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The New Year's Snooki Ball Drop Was Like a One-Story Elevator Ride (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2011 1:59AM
Snooki, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'MTV featured a Snooki-ball drop for their New Year's Eve coverage, where the diminutive reality star was lowered in a ball to commemorate the new year. Jay Leno showed her the coverage when she appeared on 'The Tonight Show' (Weekdays, 11:35PM on NBC), and it really captured how incredibly not-exciting the event was.

It first started to go wrong when they found out Times Square didn't want her there. "I guess they didn't want two balls competing against each other," she said. Leno tried to resist this set-up, but he couldn't.

"I know how that is," he said. But we don't. We get that there's an innuendo there, but it's certainly not a clear one. What competition would there be? What's going on in Jay's -- you know what? Never mind. We don't want to know.

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Andy Cohen and Friends Ring in the New Year on a 'Watch What Happens Live' Special (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 3rd 2011 12:12AM
'Watch What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party'Bravo rang in their own new year's celebration with a special edition of 'What What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party' (Fri., 10:30PM on BRAVO). It didn't have the lavish production of ABC and NBC, or even the likes of CNN and MTV, but it did feature Andy Cohen dancing it up, and getting that requisite kiss at the dawning of the new year.

They even had a ball, of sorts, to drop at the precipitous moment. Hanging from strings, the feathered object looked like something a Mardi Gras parade float might throw up, but it was somehow quaint and charming at the same time. It even had to be turned as it kept spinning so the "2011" on top was reading backwards.

If the budget didn't allow for much more than a ball on a wire, we weren't likely to see any A-list musical acts either.

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Kathy Griffin Tries to Undress Anderson Cooper on CNN's New Year's Eve Coverage (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2011 11:36PM
'New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin'Last year, comedienne Kathy Griffin dropped the f-bomb on live television while co-hosting 'New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin' (Fri., 8PM on CNN). This year, she managed to hold her tongue when it came to language, but there are other ways to upset the censors. Apparently, they frown on nudity as well.

Anderson Cooper was doing his best to be a professional about the whole proceeding, but he was interrupted no less than three times trying to tell the audience that soon they would be playing John Lennon's "Imagine" before the dropping of the ball in Times Square to commemorate the new year.

The first time, Griffin was kissing a random guy from the crowd. "You're supposed to do that at the stroke of midnight," Cooper said. Griffin's only response was to start moving toward him with her tongue out.

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Top 20 New Year's Eve TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 30th 2010 9:30AM
Family Guy

As we prepare to bid adieu to 2010, here's a look at some of the best TV episodes that have helped viewers celebrate New Year's Eve through the years, from a fantastic limo ride on 'How I Met Your Mother' to the brother/sister NYE boogie that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase dancing fools ...

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Where Did 2010 Go? Down the Tube

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 29th 2010 8:00AM
I hate to break it to you guys, but the time of sugarplums and reindeer is over. What once were presents are now mere possessions and the next holiday on the calendar is vying for your attention. It's almost time for New Year's resolutions.

I've always believed that those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it, so it seemed high time for me to make an honest account of how I spent 2010 before making any goals for 2011: I spent it watching television.

My resolution? I'd like to watch less television. Well it's more complicated than that - I'd like to watch more good TV and less bad TV. Allow me to recap 2010 for you, so you'll see why:

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Kathy Griffin the Cockroach: 'I'm Just Going to Outlast Everybody'

by PopEater Staff, posted Dec 24th 2010 10:30AM

Seeing as Kathy Griffin was unceremoniously fired from hosting CNN's New Year's Eve show with Anderson Cooper after last year's F-Bomb drop, it's a wee bit surprising that she's back at the gig for this year's countdown. The flame-haired comedienne dished to us about working with "the world's Anderson Cooper," why she hopes Miley Cyrus has started a salvia trend and, yes, her nemesis Bristol Palin.

Weren't you fired from CNN's New Year's show?
Yes, I was fired. They issued a statement. I was banned from CNN, and then as Anderson Cooper says, 'There was a change in management,' which was great because the guy who fired me got fired. So being the cockroach that I am, I'm just going to outlast everybody. That's my career philosophy; it's not a very deep one. I basically have the survivor moniker in my life, which is "outlast, outwit, outplay," that's what I've done with the management at CNN.

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Snooki Will Drop Inside a Ball on New Year's Eve

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 2:00PM
SnookiAnyone planning to ring in the new year in Times Square this year will have two countdowns to keep an eye on. In addition to the traditional ball drop, MTV will host one of its own -- with a twist. 'Jersey Shore' star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be holed up inside the ball, the AP reports.

Yep, you read that right -- Snooki will drop inside a ball on MTV's New Year's Eve special.

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Is Kathy Griffin banned from CNN?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 2:30PM
Kathy GriffinIn 2008, Kathy Griffin said something on CNN's New Year's Eve show that was shocking, something concerning a heckler and his penis. A few days ago she said the F word live during the broadcast. Will she be back on CNN on December 31 of this year?

Not according to our friends over at PopEater. They say that insiders have revealed that CNN has banned Griffin from all future New Year's Eve shows. For the record, the network says that they have not discussed who will or won't be on the next New Year's Eve show.

So, should Griffin be banned? I'm all for outrageous humor, blah, blah, blah, but I think there has to be a common-sense limit to what she says on a live show. Her Bravo stand-up specials are one thing, but she says the F word on live TV after she says something equally risque' the year before? What do you think?

Update: CNN says that reports that Griffin has been banned are false because no decision has been made on next year's show yet.

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The Young and the Restless serves up a winner

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 1st 2010 5:00PM
billy_miller_the_young_and_the_restlessOn soaps, every now and then the powers that be -- usually the head writer who's overdosed on Red Bull and jelly beans months before -- comes up with the idea of doing a special episode. They'll focus on a single character and think outside the box. Sometimes they hit the jackpot; sometimes they create a clunker. The Young and the Restless offered a very special New Year's Eve episode yesterday and it was a home run.

Headwriter Maria Arena Bell and her talented team, including Hogan Sheffer, decided to put the character of Billy Abbott under the microscope and, as it turned out, Y&R pulled off a great episode.

It wouldn't have worked nearly as well if not for the riveting performance of actor Billy Miller. He rose to the occasion and this could be an award-winner if it's submitted for the next round of Daytime Emmys. If you haven't seen it yet or it's in your DVR waiting to be viewed, be warned that there are SPOILERS ahead.

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What You Missed Last Night: Kathy Griffin swears (again) on CNN

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2010 1:00PM
This was probably expected, but last night Kathy Griffin said the F-word while co-hosting New Year's Eve coverage on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Here's the video. I guess you can't have a time delay in a show that has a live countdown to New Year's Eve.

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What's On Tonight: Live From Lincoln Center, New Year's Eve shows, Marathons

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 12:13PM
Three Stooges
  • USA has a Burn Notice marathon all night.
  • HBO has a True Blood marathon all night.
  • AMC has a Three Stooges marathon all night.
  • Syfy has a Twilight Zone marathon all night.
  • TCM has Thin Man movies all night.
  • Spike has TNA Wrestling all night.
  • At 8, PBS has a new Live From Lincoln Center.
  • BBC has a new Graham Norton Show at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney HD has four new episodes of Naruto: Shippuden.
  • At 10, ABC has Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010 (until 11, then comes back at 11:30).
  • NBC has New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (until 11, then comes back at 11:30).
  • FOX News has Glenn Beck: Countdown to New Year's at 10, followed by an All-American New Year's and the Red Eye New Year's Eve Special.
  • At 11, FOX has Billboard's New Year's Eve Live.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Ryan Seacrest on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve,' Dick Clark and 'American Idol'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 31st 2009 10:00AM
Ryan SeacrestAs the click ticks down to 2010, many of us look forward to watching that famous ball drop in Times Square. While hundreds of thousands will gather in New York City to see the event first-hand, most of us will be home in our comfy pajamas watching from our living rooms.

'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010' begins at 10 PM ET on ABC and runs through 2:05 AM. The just-married 'Good Morning America' special correspondent Melissa Rycroft will be chatting with revelers in Times Square, while pop star Fergie will host segments from Las Vegas' new venue, Aria at City Center.

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New Year's Eve 2010: Live Online Coverage of the Ball Drop in Times Square

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 31st 2009 9:30AM
Times Square3 ... 2 ... 1! The ball dropping in Times Square is synonymous with New Year's Eve. But if visiting Times Square in person seems a little too cold or crowded for you, you can watch the spectacle live, online, right here. Happy New Year!

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What to Watch: December 31

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 31st 2009 6:00AM
'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' (10PM, ABC)
There are other celebrations, hosted by other celebs, but the granddaddy of all NYE soirees remains this annual Dick Clark production, co-hosted now by Clark wannabe Ryan Seacrest. And we mean that wannabe bit in a good way, as few other host/producers can assemble the caliber of celebs Clark and Seacrest can, including performances by Daughtry, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and Colbie Caillat. The New York City-based leads up to, of course, the countdown to midnight, and the Swarovski ball drop in Times Square.

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What to Watch: NYE Edition

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 31st 2009 2:02AM

New Year's Rockin' Eve - Thursday December 31, 10 pm, ABC

For the first time, the pre-taped musical segments will originate in Las Vegas, where they really know how to throw a party. Fergie will play hostess, with musical acts The Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke, Colbie Caillat and many more. Jennifer Lopez returns from the rock she crawled under to perform live in Times Square, along with 'American Idol's Daughtry.

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