The networks and cable stations have geared up to make New Year’s Eve and Day memorable with a slew of special TV programming that features four New Year’s Eve celebrations (one with hot-as-a-firecracker Taylor Swift), the first ever NCAA college football playoff, a slew of college football bowl games, plus marathons of “The Walking Dead,” a 9-hour laugh fest featuring the Marx Brothers and more. According to the New York Post on Dec. 30, “There’s plenty on TV to keep you company besides the traditional countdown shows.”
New Year’s Eve TV Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
If huge crowds, freezing temperatures and drunken revelers aren’t up your alley, there are four different New Year’s Eve TV specials to ring in 2015 from the comfort and warmth of your own home. The biggest one is on ABC and features Ryan Seacrest and Taylor Swift. Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin cover the festivities for FOX, while Victoria Justice and Charlemagne host this year’s annual Times Square soiree for the teen set on MTV. For a more subdued celebration, check out Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room in NYC on PBS.
- Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Taylor Swift headlines the legendary annual broadcast from Times Square, where an expected crowd of one million people will brave the cold weather to watch the ball drop. Ryan Seacrest serves as host. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. EST (7 CST) on ABC.
- New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. The odd couple is back as the Silver Fox teams up with Griffin, the new host of “Fashion Police.” This is their 8th consecutive time hosting the NYC New Year’s bash for FOX. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST) on FOX.
- MTV’s New Year’s Eve 2015. “Eye Candy” star Victoria Justice and Charlemagne from “Guy Code” host the annual MTV Times Square celebration for the teen set. The broadcast features a ton of looks back at the year that was 2014. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 11 p.m. EST (10 p.m. CST) on MTV.
- Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room. Darren Criss from “Glee,” Aaron Tveit from “Graceland,” Leslie Odom from “Smash,” Broadway crooner Kelli O’Hara, and Tony winner Christine Ebersole help entertainer Feinstein sing in 2015 from the newly restored Rainbow Room at the top of Rockefeller Plaza. Wednesday, Jan 31 at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST) on PBS.
New Year’s Day TV Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
There’s no better way to nurse a hangover than by plopping on the couch with the remote in hand. From a slew of marathons to the first ever NCAA football playoff, there’s literally something for everyone on New Year’s Day 2015.
NCAA Bowl Games
- Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin. 12 p.m. EST (11 a.m. CST) on ESPN2.
- Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Baylor. 12:30p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. CST) on ESPN.
- Citrus Bowl: Missouri vs. Minnesota. 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST) on ABC.
NCAA College Football Playoff
Ring out the old Bowl Championship Series, and ring in the new College Football Playoff. New Year’s Day brings a new format for determining who’s No. 1. The winners of Thursday’s semifinal games will compete for the national championship on Monday, Jan. 12.
- Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 3 Florida State (the defending national champions). On Dec. 31, FOX Sports predicted a close win for Florida State in Pasadena. Thursday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST) on ESPN.
- Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State. It’s a Nick Saban vs. Urban match-up. Will the SEC dominate once again? On Jan. 31, ESPN predicted a big win for Alabama in the Superdome. Thursday, Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST) on ESPN.
New Year’s TV Marathons
- “The Walking Dead” marathon on AMC. The popular series is currently on winter hiatus, but you can get your zombie fix all day on Thursday when AMC airs seasons 1-3. Now through Thursday at 6 a.m.
- Marx Brothers marathon. Spend a day “At the Races” and then “A Night at the Opera” before enjoying “Room Service” during a 9-hour New Year’s Day marathon on TCM.
- “The Twilight Zone” marathon. The non-stop showing includes the show’s most recent third season with the 3-part reunion special. Wednesday at 6 a.m. through Thursday at 1 a.m. on VH1.
- “The Simpsons” marathon. The network’s latest marathon of the Fox animated cartoon features the premiere and finale episode from 25 seasons, in chronological order, according to the NY Post.