New Year’s Eve 2013 TV Viewing Guide

nye-seacrest-mccarthysmallStaying in for New Year’s Eve? I am absolutely with you.

First of all, I’ve had this cold that’s been going around, so this is the perfect excuse to check out of all frenetic year-end activities.

Honestly, though, even if I were feeling up to it, I’ve checked out of most fancy New Year’s Eve activities in the past several years. It just got to be too much — too much money, too cold, too much driving around, and the truth is it’s just as nice to ring in the next year from the comfort of home with the people I love.

Most of us who are home or out at a friend’s party, or even in a fancy restaurant or bar, may check in with the standby TV shows, especially ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, right? Dick may have left us, but Ryan Seacrest carries on in his place, this year with co-host Jenny McCarthy. I tend to flip between Rockin’ Eve and CNN with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, because you truly can’t get that once-a-year comedy duo anywhere else.

This year, though, your TV programmers are offering up a full day of riches. This includes marathons of Walking Dead and The Mindy Project, a House of Lies improv special that sounds very cool over on Showtime, an ’80s documentary on National Geographic Channel that I already have scheduled in my DVR, and a chance to catch famed cellist Yo Yo Ma with the New York Philharmonic on PBS.

Go out why again? I really don’t know.

We’ve gathered up the highlights from New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day programming, for your scheduling pleasure. Even if you do go out, there’s plenty here to catch before and after. And if you don’t? I raise my glass from my couch to yours. May your 2014 be as entertaining as you hope it to be.

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  • The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us Marathon, National Geographic Channel 2 of 17
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    This "global mega-doc tells the story of the '80s like never before," says National Geographic Channel of The '80s: The Decade That Made Us. It airs New Year's Eve beginning at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 a.m. January 1. From solving the Rubik's Cube to  the boombox explosion, no pop culture stone is left unturned. 

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  • The Walking Dead Marathon, AMC 3 of 17
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    The complete Walking Dead marathon begins on AMC at 9 a.m. ET on New Year's Eve, and ends at 5 a.m. ET on January 2. If you have nowhere to be until Thursday or a lot of space on your DVR, this could be a good time to catch up on episodes you missed, or, well, the entire series. 

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  • The Mindy Project Marathon, Bravo 4 of 17
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    The full second season of The Mindy Project runs starting New Year's Eve at 11 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET. 

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  • Austin & Jessie & Ally’s All Star New Year, Disney Channel 5 of 17
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    Kick the New Year's Eve celebration off early with Austin & Jessie & Ally's All Star New Year on the Disney Channel from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on New Year's Eve.

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  • Happy Endings Marathon, VH1 6 of 17
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    The Happy Endings marathon begins at 8 p.m. ET New Year's Eve on VH1, and runs through midnight, January 1. 

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  • A Toast to 2013 | 8 p.m. on NBC 7 of 17
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    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb look back at the biggest stories of the year on A Toast to 2013, airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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  • Live From Lincoln Center: The New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo Yo Ma | 8 p.m. on PBS 8 of 17
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    If your at-home party could use a little more of a classical feel, the New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala Concert, featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma, will air on PBS at 8 p.m. ET. 

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  • New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music | 8 p.m. on ABC 9 of 17
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    New Year's starts rockin' early this year on ABC, with Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and Fergie hosting New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music, a look at the 30 greatest women in rock, featuring interviews and clips from the Dick Clark archives. 

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory | 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family 10 of 17
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    Want to catch your kids up with the original film interpretation of Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, featuring Gene Wilder as candy master Wonka, is on ABC Family at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

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  • CNN’s New Year’s Eve | 9 p.m. on CNN 11 of 17
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    Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for CNN's New Year's Eve, beginning at 9 p.m. ET and running until 12:30 a.m. on January 1. Use the hashtag #CNNNYE on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for a chance to see your message on the air. 

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  • All-American New Year’s Eve | 9:30 p.m. on Fox News 12 of 17
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    The pre-show starts at 9:30 p.m. ET for Fox News's All-American New Year's Eve, with the main event at 11 p.m. ET hosted by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer. Guests include Richard Simmons, Larry King, Charles Krauthammer, and Willie and Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, with musical performances by Susan Boyle and Rodney Atkins. 

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  • House of Lies Improv Special | 10 p.m. on Showtime 13 of 17
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    House of Lies Improv Special is already available on Showtime's YouTube channel. It features unscripted, live and performing long-form improv from Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Eugene Cordero, Ryan Gaul and Lauren Lapkus at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. It airs at 10 p.m. December 31 on Showtime. 

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  • New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly | 10 p.m. on NBC 14 of 17
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    NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly airs at 10 p.m. ET. Glee star Jane Lynch will co-host this year, and performers will include Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton. Actress-comedian Natasha Leggero and actor Anthony Anderson will be guests. 

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  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 | 10:00 p.m. on ABC 15 of 17
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    This will be Ryan Seacrest's second year as main host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, since the longtime host passed away in 2012. He'll be joined by co-hosts Jenny McCarthy in Times Square and Fergie in L.A.. Performers this year will include Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, and Miley Cyrus. 

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  • New Year’s Eve Live | 11 p.m. on Fox 16 of 17
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    Mario Lopez is back to host Fox's New Year's Eve Live, beginning at 11 p.m. ET on the Fox Network. Musical acts include J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! at the Disco. 

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  • From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014, PBS 17 of 17
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    Julie Andrews will return to PBS on New Year's Day at 2:30 p.m. ET with the Vienna Philharmonic for From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014. The concert is directed by Franz Welser-Möst from Vienna's Musikverein. 

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