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New Year’s Eve 2012: Guide to the TV Specials

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The noise, the crowds, the debauchery. If you’re like me and think going out on New Year’s Eve isn’t such a good time and rather be curled up on your couch in your jammies watching the ball drop from the safety of your own home, good news!  There are lots of specials to keep the party going at home. Here’s what to watch when it comes time to count down to 2013.

8pm- Live From Lincoln Center (PBS)
The New York Philharmonic pays tribute to conductor Marvin Hamlisch in this live concert hosted by Private Practice’s Audra McDonald and featuring performances from Megan Hilty and Law & Order: SVU’s Raul Esparza.

10pm- New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (NBC)
The Voice host welcomes Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, Train and The Office’s Angela Kinsey to the special, broadcast live from Times Square.

10pm- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 (ABC)
For the first time without Dick Clark, who passed away in April, Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy count down to the new year from Times Square. Fergie co-hosts from Los Angeles. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and Taylor Swift live from Times Square, as well as Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, OneRepublic and Pitbull.

10pm- New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (CNN)
The duo co-host together for a sixth time. Should be interesting.  As always!

11/10pm- New Year’s Eve Live! (Fox)
In Living Color alum Marlon Wayans gets the party started in Las Vegas with help from X Factor winner Tate Stevens, Lifehouse and Carmen Electra.

11pm- MTV’s Club NYE 2013 (MTV)
Jersey Shore’s Jenni “JWoww” Farley and comic Jeff Dye host a night featuring performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard.

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