How to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve: A guide to all the TV specials

TV specials such as Dick Clark’s annual “Rockin’ Eve” and “New Year’s Eve Live” with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will broadcast on Dec. 31.

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New Year’s Eve is when the mistakes of the old year are forgotten and the “new year, new me” mantra enters the chat.

Whether you’re heading to Times Square to watch the ball drop and countdown to 2024 or celebrating with family and friends with champagne and confetti at a party, New Year’s Eve is the time to leave the past behind.

And there’s no better way to take in the upcoming 365 days than to watch a medley of TV specials commemorating the last day of 2023.

From Dick Clark’s annual “Rockin’ Eve” special to best buddies Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper giving hilarious drunk commentary on CNN, there are plenty of shows to tune into on Dec. 31.

Cohen, 55, iconically went on a liquor-fueled rant in the early hours of 2022 during a broadcast with Cooper, 56, when the Bravo host bashed former New York City mayor Bill De Blasio.

CNN then revealed in November 2022 that on-air talent was barred from drinking during the New Year’s Eve festivities. However, Cohen and Cooper were excused from the prohibition at the time, and in November Cohen asked the network to reverse the ban.

Here’s a guide to all of the TV specials that will broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash

The Nashville bash will air on CBS starting at 7:30 pm. CBS

“New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” will get the party started in downtown Nashville beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on CBS and Paramount+ for the third year in a row.

The special will be hosted by country music star and Grammy-nominated artist Elle King and “Entertainment Tonight” reporter Rachel Smith. 

Singers taking the stage for the country music fest include Old Dominion, Elle King, Thomas Rhett, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lainey Wilson. Joining them are Trace Adkins, Grace Bowers, Kane Brown, Jackson Dean, HARDY, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Trombone Shorty, Morgan Wallen and Bailey Zimmerman.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is hosting his New Year Eve special for the 19th year in a row. Disney

Seacrest is hosting the event for the 19th year and will be joining Rita Ora in Manhattan’s Times Square.

Jeannie Mai is hosting the party in Los Angeles while Dayanara Torres is emceeing the bash in Puerto Rico.

Starting at 8 pm ET, the show will air on ABC and feature a plethora of the hottest musical performances.

Crooners in Hollywood include Aqua, Doechii, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends with Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp with Coco Jones and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will be emceeing the CNN broadcast. FilmMagic

Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Cohen and Cooper will be headlining the fête on CNN.

In a statement, Cohen expressed his joy over the gig. “There’s no one I’d rather spend New Year’s Eve with and nowhere I’d rather be at midnight than New York’s Times Square,” he said.

“Spending New Year’s with my dear friend Anderson is my idea of a great time, and a happy tradition that I look forward to all year long.”

Ludacris will be performing at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Other CNN correspondents will also be reporting on the festivities across America.

Performers who will grace the stage are Darius Rucker, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert and Rod Stewart.

A-list celebs like Jeremy Renner, Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LaBelle and Bowen Yang are also scheduled to make appearances.

Who Can Forget 2023 / A New Year with Tyrus

Nile Rodgers will appear at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest celebration. WireImage

Fox News will host their own New Year’s Eve specials beginning at 10 p.m. ET titled “Who Can Forget 2023.”

They will then air “A New Year with Tyrus” at 11 p.m. ET.

Both shows will look back at 2023’s most memorable moments and viral trends.

“Who Can Forget 2023” will be emceed by “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer, “FOX & Friends Weekend” star Pete Hegseth, “FOX Across America” lead Jimmy Failla, “Kennedy Saves the World” star Kennedy and “FOX & Friends First” host Todd Piro.

“A New Year with Tyrus” will be led by Fox News contributor and wrestler Tyrus.

Michelle Tafoya, Sean Duffy, Rick Flair and Tyler Fischer will also be making appearances.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

The New Year’s Eve Ball special celebratory design was revealed at Times Square in New York on December 27, 2023. REUTERS

The official ball drop countdown will broadcast on NBC and live on the TimesSquareNYC.org website.

Coverage will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will also be able to stream on Hulu, fuboTV, YouTube TV and on the Times Square official X page.

Singers such as Flo Rida, Paul Anka, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla, Sabrina Carpenter, Jelly Roll, Maria Becerra and Yng Lvcas will be rocking the house down and ring in the New Year.

The Nashville bash will air on CBS starting at 7:30 pm. CBS

Ryan Seacrest is hosting his New Year Eve special for the 19th year in a row. Disney

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will be emceeing the CNN broadcast. FilmMagic

Ludacris will be performing at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Nile Rodgers will appear at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest celebration. WireImage

The New Year’s Eve Ball special celebratory design was revealed at Times Square in New York on December 27, 2023. REUTERS

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