News

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.)

Specials

"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?


Marathons

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.


Series

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.

Tag Cloud

films CNN comiccon American Society of Cinematographers HBO venice royal family south america Teen Valentine's Day 71st Emmy Awards OneApp Box Office Crunchyroll new zealand Interview art house Adult Swim boxoffice WarnerMedia 007 sports comic book movie IMDb TV Exclusive Video trophy rt labs critics edition live action kong Apple TV+ justice league vs. leaderboard gangster james bond BAFTA Disney streaming service zombie History TCA Winter 2020 NYCC comic Best and Worst E3 2020 police drama Sony Pictures MCU social media Set visit Hear Us Out marvel cinematic universe Funimation Crackle hispanic heritage month BBC One chucky green book slasher mission: impossible Elton John DGA franchise batman stoner dogs Trophy Talk based on movie boxing Dark Horse Comics true crime Family jurassic park dramedy Character Guide Freeform ViacomCBS Spike Syfy TBS ESPN comic book movies talk show Superheroe parents scorecard DirecTV USA hollywood deadpool versus kids Super Bowl Year in Review crime Black History Month series Red Carpet spanish language children's TV hispanic festival japan YouTube Premium crime thriller Television Critics Association obituary Amazon Prime Video christmas movies cancelled Creative Arts Emmys Sundance TV 20th Century Fox Winners razzies Western DC streaming service El Rey scary 79th Golden Globes Awards spanish sitcom Ellie Kemper crossover 2018 award winner Esquire A24 FX on Hulu Acorn TV Action Masterpiece Shondaland Nat Geo TCA olympics Nominations Extras tv talk 72 Emmy Awards zombies sequels 99% Neflix breaking bad Spring TV posters 2017 Opinion Mary Tyler Moore 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Starz Disney Plus GLAAD PBS ID superman Tubi GIFs action-comedy scene in color Pride Month Toys YouTube Film TV movies Nickelodeon popular robots heist movie book adaptation The Arrangement stand-up comedy canceled Lucasfilm New York Comic Con best Academy Awards science fiction Universal MSNBC Summer adenture Alien spider-verse VH1 werewolf italian Hallmark high school teaser cinemax joker dceu concert diversity Winter TV Showtime Peacock Polls and Games Musical Paramount casting Film Festival golden globe awards BET Reality Competition romance SXSW Columbia Pictures rt labs LGBTQ ABC Comedy Central Chernobyl TLC Country Pop all-time thriller Kids & Family President Comedy 45 biography Tumblr Musicals young adult hidden camera child's play Marathons BET Awards Mary poppins serial killer Amazon Prime unscripted VICE Holiday Cosplay AMC Plus spider-man Hulu harry potter reviews Thanksgiving LGBT Pop TV TV renewals video on demand supernatural genre GoT RT History TNT indie aliens Fox News know your critic universal monsters IFC Films renewed TV shows festivals Comic-Con@Home 2021 CMT cancelled television Women's History Month 2015 emmy awards godzilla toronto Star Wars Avengers fresh legend Warner Bros. mob 24 frames Netflix Christmas movies Song of Ice and Fire cooking a nightmare on elm street suspense 1990s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Rock latino Reality archives Fargo Legendary worst Logo live event Vudu mutant television nbcuniversal Anna Paquin technology TCM Disney+ Disney Plus Premiere Dates E! Election cartoon Epix Schedule HBO Max period drama comic books CBS dark book lord of the rings pirates of the caribbean worst movies 21st Century Fox Superheroes binge Marvel Studios Calendar Ghostbusters comics romantic comedy NBC Turner FX fast and furious Sneak Peek Mary Poppins Returns Cannes Image Comics critics Spectrum Originals Martial Arts vampires Heroines Rocketman crime drama PaleyFest wonder woman kaiju CBS All Access laika mcc trailers zero dark thirty ITV dreamworks toy story The Academy 90s documentaries Awards cults Certified Fresh animated Photos DC Universe spain Rom-Com A&E dexter Walt Disney Pictures Tomatazos BBC America Quiz Paramount Plus Tags: Comedy Lionsgate FOX AMC nfl Mystery war WGN Wes Anderson spinoff comedies target 4/20 biopic news sequel USA Network indiana jones political drama richard e. Grant Prime Video stop motion Sundance king arthur Fantasy blaxploitation Universal Pictures criterion remakes french Trivia cancelled TV series The Witch documentary international Christmas The Purge YouTube Red hist TCA 2017 monster movies strong female leads Awards Tour Star Trek discovery Black Mirror screenings marvel comics golden globes blockbusters ghosts Pacific Islander classics video Mindy Kaling Captain marvel Discovery Channel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina directors Apple TV Plus Amazon TV Land spy thriller Broadway Marvel Television finale Emmys Sundance Now Lifetime Comics on TV streaming cops streaming movies Netflix Pet Sematary nature Fox Searchlight foreign natural history canceled TV shows Tokyo Olympics Disney Channel BBC DC Comics FXX Arrowverse game of thrones what to watch telelvision medical drama Television Academy 2021 Hallmark Christmas movies halloween tv free movies 2016 disaster black docudrama movie Emmy Nominations Bravo critic resources Marvel feel good Classic Film 73rd Emmy Awards twilight anime Grammys rt archives debate sag awards king kong Shudder Ovation MTV Apple blockbuster mockumentary ABC Family 93rd Oscars The Walking Dead name the review dragons RT21 Trailer witnail transformers ABC Signature basketball Writers Guild of America Drama TruTV ratings OWN TIFF Mudbound Britbox PlayStation Tarantino miniseries Disney Countdown Holidays movies dc 2019 satire superhero Infographic saw slashers rotten japanese Fall TV First Look cars doctor who Oscars cancelled TV shows new star wars movies HBO Go First Reviews Turner Classic Movies CW Seed historical drama jamie lee curtis TCA Awards Comic Book X-Men facebook psychological thriller space independent sopranos Biopics National Geographic quibi Paramount Network aapi Pixar The CW Brie Larson Binge Guide psycho halloween Cartoon Network elevated horror die hard IFC SundanceTV docuseries Animation australia Music NBA asian-american Sci-Fi Horror football Instagram Live Podcast TV One TV See It Skip It Video Games rotten movies we love travel revenge screen actors guild Travel Channel SDCC theme song scary movies YA adventure singing competition HFPA new york Watching Series women cats Lifetime Christmas movies black comedy Rocky reboot Baby Yoda APB rom-coms Pirates Amazon Studios adaptation game show Stephen King San Diego Comic-Con composers Food Network Hollywood Foreign Press Association The Walt Disney Company Endgame politics anthology VOD prank