Some of us don’t have the privilege of littering the nighttime streets of Denver for New Year’s Eve. We could be short on cash, don’t have a baby sitter, there was a lack of planning or a combination of all of these things. Don’t fret, the booze is much cheaper at your house. Trust me. Who needs amateur hour when you have Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest to ring in the new year? So, relax and enjoy the festivities from your own abode with the help of Reverb’s New Year’s Eve 2012 TV guide.
NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” will be riding the wave of success by “the Voice” with guest appearances from coaches Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Not to mention a performance from “the Voice” contestant/winner, Cassadee Pope. The live music is a tad skimpy, however, with a retrospective of live performances from the “Peacock Network” in 2012, with choices ranging from the Illuminati inspired Super Bowl halftime show from Madonna to the Spice Girls stinking up the London Summer Olympics. (8 p.m. MST, NBC)
ABC mourns the first NYE after the passing of the master of the NYE television celebration, the late great, Dick Clark. The size of shoes that Ryan Seacrest must fill are large and will never be filled, but the hard working television personality has and will do a serviceable nod to the television titan of “American Bandstand.” The lamenting will take place over the span of two hours, where Jenny McCarthy and Fergie will reflect on the life of Mr.Bandstand. I hope I’m not alone in saying that the choice in hosts for the two hour segment seem like they were last minute replacements. McCarthy and Fergie sure don’t feel like first choices or even second choices. During the next two hours Seacrest handles the maiden voyage with a little help from heavy hitters: Taylor Swift, Flo Rida, OneRepublic, Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen and more. (6 p.m. MST, ABC)
MTV crashes the NYE party with their over the top reality stars. Snooki, JWOWW and Jeff Dye are hosting the night’s festivities where there will be a 99 percent chance of planned shenanigans. Live performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora, and Conor Maynard will keep the party rockin’ and the club kids somewhat appeased. (9 p.m. MST, MTV)
Lastly, the CW cashes in on the pre-recorded two day iHeartRadio music festival from this past September in Las Vegas. Performances include No Doubt, Rihanna, Pink, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Green Day, Bon Jovi and more. (8 p.m. MST, CW)
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.