New Year's Eve 2013: From 'The Walking Dead' to Ryan Seacrest, a TV round-up of what to watch

the-walking-dead-season-4-return-date.jpgSome highlights of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day television programming:

"The Walking Dead" marathon (Tuesday, Dec. 31, AMC): You say you want zombies to help you end one year and start the next? Obviously, you need look no further. All four seasons to date will be shown in their entirety, continuing through New Year's Day.

"The Twilight Zone" marathon (Tuesday, Syfy): A festival of episodes of  Rod Serling's classic fantasy-suspense anthology has been a TV indicator of the new year for quite some time, and it remains in place.

"New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music" (Tuesday, ABC): Thanks to Dick Clark Productions' extensive archive of performances from  "American Bandstand" and past New Year's Eve specials, it'll be easy for this show's staff to gather clips of the ladies on the list.

"Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma" (Tuesday, PBS; check local listings): The cello master joins the orchestra for a celebration recorded in September and featuring Ravel's "Bolero";  Audra McDonald hosts.

"That's Entertainment!" (Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies): It's become a tradition for the channel to mark New Year's Eve with the hugely enjoyable 1974 compilation of scenes from MGM musicals, and it does so again. Principal TCM host  Robert Osborne also introduces the two sequels and  "That's Dancing!"

"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2014 With Ryan Seacrest" (Tuesday, ABC): In its second year since the passing of its founder, this staple of New Year's Eve viewing continues with Seacrest still carrying the mantle ... and  Jenny McCarthy and  Fergie returning as co-hosts. Artists including  Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson and  Jason Derulo start the festivities in prime time; as usual, those resume in late-night. Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel (in segments from his New Year's Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Macklemore &  Ryan Lewis also are on the bill.

"NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" (Tuesday, NBC): Just as the Seacrest-hosted event does, Daly begins the celebration in prime time and carries it past stations' late local news. Jane Lynch co-hosts, and Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are among the music stars on board.

"All-American New Year" (Tuesday, Fox News Channel): With  Megyn Kelly now holding down a primetime hour with  "The Kelly File," Bill Hemmer gets a new co-host in Times Square --  Elisabeth Hasselbeck ( "Fox & Friends") -- as  Rodney Atkins, Blues Traveler and  Susan Boyle perform musically. Also, the hosts are slated to interview  Willie and Korie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty." 

"New Year's Eve Live" (Tuesday, FOX): As in past years, Times Square and Las Vegas will be the focal points for the network's coverage as midnight approaches. Mario Lopez hosts the main portion from Vegas, with J. Cole and Panic! At The Disco among those supplying music.

"New Year's Eve With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin" (Tuesday, CNN): How will Griffin mortify Cooper this time? You just know she'll find a way as they share hosting duties in New York's Times Square for the seventh consecutive year.

"125th Tournament of Roses Parade" (Wednesday, ABC, CBS, NBC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV): One of sportscasting's true legends, Los Angeles Dodgers announcer  Vin Scully, is the latest grand marshal for the ever-floral procession of floats and marching bands through the streets of Pasadena, Calif.

"Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014" (Wednesday, PBS; check local listings): Presiding over the annual holiday festival of Strauss music for the fifth time, Julie Andrews reunites with Daniel Barenboim, who also conducted the Vienna Philharmonic the first year she hosted the program.
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