Some highlights of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day television programming:
“The Twilight Zone” marathon (Tuesday, Syfy): A festival of episodes of Rod Serling’s classic fantasy-suspense anthology has been a TV indicator of the new year for quite some time, and it remains in place.
“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music” (Tuesday, ABC): Thanks to Dick Clark Productions’ extensive archive of performances from “American Bandstand” and past New Year’s Eve specials, it’ll be easy for this show’s staff to gather clips of the ladies on the list.
“Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma” (Tuesday, PBS; check local listings): The cello master joins the orchestra for a celebration recorded in September and featuring Ravel’s “Bolero”; Audra McDonald hosts.
“That’s Entertainment!” (Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies): It’s become a tradition for the channel to mark New Year’s Eve with the hugely enjoyable 1974 compilation of scenes from MGM musicals, and it does so again. Principal TCM host Robert Osborne also introduces the two sequels and “That’s Dancing!”
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 With Ryan Seacrest” (Tuesday, ABC): In its second year since the passing of its founder, this staple of New Year’s Eve viewing continues with Seacrest still carrying the mantle … and Jenny McCarthy and Fergie returning as co-hosts. Artists including Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Derulo start the festivities in prime time; as usual, those resume in late-night. Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel (in segments from his New Year’s Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also are on the bill.
“NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” (Tuesday, NBC): Just as the Seacrest-hosted event does, Daly begins the celebration in prime time and carries it past stations’ late local news. Jane Lynch co-hosts, and Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are among the music stars on board.
“New Year’s Eve Live” (Tuesday, FOX): As in past years, Times Square and Las Vegas will be the focal points for the network’s coverage as midnight approaches. Mario Lopez hosts the main portion from Vegas, with J. Cole and Panic! At The Disco among those supplying music.
“New Year’s Eve With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” (Tuesday, CNN): How will Griffin mortify Cooper this time? You just know she’ll find a way as they share hosting duties in New York’s Times Square for the seventh consecutive year.