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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...


MARATHON, 9am, AMC
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.


MARATHON, 8pm, VH1
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.


LATE-NITE:
– Curtis Stone on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E! 


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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I hate the way these marathons keeping showing up in title..The walking dead trickery
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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I'm so sad this is it...
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I wish winter breaks were over already.
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Happy New Year ALL
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Happy New Year everyone
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Also, just want to remind folks that the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade will be airing tomorrow morning, the 125th Rose Parade starts at 8am PST and can be viewed locally on KTLA without commercials and with your favorite sweet and nutty geezers, Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks, as well as nationally on HGTV and other networks. This year's grand marshal is LA's own Vin Scully, voice of the Dodgers and promoter of delicious Farmer John's hot dogs... hey, how did that plug get in there? Mmm mm. Stop that!

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Good lord how I love CNN's New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, they are so damned funny together, she's irreverent and he lets his proverbial hair down.
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Love to check in with Anderson and Kathy every year!
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How has Anderson Cooper AND Kathy Griffin been on for seven years straight? Who can actually stand her for that long? And who are the people that actually tune into this? Dick Clark's is the best!
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I'd like to be all artsy and say I'll watch Live From Lincoln Center, but I'll probably watch my usual CBS shows, even though they're repeats. To celebrate the holiday I'm making Velveeta and chili dip, so my life is pretty great.
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It is kinda weird that NBC isn't saying who will be guests/performers on Carson Daly tonight.
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NBC.com now says that Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton will be performing.
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Also, Girl Code has a special.
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And while House of Lies as a show is kinda 'ehhhh', the cast would probably be really fun in improv. Schwartz does a lot of fun stuff with UCB, and I can see Cheadle and Bell doing pretty well too. I might try to catch this online.
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Happpppy Endingssss!!! I wont be watching the marathon on TV, but I really miss it nonetheless.
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Things really need to get back on track now. I have just spent the holidays watching dvd's of tv shows and movies for the simple fact nothing was on.
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Ah well. Nothing on, and a not so festive party must be had with my kids, despite the fact that my husband is in the hospital.
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Sorry about your current state of affairs I hope everything gets better soon.
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The holiday tv schedule can come to an end any time now! As of tonight I've officially caught up on every movie and tv show I wanted to watch, I've watched things I've been putting off for months upon months, I need some shows to come back.
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"Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One " on Germany's ARD.
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http://www.ndr.de/unterhaltung/comedy/dinner_for_one/dinnerforone191.html
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