Viewers' Guide: New Year's TV Features Premieres, Football, Festivities

If you're going to be in front of the TV before, during, or after the ball drops, here's what you should be watching.

by | December 26, 2016 | Comments

Should old TV viewing habits be forgot and never brought to mind? Just sit right down and veg out for Auld Lang Syne.

After all, there is no better way to ring in 2017 than with a variety of entertaining small-screen options. From college bowl games to the return of Sherlock on PBS, there are viewing options on and around New Year’s Day that shouldn’t be missed.

"New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" (NBCUniversal); Jonathan Allen #93 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images); THE MICK: Kaitlin Olson

(We will continue updating this list with more holiday programming as new information comes available.)


"New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" (NBCUniversal)


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017 – Countdown to the new year with a bevy of stars and performances. It airs Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

A Toast to 2016! – Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are slated to host this two-hour primetime NBC News special featuring interviews with Wanda Sykes, Michael Buble, Simone Biles, and more. It airs Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution – The chart topping rapper will host this new holiday special to help viewers party into the new year. It airs Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (pictured) – New Year’s programming event features The Voice host and Today show co-host Carson Daly and former Spice Girl Mel B welcome musical guests Alicia Keys, Pentatonix, and Blake Shelton. It airs Dec. 31 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

128th Rose Parade Presented by Honda – Who can resist all the pomp and circumstance of this flowery Pasadena, California–set tradition when it airs Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on ABC?


Animal Kingdom (TNT)

Animal Kingdom – If you missed the sexy crime family drama starring Ellen Barkin when it debuted this summer, you’re in luck. TNT is re-airing all 10 episodes of the show’s first season Dec. 28 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on TNT.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – Join Guy Fieri as he samples plenty of American comfort foods from chicken to beef and everything in between. The marathon airs Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. ET to 3 a.m. ET on the Food Network.

Premiere New Year – The Investigation Discovery channel is sending a love letter to fans with a full day of true crime tales. The marathon begins Jan. 1 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and features Homicide Hunter: Joe Kenda kicking off the programming block. A sneak peek of the new series Murder Chose Me airs at 8 p.m. ET.


THE MICK (Pamela Littky/FOX)

The Mick (pictured)Kaitlin Olson of Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame hits a new comedic stride in this dysfunctional family comedy, which premieres Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Ransom – This internationally co-produced drama follows Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts, Black Sails), an experienced crisis and hostage negotiator, and his team as they solve kidnap and ransom cases. The series premieres Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CBS.

Picture shows: Sherlock (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH)

Sherlock (pictured) – Star Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular detective in season 4, which features three new installments on PBS’ Masterpiece. The first episode, titled “The Six Thatchers,” promises a full range of emotions as Sherlock gets back to work on British soil and Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) tackles fatherhood. Sherlock kicks off Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

The Celebrity Apprentice – Action star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new host and welcomes new advisers Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Warren Buffett, and Jessica Alba. Contestants include comedian Jon Lovitz, retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie, and Boy George. It airs Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Bowl Games

Jonathan Allen #93 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) and Jake Browning #3 of the Washington Huskies (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl– The No. 4-ranked University of Washington Huskies will play the No. 1-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The game airs Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on ESPN.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – No. 3-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes meets No. 2-ranked Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. The game airs Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl – Get riled up when the Western Michigan University Broncos play against the University of Wisconsin Badgers. It airs Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on ESPN.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual – The USC Trojans against the Penn State Nittany Lions. It airs Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Check out the Auburn University Tigers versus the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The game airs Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.

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