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Tonight's New Year's Eve special on ABC has a really long title

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 2:29PM
Ryan SeacrestEvery year we get to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve. A lot of people grew up watching Dick Clark host the show from a very cold Times Square, but in recent years medical problems have forced Clark to co-host the show with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest. But do they call the show New Year's Rockin' Eve or ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve or New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest or maybe Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve?

No. The title of the show is Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010. Actually, the hour before the big ball drop throws another word in there: Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010. The hell?

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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
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  • 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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Kathy Griffin talks about dick on New Year's Eve (and we don't mean Clark) - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2009 3:10PM
CNNWhen you put someone like Kathy Griffin, known for her racy, edgy, rather blunt humor, on a live broadcast from a Times Square filled with drunken hecklers, well, you know you're going to get at least one controversial moment. There were actually several moments like that on CNN last night, but only one that got the attention of the CNN censors.

During the live New Year's Eve coverage featuring Anderson Cooper/Griffin (they're not Martin and Lewis, but they're entertaining in their own way), Griffin was being heckled off-camera by someone in the crowd. As Cooper went to commercial, Griffin grabbed one of the classic stand-up comic lines out of her Rolodex of jokes and fired back at him. You can see exactly what she said in the video after the jump. Not sure if Griffin thought she was still on the air or if she knew she was still on the air and decided to say it anyway since it was late night cable.

For the rerun early this morning, CNN edited that portion of the show.

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New Year's Rockin Eve, B.S. (Before Seacrest) -- VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 30th 2008 9:02AM

Dick Clark, during his days on the roof as the ball dropped in Time Square.New Year's Eve. A time to celebrate, get poop-faced drunk, reflect on the last year and the new one to follow, and get even more drunk as you see the daunting task ahead. It is, or was, also a time for an annual tradition that, whether you were stone-cold sober or falling down drunk, was a regular part of your celebrating.

Until his stroke in 2004, Dick Clark counted down the remaining seconds of the current year with millions of others during his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve specials, first on NBC (1972 and 73), then on ABC. In the beginning, most of the show was live. But as the years moved on, only the Times Square performances would go out live while many other performances would be pre-taped (remember that episode of Friends?). In it's most recent incarnation, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest (God, what an awful title), there's a lot more performance and a lot less celebration.

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Election Night: ABC (Part 2)

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 4th 2008 10:46PM

It's 10:00 P.M. Do you know who your next president is? Here are some more notes about the election coverage over at ABC

8:52 Guess what's coming to ABC primetime in January? It's the beginning of the phrase 'and found'. So far, we've had two ads about the new season. Uh oh, 15 more states close polls at 9:00.

8:55 My 2-year-old just woke up. He must be worried about the fate of the U.S. just like the rest of us.

9:00 Whoops! They went to Charlie before he rattled off the latest results. We got to see the electoral count numbers before he was finished. Always keep on the graphics, kids.

9:10 Yes, we know that Grant Park is getting crowded.

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Burn Notice premiere sizzles in the Nielsens

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 14th 2008 1:43PM
Burn Notice sandNumbers don't lie -- although some people can manipulate them -- but in all the ways that matter for television, the second season debut for USA's Burn Notice was a 100% hit. The spy caper-drama did something that brings smiles to the lips of all cable execs, it beat first run episodes of ABC and CBS programs.

I'm generally not a numbers person. (I freely admit that I sucked at algebra.) However, the Burn Notice success in Nielsen ratings and key demographics -- 1.8 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and approximately 5.4 million viewers overall -- is impressive. It built on last season's numbers considerably -- 35% in viewership.

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Hell's Kitchen: Day 14

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2008 11:34PM

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(S04E14) "My goal tonight is to make Chef Ramsay second guess the fact that he got rid of me." - Jen

Oh Jen, just when we had started to forget you, you come back with the nasty attitude and the chip on your shoulder. Like Mary Tyler Moore, you can turn the world on with your smile.

This is part one of the finale, where final contestants Petrozza and Christina design their restaurants and have to complete a service with some of the eliminated contestants. The returning players are Jen, Louross, Bobby, Corey, Matt, and Ben. Not sure why these contestants are the ones who return, other than they're the most controversial. They're not all the most recent rejects, because Roseann would be in the mix if that was the case and not Ben.

I have mixed feelings about these contestants coming back, which I'll explain after the jump.

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Eli Stone: Patience

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 11th 2008 9:20AM
Eli Stone(S01E11) Wow! What an episode. Well, not the whole episode; the last two minutes. For the first time on Eli Stone, we got a glimpse of where the visions may be taking Eli. Also, if the vision of the future he had is on target, then the thing in his head, the aneurysm, is either not fatal as we've been told, or -- perhaps -- Eli will have the surgery and live many more years. At least until 2018. That's if we're to believe that the vision he had is the real future...

But first let's talk about the "Patience," this week's episode. I'm not really loving that title, but I guess it makes sense when you think about the totality of the show. Eli has one of his sensory hallucinations and finds himself in Times Square, New York City, in the middle of a huge rally. People are chanting a theme, "Live Brave," and there are signs and banners promoting the Live Brave movement. The man at the microphone is named David Mosely and he's being cheered.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jun 6th 2007 5:19PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, now you download the file directly again!

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What's on tonight: New Year's Eve specials, marathons, football

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2006 4:58PM
  • Times SquareAt 7, CBS repeats their 60 Minutes tribute to Ed Bradley.
  • At 7:30 (or after football), FOX has The O.T.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America at 7, followed by the Packers vs. the Bears.
  • At 8, PBS has a new Live From Lincoln Center, featuring Audra McDonald, followed by a New Year's Eve concert by Garrison Keillor and his band on a new Great Performances.
  • HBO has The Producers at 8.
  • Also at 8: TLC has several new episodes of Resolutionaries, where people see if they can stick to their New Year's resolutions.
  • At 9, The CW has the magic special Keith Barry: Extraordinary, with guests Jessica Simpson and Matthew McConaughey.
  • Sci-Fi has a Twilight Zone marathon all day and night (and tomorrow too), while TBS has a Seinfeld marathon.
  • At 10, ABC has Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, then it's interrupted by local news at 11, then he and Ryan Seacrest countdown to midnight at 11:30.
  • At 11, FOX has their New Year's Eve countdown.
  • There's a new Lisa Williams on Lifetime at 11.
  • At 11:30, MSNBC and CNBC has New Year's Eve With Carson Daly, which I assume NBC stations will show too if the football game and local news doesn't interrupt it.

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Dick Clark to return to New Year's Rockin' Eve

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2006 11:00AM
Dick ClarkDick Clark will return once again for ABC's coverage of New Year's Eve on December 31.

Clark was on the show last year after missing the 2004 show because of a stroke, and he'll be back to co-host New Year's Rockin' Eve as ABC rings in 2007 and the ball drops in Times Square. (The pic on the right is from this year's Emmy Awards, when he got a special award from Barry Manilow.)

That's the good news. The bad news? He'll have to ring in the New Year with Ryan Seacrest, Christina Aguilera, and a hundred young people who actually filmed their dance segments days if not weeks ago.

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FOX gets large on Times Square

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 11th 2006 7:02PM
fox newsSo you love FOX's news and sports programming, but watching it on your tiny television screen just kind of leaves you unfulfilled, doesn't it? Well, this is the time to rejoice, FOXheads, because News Corp has taken over the gigantic Panasonic Astrovision screen in New York's Times Square and will be airing three hours of live programming every day, including full hours of Fox and Friends, FOX Report with Shepard Smith and FOX5's Good Day New York. Sports fans will be treated to live broadcasts of Major League Baseball's League Championship and World Series, the Daytona 500, and football coverage from the NFL and the College Bowl series. News Corp took over access of the screen from NBC on October 1. Someday I hope to have enough money to put my own content on that screen. I'm thinking 24 hours a day of myself having dental work performed.

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