Celebrate New Year’s Eve on TV: What to watch to ring in 2022

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We may have hoped that this would be the year people could gather for holiday parties without a care in the world, but the pandemic has had other plans. Which means the idea of staying home, and watching New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV, seems like a good way of counting down 2021 and preparing to welcome 2022.

Of course, programs that have already been announced may change, depending on what happens. For example, the Fox network “New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022″ Times Square special, which was to be co-hosted by Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, has been canceled. As Variety and other sources reported, the show was called off amid surging cases of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in New York City.

Assuming the show goes on at other announced events, here’s what you’ll find on TV on New Year’s Eve.

“CNN New Year’s Eve Live 2022”: Anderson Cooper and his real-life buddy, Andy Cohen, will again brave the elements in New York City’s Times Square as they host the annual CNN bash for the fifth time. At this point, correspondents are still expected to check in from around the country. Stephanie Elam is set to be at a Las Vegas dance party, Randi Kaye will be in Key West, Richard Quest is scheduled to be at the top of a Manhattan skyscraper, Gary Tuchman and his daughter Lindsay Tuchman will weigh in from Puerto Rico, Coy Wire will be in Minneapolis, and Donie O’Sullivan will be outside an Irish bar in New York City. In addition, Katy Perry is scheduled to make an appearance from her residency in Las Vegas, and other guests due to appear include William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Duran Duran, Amanda Gorman, Patti LuPone, David Arquette, Leslie Jordan, Cheri Oteri and Earth, Wind & Fire. Bonus: If you live in the Pacific Time Zone, you can tune in at 5 p.m. on CNN to watch the ball drop at Times Square three hours early. (5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET Friday, CNN)

No cable? You can watch the New York City Times Square ball drop via the free Times Square webcast.

“2021: It’s Toast!”: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, of the “Today” show, host a special that looks back on 2021, and some of the lighter moments in what was a challenging year. (8 p.m. Friday, NBC; stream on Peacock)

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022″: This marks the 50th anniversary for the year-ending special that still bears the name of the late Dick Clark. In addition to celebrating the big 5-0, this year’s edition features performances in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Puerto Rico. Seacrest and cohost Liza Koshy will be in New York, for the Times Square festivities. Other hosts include Ciara in Los Angeles, Billy Porter in New Orleans, and Roselyn Sanchez presiding over the celebration in Puerto Rico, which the show description says is the “inaugural destination for the show’s first Spanish-language countdown.” Performers are scheduled to include AJR and Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Don Omar, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windser, Masked Wolf, OneRepublic, Walker Hayes with Daddy Yankee delivering a hometown performance in Puerto Rico. (8 p.m. Friday, ABC; stream on fubo TV)

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest returns to host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022” on ABC.

“New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash: Bobby Bones and Rachel Smith host a special featuring performances by country music stars. (8 p.m. Friday, CBS; stream on Paramount + and fubo TV )

“United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream”: Chita Rivera hosts a concert taped at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Performers include Jencarlos Canela, Judy Collins, Midori, Sandi Patty, Lea Salonga, Paulo Szot, the Washington Ballet, the American Pops Orchestra, and more.(9 p.m. Thursday PBS)

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will host “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party” on NBC. (Photo: Vijat Mohindra/NBC)Vijat Mohindra/NBC

“Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party”: Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will be in Miami, Florida, for a special from executive producer Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) that’s billed as live, and livestreaming on Peacock. Those of us in the Pacific Time Zone will see the special starting at 9:30 p.m. Performers include Anitta, Brandi Carlile, Billie Joe Armstrong, Jack Harlow, Saweetie, 24kGoldn and Kitty Ca$h. (9:30 p.m. Friday, NBC; stream on Peacock and fubo TV)

“All American New Year”: The Fox News Channel New Year’s Eve coverage special will be based at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee. The broadcast will be hosted by “Fox & Friends” weekend cohosts Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth. Fox News Channel contributors and personalities also are scheduled to report from sites around the country, including New York City’s Times Square. (10 p.m. ET; Pacific Time Zone viewers can watch beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Fox News Channel)

— Kristi Turnquist

kturnquist@oregonian.com 503-221-8227 @Kristiturnquist





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