We made what’s became an almost annual trek to Times Square to take in some of the sights and sounds behind the scenes as the cable networks broadcast their New Years Eve specials. The balmy 47 degree temperature — even warmer than last year — prompted CNN co-host Kathy Griffin to bare almost all. After the ball dropped and the specials went off the air we spotted Fox News’s Kimberly Guilfoyle streetside posing for pictures, stopped to chat briefly with Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly on the FNC stage and watched as Anderson Cooper and Griffin played to the crowd below. Happy New Year all!
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New Year’s Eve is upon us, and there is a veritable cornucopia when it comes to choosing who to spend the evening with on television.
Below, our guide.
The title is a bit wordy, but still the gold standard after 40 years, even if Clark is limited to a handful of awkward appearances from a studio. Seacrest can more than hold his own. Musical guests include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and Will.i.am.
NBC: “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” 10PM-12:30AM with a local news break
Fox: “American Country New Year’s Eve Live” 11PM-12:30AM
Fox’s special is hosted by a comedian named Rodney Carrington and “Paws Stars” Rick Harrison and “Chumlee.” Toby Keith will perform.
Univision: “¡Feliz 2012!” 10PM-3:15AM
Hosted by “Sábado Gigante’”s Don Francisco, musical acts will include Gloria Trevi, Prince Royce and Chino y Nacho.
But NYE 2012 will also mark a few welcome additions to the New Year’s Eve fray, making the choice of what to watch that much harder.
Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year” will have fewer commercials than normal, thanks to a sponsorship from Prudential. As Ad Age notes, all ads on the show will be for the insurance company, with fewer commercial breaks, and no local slots. Fewer ads for a sole sponsor is not a new concept, but it is the first time it has been used in recent memory on New Year’s Eve.
Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer are back to co-host Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year.” Kelly and Hemmer will ring in 2012 live from Times Square, just down the platform from Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin who will ring in the New Year on CNN.
FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Rick Leventhal, and Maria Molina will also contribute. And thanks to a show sponsor, Prudential, there will be fewer commercials during the 90-minute special which begins at 11pmET on New Year’s Eve. There will be performances from country music artists Big & Rich and Trace Adkins, as well as the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages.
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will again co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve celebration from 11pmET to 12:30amET. “Get ready, America. Pull up a chair and a box of your finest wine, because you’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve show like this,” said Griffin. “Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” joked Cooper.
Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square and Gary Tuchman will report live from Central Park for the annual Midnight Run. Correspondent John Zarrella will be live in Key West, Florida and Brooke Baldwin from Nashville, Tennessee. The show will simulcast on CNN International.
Leading up to the 11pm special, CNN presents the “Best and Worst of 2011,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special anchored by Tom Foreman.
Katie Couric emceed last night’s Friars Club toast (not roast) to Larry King. Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin and Wanda Sykes were all in attendance, as were a couple of Couric’s “Today” show pals. See the photo Couric Tweeted here. And see who CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ran into. Trump presented King with his Friars award at the end of the evening, and, according to the Daily News, King promised, “You have not seen the end of me. I shall return.”
(Photo: Tony Maciulis)
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has revealed some of the guests for the first week of his new syndicated talk show. The debut episode September 12 has a big “get” as the family of deceased pop singer Amy Winehouse speaks to Cooper. The appearance will be their first since Winehouse passed away unexpectedly earlier this Summer.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie reports that a number of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” will appear the first week. Cooper has spoken quite fondly of the Bravo series of shows, and has said he hoped to have a number of cast members on his program. That program has also been in the news, as the husband of a cast member committed suicide, forcing Bravo to delay the season premiere in order to re-edit the season to make light of the news.
Update: Oh nelly, according to Telepictures, additional first-week guests will include Cooper’s CNN New Year’s Eve partner Kathy Griffin and “Jersey Shore” star (?) Snooki.
Morgan, as he often does during live shows, prepared to do a news tease with Anderson Cooper. This time, however, Griffin joined in, and it made for one of the more memorable teases in quite some time:
On last night’s “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart defended CNN’s Anderson Cooper — who was among several TV news reporters attacked in Egypt Wednesday. Stewart showed some riot footage — but when he got to the attack on Cooper — the Comedy Central host said:
“Now you’ve gone too far. Hands off Anderson Cooper! There is not to be a silvery wisp out place on that man’s glorious head!”
Stewart then said that there is only one person who is allowed to assault Cooper: Kathy Griffin. “And even she is granted the honor but once a year.” As for Cooper, he anchored for two hours last night, indoors, crouched on the floor, in low light last night, for security reasons. He tweeted yesterday:
Thanks for tweets of concern..I’m sore and head hurts but fine. Neil and mary anne are bruised but ok too. Thanks
Stewart video, after the jump…
Some temporary primetime changes are coming to CNN ahead of the premiere of “Piers Morgan Tonight” later this month.
For the next two weeks, Parker-Spitzer is going to get a second run at 11pmET and Anderson Cooper is going to be hosting at 9pmET until Morgan debuts Jan. 17. Cooper’s 9pm show has a talk format — bridging the Larry King-Piers Morgan gap, we suppose.
Tonight his guests include iconic women of comedy – Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Joy Behar and Phyllis Diller. As we’ve been reporting, Cooper will be hosting his own talk show, syndicated on local stations across the country, beginning this fall. AC360 airs as normal at 10pm.