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There's lots to celebrate this New Year's Eve. For one thing, the Mayan people's dire, end-of-the-world prediction didn't pan out. Phew!
On the other hand, it will be a bittersweet celebration for Dick Clark fans. After helping us ring in the new year for four decades, Clark passed away in April at age 82. His successor, Ryan Seacrest (who took over the main hosting duties for ABC's New Year's special in 2004, after Clark's stroke) is cautiously optimistic about his first time without his mentor in the studio.
"I'd like to say I can imagine how it's going to feel, but I'm not quite sure," says Seacrest. "I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him…But the night will be, as he would want, a celebration of what's to come: Dick was always one to say, 'The show must go on.'" That said, the network is kicking off the evening with a tribute to Clark: New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
And while the ABC celebration tends to be the most popular place to watch the Times Square ball drop, TV celebrations abound this year. Here are your options:
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (10 p.m. ET, ABC)
Hosts: Ryan Seacrest in New York and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas in Los Angeles
Special Correspondents: Jenny McCarthy, who'll mix it up with the party people in Times Square
Performing in New York: Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees
Performing in L.A.: Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One Republic and Pitbull
New Year's Eve With Carson Daly (10 p.m. ET, NBC)
Host: Carson Daly
Special Correspondent: Angela Kinsey (from The Office) out in Times Square.
Special Appearances: The Voice coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera; Jay Leno, Nick Offerman, Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Parenthood.
Performing in New York: Train and Cassadee Pope, winner of The Voice
The show will also feature a musical retrospectives of the year's greatest acts, including: Justin Bieber in Mexico City, Coldplay from the Paralympics closing ceremony, Madonna's halftime show at the Super Bowl XLVI, Adele from Albert Hall, The Spice Girls from the Summer Olympics closing ceremony, PSY from the MTV European Music Awards, Beyonce from World Humanitarian Day and David Guetta from Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro.
New Year's Eve Live! On Fox, telecast from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (11 p.m. ET, Fox)
Host: Marlon Wayans
Performing: Tate Stevens, winner of The X Factor; Carmen Electra and Lifehouse
Even though Phillip Phillips bowed out of the show earlier this month, another Fox singing competition winner will be taking over the spot of honor. If you're a country lover, then this is the NYE show for you, considering Stevens will be taking the stage alongside Lifehouse.
MTV's Club NYE 2012, telecast from New York's Times Square (11 p.m. ET, MTV)
Hosts: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley and Money From Strangers comedian Jeff Dye
House DJ: The Knocks
Performing: Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard
Interested in ringing in 2013 with a few fist pumps? Look no further! If you're wondering how a host prepares to be on the global stage on New Year's Eve, this is how JWoww is getting ready for the big night: "I'm trying to find the happy medium of not-drunk, but drunk." Roger that!
CNN New Years Live With Anderson Cooper (10 p.m. ET, CNN)
At 12:30 a.m. ET, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and HLN's Susan Hendricks will count down the New Year, Central Time, from Jackson Square in New Orleans and the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, respectively.
Hosts: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
Special Correspondents: Isha Sesay out in Times Square. Correspondent John Zarrella will be counting down from Key West, Fla., and Gary Tuchman from Eastport, Maine.
Performing: Cooper and Griffin are entertainment enough, believe us.