For those gathering at homes to ring in the New Year, there is always one small debate among party members: What television show do you choose to help you countdown to midnight. Allow me to give you a small guide to your viewing options:
NBC: New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (10-11PM; 11:30-12:30AM) Yes, Carson Daly is still on the network, usually at 2 in the morning I think. For this NYE celebration from Times Square Daly features musical performances by T.I., Katy Perry, Elton John, and Ludacris among others. The special will also air on the network's cable outlets MSNBC and CNBC.
CBS: Late Show with David Letterman (11:30-12:30AM) CBS is the only major network without a NYE special, instead counter-programming with a NYE edition of Late Show. Letterman's guests include actress Emma Thompson, fox attack survivor Michelle Felicetta, and music from Purple Reign.
ABC: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (10-11PM; 11:30-12:30AM) Ever since Clark suffered a stroke a few years back he has passed on the majority of his NYE hosting duties to protege Seacrest. Clark is still around making the occasional appearance, however. This year brings American Idol has-been Kellie Pickler reporting on events in and around Times Square and musical performances from across the country by Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Will.I.Am, the Pussycat Dolls, the Jonas Brothers, Ne-Yo, Jesse McCartney, Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Solange, and Robin Thicke.
FOX: New Year's Eve Live (11-12:30AM) Fox's only late night host, Spike Feresten, along with Mark Thompson close out 2008 with a mix of music and hyped-up stunts. In addition to performances by David Cook, Daughtry, Scott Weiland, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, daredevil Robbie Knievel attempts a 200-foot jump of some kind.