What to watch on Monday, December 31...
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013
This marks the first New Year’s Eve since the '70s without Dick Clark, the holiday’s most famous celebrant who passed away in April. ABC has decked out an evening-long tribute to the World’s Oldest Teenager, beginning with a two-hour retrospective hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Fergie and featuring clips, celebrity reminiscences, and musical performances. Ryan Seacrest takes the helm at 10pm for a primetime pre-show, then returns with McCarthy from Times Square at 11:30pm for the apostrophe-packed main event. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Flo Rida, Pitbull, and OneRepublic.
The Mob Doctor
Oof. The Saturday-night burn-off of a canceled show is a painful if necessary arc in the circle of TV life, but unceremoniously dumping a new episode on New Year’s Eve seems particularly callous. Nevertheless, here’s “Sibling Rivalry,” which involves an assassination attempt and an endangered racehorse. I guess TMD was hoping to draft off some of that hot endangered-racehorse zeitgeist in the wake of Luck’s demise?
MARATHON, 9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Pour some champagne, polish your crossbow bolts, and ring in the new year with a marathon of all eight episodes from the first half of the zombie drama’s third season. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? If they’ve been turned into flesh-eating abominations and subsequently shot, cleaved, or bludgeoned into inert piles of oozing, deformed viscera, then yes. Yes they should.
New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly
Amy Poehler, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, the gang from The Voice, and The Office’s Angela Kinsey are some of the Peacock’s repertory players who'll be on hand to ring in 2013 in New York. Local troubadours Train and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope are slated to perform, while a retrospective of musical performances from 2012 will feature Justin Bieber, Adele, Beyonce, and Coldplay. The hour-long primetime kick-off returns at 11:30pm for the main festivities. And at midnight, Daly shall cast a steely glare o’er the assembled masses, land it upon Seacrest with fixed purpose, and signal the moment when the two blood rivals must meet in one final, pitched battle in the heart of Times Square, Highlander-style. (We can only hope for that last part.)
New Year’s Eve Live!
Setting a new standard for phoning it in over a holiday week, the talent bookers at Fox bring you American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, Lifehouse, and Carmen Electra live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (tape-delayed outside the Eastern Time Zone). Given the presence of Lifehouse and Carmen Electra, it’s entirely possible Fox is actually ringing in 2002 instead of 2013.
11:30pm, Cartoon Network
The Eric Andre New Year’s Eve Spooktacular
If you’ve always been dismayed by the annual lack of holiday spookiness once Halloween has passed, Adult Swim has you covered. Hosts Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress are joined by a live studio audience for a night of musical acts, marching bands, competitive eating, and guest-stars, including Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo, John “Ren and Stimpy” Kricfalusi, and Demi “The One on The X Factor Who Isn’t Britney” Lovato.
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?