new year with football, of course, movies, the traditional New Year's Eve specials and, on Sunday, the movie "2012" plus more specials and more football.



Football

 9 a.m., Saturday December 31, ESPN: Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl -- Northwestern vs. Texas A&M: From Houston. (N) (Live)

11 a.m., Saturday December 31, CBS: Hyundai Sun Bowl -- Georgia Tech vs. Utah: From El Paso, Texas. (N) (Live) 

12:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, ABC: AutoZone Liberty Bowl -- Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt: From Memphis, Tenn. (N) (Live) 

12:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, ESPN: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl -- Illinois vs. UCLA: From San Francisco. (N) (Live) 

4:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, ESPN: Chick-Fil-A Bowl -- Auburn vs. Virginia: From Atlanta. (N) (Live) 

“Down Home With the Neelys” 9 a.m., Saturday December 31, FOOD: New Year's Brunch : Cheddar and bacon biscuit fried egg sandwich; barbecued potato home fries; berry parfait; champagne cocktail.


“Live From Lincoln Center” 5 p.m., Saturday December 31, KOCE: Bernstein and Gershwin : The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Gala celebrates the music of 20th-century composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. With pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. (N)

“Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom” 5:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, KLCS: New Year's : Why the New Year begins on January 1; how noise keeps evil spirits away; why caviar is acceptable to eat on New Year's Eve but not New Year's Day.

“The Suze Orman Show” 6 p.m., Saturday December 31, CNBC: Ring in the Best Calls You've Never Heard! : A New Year's Eve bonanza of new calls; a Vegas stratosphere sky jump; a fitness ranch. (N)

“The Five” 6 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox News Channel: New Year's Special : A round-table ensemble of five rotating FOX News Channel personalities will discuss, debate and -- at times -- debunk news stories and controversies of the day. (N)

“2012: Countdown to Armageddon” 7 p.m., Saturday December 31, NGC: A Princeton geologist travels the globe to decipher an ancient Mayan prophecy that predicts the end of the world.

“Wheel of Fortune” 7:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, ABC: New Year's Eve From Las Vegas : Las Vegas.

“New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party” 8 p.m., Saturday December 31, ABC: Memorable clips of past New Year's Eve celebrations spotlight performances by popular artists. (N)

“New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” 8 p.m., Saturday December 31, CNN: (N)

“All American New Years” 8 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox News Channel: Performances by Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, and the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages. From Times Square in New York. (N)

“The Suze Orman Show” 9 p.m., Saturday December 31, CNBC: Ring in the Best Calls You've Never Heard! : A New Year's Eve bonanza of new calls; a Vegas stratosphere sky jump; a fitness ranch.

“New Year's Eve Live Coverage” 9:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, CNN: From Times Square in New York. (N)

“Red Eye New Year's Special” 9:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox News Channel: (N)

“NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly” 10 p.m., Saturday December 31, NBC: The countdown to 2012 begins in Times Square. (N) 

“Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012” 10 p.m., Saturday December 31, ABC: A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight and features special performances. (N) (N)

“The Five” 10 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox News Channel: New Year's Special : A round-table ensemble of five rotating FOX News Channel personalities will discuss, debate and -- at times -- debunk news stories and controversies of the day.

“American Country New Year's Eve Live” 11 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox: Ringing in 2012 with musical performances and a look at the year in review. (N) 

“Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special” 11 p.m., Saturday December 31, KOCE: Coldplay's New Year's Eve concert features songs from the new album, “Mylo Xyloto.” (N)

“New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” 11 p.m., Saturday December 31, CNN:

“All American New Years” 11 p.m., Saturday December 31, Fox News Channel: Performances by Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, and the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages. From Times Square in New York.

“NYE in NYC 2012” 11 p.m., Saturday December 31, MTV: (N)

“NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly” 11:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, NBC: The countdown to 2012 continues in Times Square. (N) 

“Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012” 11:30 p.m., Saturday December 31, ABC: A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight; Lady Gaga performs. (N)  

“NYE in NYC 2012” 12:05 a.m., Sat./Sun  December 31, 2011/ January 1, 2012,   MTV:

“New Year's Eve Live Coverage” 12:30 a.m., Sat./Sun  December 31, 2011/ January 1, 2012, CNN: From Times Square in New York.
 

“Red Eye New Year's Special” 12:30 a.m., Sat./Sun  December 31, 2011/ January 1, 2012, Fox News Channel:

“All American New Years” 1 a.m., Sat./Sun  December 31, 2011/ January 1, 2012, Fox News Channel: Performances by Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, and the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages. From Times Square in New York.

“Today” 6 a.m., Sunday January 1, NBC: New Year's celebrations across the world; resolutions; hangover remedies; holiday brunch; ice skating. (N)

“Movie: 2012” ** (2009) 8 a.m., Sunday January 1, Starz: (PG-13) John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A failed writer tries to lead his family to safety, as the world falls apart during a series of global cataclysms.

“Movie: 2012” ** (2009) 10:50 a.m., Sunday January 1, Starz: (PG-13) John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A failed writer tries to lead his family to safety, as the world falls apart during a series of global cataclysms.

“Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura” 11 a.m., Sunday January 1, TRU: Apocalypse 2012 : Jesse Ventura uncovers evidence that the government is preparing for an apocalypse by building underground bunkers to protect the elite while leaving everyone else to fend for themselves.

“Movie: 2012” ** (2009) 1:40 p.m., Sunday January 1, Starz: (PG-13) John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A failed writer tries to lead his family to safety, as the world falls apart during a series of global cataclysms.

“Great Performances” 3:30 p.m., Sunday January 1, KVCR: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012 : Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic; conducted by Mariss Jansons.

“Movie: 2012” ** (2009) 4:30 p.m., Sunday January 1, Starz: (PG-13) John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A failed writer tries to lead his family to safety, as the world falls apart during a series of global cataclysms.

“Great Performances” 6 p.m., Sunday January 1, KOCE: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012 : Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic; conducted by Mariss Jansons. (N)

“Movie: 2012” ** (2009) 7:20 p.m., Sunday January 1, Starz: (PG-13) John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A failed writer tries to lead his family to safety, as the world falls apart during a series of global cataclysms.

“Apocalypse 2012” 8 p.m., Sunday January 1, CNBC: Fascinating people around the world discover their own ways to protect themselves from what they believe is coming on December 21, 2012.

“Top New Year's Movies” 11 p.m., Sunday January 1, REELZ: REELZ channel's top New Year's movies.

“College Football” 12:30 a.m., Sunday January 1, ESPN - : Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl -- Illinois vs. UCLA : From San Francisco.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Dick Clark on New Year's Eve, 1998 Credit: Donna Svennevik / ABC

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