What’s on TV on New Year’s Eve? 7 Specials to Ring in 2022
With COVID-19 cases surging, many people will be spending another New Year’s Eve at home on the couch. Fortunately, there won’t be a shortage of festive programming on TV to help you ring in 2022. While Fox has already canceled its live New Year’s Eve special due to the pandemic surge, most other networks are moving forward with their events, including CNN, NBC, and ABC.
Here are seven New Year’s Eve specials airing in 2021 and how to watch them:
‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022’ on ABC
Where to watch: 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the late Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special. (Ryan Seacrest has hosted since 2005). It’s the most-watched of the New Year’s Eve TV specials, per the Hollywood Reporter. This year, Seacrest hosts from Times Square, Ciara will be in Los Angeles, and Billy Porter will be in New Orleans. Daddy Yankee will also headline the special’s first-ever Spanish-language countdown from Puerto Rico. Performers include Journey, Karol G, Avril Lavigne, French Montana, and Macklemore with Ryan Lewis, among others.
‘Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson’ on NBC
Where to watch: 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock
Miley Cyrus and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson ring in 2022 from Miami in this 2-hour special from executive producer Lorne Michaels. Performers and guests include Brandi Carlile, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 23kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h, and more.
‘CNN New Year’s Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen’
Where to watch: 8 p.m. ET on CNN and on CNN’s mobile apps and CNNgo
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Watch What Happens Live’s Andy Cohen return to co-host the cable news channel’s New Year’s Eve celebration from Times Square. At 12:30 a.m., Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota take over from New Orleans. Performers and guests include Katy Perry, checking in from her new Las Vegas residency, as well as William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Duran Duran, Amanda Gorman, Patti LuPone, David Arquette, Leslie Jordan, and Cheri Oteri.
‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ on CBS
Where to watch: 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+
CBS will count down to 2022 in Nashville with a 5-hour celebration featuring performances from more than 50 country music stars including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bently, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Brooks & Dunn. Bobby Bones and Rachel Smith host the big event.
‘Feliz 2022 con El Gordo y La Flaca’ on Univision
Where to watch: 11 p.m. ET on Univision
Spanish-language network Univision kicks off its New Year’s Eve celebrations at 10 p.m. ET with a concert from Natalia Jiménez performing popular Mexican regional songs. It’s followed by Feliz 2022 con El Gordo y La Flaca hosted by Lili Estefan and Raúl de Molina. The special includes musical performances from Farruko, Yotuel and Beatriz Luengo, Chiquis, and Elvis Crespo as well as an interview with Mexican superstar Christian Nodal.
‘All-American New Year’ on Fox News Channel
Where to watch: 10 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel
Fox has canceled its New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, but Fox News Channel is moving forward with its All-American New Year special hosted by Pete Hegseth and Rachel Campos-Duffy. Will Cain will host from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville and other Fox News contributors will check in from around the U.S.
‘United in Song: Celebration the American Dream’ on PBS
Where to watch: 9 p.m. ET on PBS
Chita Rivera hosts this concert special celebrating the American Dream that was taped at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The star-studded event features performances from David Archuleta, Judy Collins, Lea Salonga, Midori, Pepe Romero, and others, as well as performances by The Washington Ballet and The American Pops Orchestra.
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