What to Watch: Your Guide to 25+ New Year's Eve/Day Marathons, Specials and More!

new-years-eve-what-to-watchYou might think New Year’s Eve TV is all about the countdown, but we at TVLine have compiled plenty of other hidden gems for you to keep on your radar. As 2013 becomes ’14, enjoy marathons of current favorites (The Walking Dead, The Mindy Project), New Year’s specials and, of course, the most important 10 seconds of the year. Enjoy!

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
6 am — 8 pm Law & Order: SVU (USA Network) | Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, and the holidays and SVU marathons.

6 am — 3:18 pm Awkward (MTV) | Missing Jenna’s antics? Relive (almost) all of Season 3.

8 am — 5 am The Twilight Zone (Syfy) | The sci-fi marathon will include classic episodes like “The Hitchhiker” and “The Eye of the Beholder.”

8 am — 6 am Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) | It’s a full day of The Doctor, with programs airing in this order: The Companions, Tales From the TARDIS, Doctor Who Explained, An Adventure in Space and Time, four regular episodes of the series, The End of Time, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor and Farewell to Matt Smith.

the-fosters-new-years-eve11 am — 6 pm The Fosters (ABC Family) | With new episodes coming on Jan. 13, here is a chance to recap Season 1 with this marathon.

9 am The Walking Dead (AMC) | If you just finished AMC’s epic Breaking Bad marathon and thought you could finally get off the couch, guess again: Every Walking Dead episode ever will air back-to-back, until 5 am on Thursday.

11:30 am — 5 pm The Mindy Project (Bravo) | The marathon features all Season 2 episodes to date. (James Franco! Danny’s Secret Santa gift!)

7 pm Regular Show (Cartoon Network) | Rigby must stop Mordecai from kissing a girl on NYE.

8 pm New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music (ABC) | American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, The View’s Jenny McCarthy and pop star Fergie lead a two-hour countdown of the 30 greatest female artists in music. (New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 will immediately follow, featuring performances by Robin Thicke, Daughtry, Florida Georgia Line and others.)

8 pm A Toast to 2013! (NBC) | Today’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (and, presumably, plenty of wine) reflect on the biggest pop culture moments of the year.

8 pm — 1 am Modern Family (USA Network) | In the spirit of New Year’s Eve, have a drink every time you think Lily deserves a time-out.

8 pm — Wednesday at Midnighthappy endings ending Happy Endings (VH1) | File this under “a-mah-zing”: 28 straight hours of the dearly departed ABC comedy. There haven’t been this many Happy Endings since The Client List was on the air.

8 pm Live From Lincoln Center (PBS) | The New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert features music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

9 pm FNC’s All-American New Year (Fox News Channel) | If only because it will feature the first interview with Duck Dynasty cast members Willie and Korie Robertson since patriarch Phil’s suspension was lifted.

10 pm NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (NBC) | The Voice emcee rings in the new year with the best musical performances of 2013.

10 pm House of Lies Live! (Showtime) | Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and other cast members try their hand at long-form improv in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

10 pm Girl Code Presents: New Year’s Code (MTV) | Cast members from Girl Code and MTV2’s Guy Code discuss the dos and don’ts of New Year’s Eve parties, 2014 resolutions and other holiday faux pas.

11 pm New Year’s Eve Live (Fox) | The X Factor’s Mario Lopez hosts the evening live from Las Vegas, with performers including J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At the Disco. (What does it say about me that I only know who half of those acts are?)

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1
6 am — 2 am NCIS (USA Network) | NCIS_Eli_ZivaThis 20-hour “Resolve to Watch” round-up includes the episodes “Broken Arrow” (Welcome back, DiNozzo Sr.!), “One Last Score” (Everyone meet EJ!), “Baltimore” and the one-two gut-punch of “Shabbat Shalom” and “Shiva.”

10 am — Midnight Law & Order (WE tv) | Kick back with 14 straight hours of the original doink-doink! drama.

10 am — 6 am The Tudors (BBC America) | Before Jonathan Rhys Meyers was Dracula, he was King Henry VIII on this acclaimed series, which will air its first two seasons back-to-back.

11 am The 2014 Rose Parade (ABC) | Now in its 125th year, the two-hour event features floats, marching bands and equestrians. (Also broadcast on NBC, starting at 11:30.)

1 — 6 pm Ravenswood (ABC Family) | The spookfest returns with new installments on Jan. 7, but here you can catch up on every episode to date.

2pm — 2 am Burn Notice (ION Television) | My name is Michael Westen… and here’s a 13-hour marathon of my missions, starting with the series pilot.

2:30 pm Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 (PBS) | The Vienna Philharmonic rings in the new year, accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music) hosts. (Note: The special will encore at 8 pm.)

house-of-lies-new-years-eve2:30 — 9 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Need a refresher on Season 2? This marathon can help catch you up.

8:30 pm Remember Me (ABC Family) | Rebellious New Yorker Tyler (Robert Pattinson, Twilight) unexpectedly finds love in the one girl who understands him (Once Upon a Time’s Emilie de Ravin) — but buried secrets threaten to tear the couple apart!

9 pm The Tomorrow People (CW) | Repeat to Revisit: For those looking to play catch-up before the series returns on Jan. 15, this encore of the pilot is a great place to start.

10 pm The Exes (TV Land) | Special time! Stuart’s sister (The King of Queens’ Leah Remini) shows up unannounced at the guys’ apartment with news about her marriage. (Note: A new episode of Kirstie, featuring guest star Kathy Griffin, will air at 10:30.)

10 pm The Soup (E!) | Host Joel McHale and the cast of Community count down the 20 best (and simultaneously worst) TV clips of the year. Who will take the No. 1 spot? My money’s on the TLC Tyke Who Shall Not Be Named.

Which of the above is a must-see for you? Also, hit the comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.



Comments (46)

  • For me January 1 I’ll be watching SHERLOCK!!! Can´t wait!!!

    Comment by Kampa – December 30, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Curse you, you UK people!!! Us Stateside viewers have to wait until the 19th! I don’t think I can wait any longer…

      Comment by Ron – December 31, 2013 06:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For foodies The Cooking Channel has a12 hr marathon of My Grandmother’s Ravioli starting at 2 pm ET.

    Comment by Amanda – December 30, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Only thing I will watch is the Ravenswood. Only because I never saw them when they first aired so I will catch up on that and be ready for the premiere next week along with PLL.

    Comment by Cody Drennen – December 30, 2013 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was thinking about watching Ravenswood because I’m a sucker for teen dramas and the supernatural, but not sure if its worth it or not. I never watched PLL.

      Comment by Francine – December 30, 2013 07:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happy Endings marathon on vh1 starting the 31st!! Wahh I miss it so much

    Comment by Cat – December 30, 2013 06:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bravo’s doing a Mindy Project marathon? I am IN. If you haven’t seen Chris Messina dancing (which he does in the Christmas episode), treat yourself. :)

    Comment by scooby – December 30, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be watching the Happy Endings marathon on VH1, it literally runs all New Years Day.

    Comment by Jamie Paton – December 30, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For any people planning on watching the Rose Parade, the best way is on HGTV. If it’s like prior years, there are no commercials, and they give details about what the floats are made of.

    Comment by Cassandra – December 30, 2013 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thanks for the tip! That actually sounds pretty interesting to me.

      Comment by Francine – December 30, 2013 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s a float that will exhibit two gay males getting married (and presumably sealing the deal with a kiss). Just an fyi in case you don’t want your kids to see. I’m personally for gay marriage but not on a float during the Rose Bowl Parade. (Also think heterosexuals should be married in church, not on a float as a stunt). This post is not to be offensive but rather informative to those that would watch the parade. Happy New Year’s!

      Comment by Kiddoo – December 31, 2013 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If you think that you need to warn people about seeing a gay marriage on a float, you shouldn’t preface it with “I’m personally for gay marriage”. No one will believe you.

        Comment by Michael Angelo – January 2, 2014 06:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 8 pm — 1 am Modern Family (USA Network) | In the spirit of New Year’s Eve, have a drink every time you think Lily deserves a time-out.

    Better that than every time Gloria is loud and annoying, that one would be dangerous.

    Comment by Tom Charles – December 30, 2013 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happy Endings marathon for me. I watched the pilot on Amazon last night, and I suspect I’m an idiot for not watching it when it aired.

    Comment by Rory L. Aronsky – December 30, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SVU, NCIS and The Fosters!

    Comment by Lore – December 30, 2013 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • if you actually like the details of the rose parade the place to go is hgtv. They have experts on how they make the different colors and whatnot.

    Comment by hannah – December 30, 2013 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hpy new yr

    Comment by DhoOm dhoÖm – December 31, 2013 03:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t forget HGTV will have the parade commercial free

    Comment by inspector – December 31, 2013 04:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love NCIS marathons!

    Comment by Leanna – December 31, 2013 04:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on The Ultimate FanGirl Blog and commented:
    8 am — 6 am Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) | It’s a full day of The Doctor, with programs airing in this order: The Companions, Tales From the TARDIS, Doctor Who Explained, An Adventure in Space and Time, four regular episodes of the series, The End of Time, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor and Farewell to Matt Smith.

    Comment by Brie Stoll – December 31, 2013 04:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rose Parade then NCIS, especially Shabbat Shalom and Shiva cause Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly gave some of their best performances in this one-two punch episodes! Thank you, TVLine for listing the 2013-14 marathons! :)

    Comment by Marla (@zoyaroses) – December 31, 2013 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also Antenna tv is having a Jack Benny-Burns and Allen marathon today @ 7:30 a 3 stooges marathon beginning @ 3am tomorrow

    Comment by Eddie Ginsburg – December 31, 2013 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No question: I’ll be watching Happy Endings! I can’t believe it didn’t get snatched up by another network (TBS and USA, I’m looking at you…). I’ve seen lots of “pick up my favorite show, network ‘X’” after a fan-favorite has been cancelled by its original network (a la Cougar Town moving to TBS … wow, ABC drops the ball a lot). But truthfully, not since Jericho and the boxes of peanuts have I seen so much audience momentum to get a show re-picked up. I’m still in denial that it’s gone, and this ah-mah-zing marathon will at least subside my denial for a day.

    Comment by Ron – December 31, 2013 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WPIX in NY is doing it’s annual Honeymooners Marathon which begins as soon as the ball drops (It breaks from 4-9am for Pix Morning Show) and then runs non stop till 5 Pm Wed.

    Comment by Marc Klein (@EzzyNYC) – December 31, 2013 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What happen to the honeymooners in Delaware

      Comment by sheshe – December 31, 2013 08:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Panic! At the Disco? Really Fox? Is it New Years Eve 2004 or 2014?

    Comment by therealdave123 – December 31, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Starting Wednesday ION TV is showing a Burn Notice marathon starting at 2pm ET/1pm CT. They are starting with the pilot episodes.

    Comment by Dave S – December 31, 2013 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Added! — Mgmt

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 31, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Fosters!

    Comment by Columbus – December 31, 2013 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait for people to watch Happy Endings on VH1, talk about how great it is and how much of a shame it is that it’s not on tv anymore. Well if you watched it in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It’s Arrested Development all over again and yes, I’m bitter.

    Comment by Allison – December 31, 2013 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES! I KNOW! YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUB IT IN YET AGAIN! I’m already going to feel like a heel for not watching it in the first place! Thank you!

      Comment by Rory L. Aronsky – December 31, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • (To even it out, I’m a die hard “Pushing Daisies” fan, having watched it from when it first aired, so I know how you feel.)

        Comment by Rory L. Aronsky – December 31, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Encore classic is running Magnum Pi from 2 am-1230 am tomorrow!

    Comment by Nina – December 31, 2013 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Mindy Project on Bravo. Tomorrow The Exes and The Soup.

    Comment by Joey – December 31, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sundance Channel is beginning to show the original Law & Order from the very beginning New Year’s Day. Haven’t seen these early episodes in a long time, since TNT usually focused just on showing the McCoy years.

    Comment by Claudia – December 31, 2013 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Been watching the “Twilight Zone” marathon. Such a classic, awesome show. “The Hitchhiker” is one of my absolute favorite episodes-so freaking creepy.

    Comment by Angela – December 31, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish there was a Shirley Temple movie marathon. Last week, I enjoyed an Astaire/Rogers mini-marathon on TCM.

    Comment by JM – December 31, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopping on the Brit Air red eye for London tonight, so I’ll be watching an in flight movie.

    Comment by Stormy – December 31, 2013 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Most Def – watching The Soup. Anything with Joel McHale & Company!! Love all cast of
    Community! Back on Jan 2nd!

    Comment by Norkir – December 31, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • #sixtyseasonsandanamusementpark

      Comment by drew – December 31, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • happy newyears Eve all famliy

    Comment by nova5700 – December 31, 2013 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is up with E!? I’m in SoCal and have Time Warner Cable. This is not the first time this has happened. E! high def channel is not showing The Soup, but rather the movie Juno. I have to go to the standard def channel if I want to watch The Soup. This also happens often with Chelsea Lately. Her show gets preempted for some movie on the High Def feed. Why do they do this? E! is an LA based company, yet they treat the locals like 2nd class viewers.

    Comment by HAP – January 1, 2014 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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