What to Watch Tonight: Whole-series Marathons of Happy Endings and The Walking Dead, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest

What to watch on Tuesday, December 31...

The Walking Dead
You think all is clear and quiet. It’s New Year’s Eve, the bar is stocked, your fanciest duds are laid out, and the world is your oyster. And then they appear. Just one at first, gazing at you vacantly, stirring a shudder but ultimately betraying no depth behind its mortifying visage. Soon it’s followed by another. And another. An onslaught. They just keep coming. Plodding, shambling, gaining millions of acolytes along the way, all 43 episodes of The Walking Dead, right in a row. No respite. No escape. Just survival—nasty, brutish, and short. Well, until 5am on Thursday, then it’s right back to infomercials and syndicated repeats of CSI: Miami.

MARATHON, 11:30am, Bravo
The Mindy Project
Catch up on the first half of the second season with all 11 episodes in a row. James Franco, Timothy Olyphant, and Chloë Sevigny are among the guest-stars who have joined the sitcom’s hijinks so far this year.

Happy Endings
If you prefer your New Year's Eve marathons with even more Adam Pally than Mindy offers, and with slightly less gore than TWD (give or take Elisha Cuthbert going to town on a plate of ribs), you're in luck. Strap in for all 57 episodes of the recently axed cult sitcom, repeats of which will enter VH1’s rotation on Wednesday nights starting January 8.

8pm, PBS
Live From Lincoln Center
Yo-Yo Ma accompanies the New York Philharmonic for a gala performance, recorded in September at Avery Fisher Hall. Highlights include “Boléro,” “Alborada del gracioso,” and “Azul.”

8pm Eastern, ABC
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest
Fittingly, the record-holder for longest-named network New Year’s special is a multi-part affair this year. “The 30 Greatest Women in Music” kicks things off at 8pm Eastern, with clips and interviews spotlighting pop performers of the female persuasion. Then at 10pm Eastern, hosts Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy helm the proceedings in Times Square while Fergie holds down the West Coast fort. After a local news break, the countdown to the ball drop resumes at 11:30pm Eastern. Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke are slated to perform.

8pm, NBC
A Toast to 2013!
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb review the 2013-iest things that ever happened in 2013, along with celebrity guests to be named later.

9pm, CNN
New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin pair up for their seventh straight year of hosting and bantering. Network correspondents will also check in from celebrations in New Orleans, Nashville, and Vincennes, Indiana, home of the fifth annual Watermelon Drop.

10pm, NBC
New Year’s Eve Live With Carson Daly
Carson Daly hosts a live broadcast of New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square. I know you got all that from the title, but NBC isn’t giving me a lot else to go on, and I’ve gotta plug in some copy here.

10pm, MTV
New Year’s Code
OMG, did you hear that the casts of Girl Code and Guy Code totes hooked up on New Year’s? I know, right? Like, on the one hand, WTF, but then again, what took them so long, you know? Anyway, I heard they wound up making a special episode about New Year’s Eve do’s and don’ts for, like, almost an hour and a half. Talking about, like, kissing at midnight, making resolutions, figuring out the right parties to hit. I heard shit got real.

10pm, Showtime
House of Lies Live
Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz, and other series stars perform an evening of long-form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

11pm, Fox
New Year’s Eve Live
Mario Lopez hosts the shindig in the Sin City, with performances from J Cole, Krewella, Panic At The Disco, and New Politics. The special will air at 11pm locally in every U.S. time zone.

– Curtis Stone on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E! 


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