What to Watch Tonight

Your Guide to TV's Big New Year's Eve Countdowns and More


On TV this New Year’s Eve: Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly and Anderson Cooper count down to 2017, Syfy hosts its annual Twilight Zone-athon and Kelly Clarkson rocks Seth Meyers’ primetime special. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • Syfy
    The Twilight Zone Marathon

    Through Monday at 4 am | The annual marathon features 128 classic episodes, including “Twenty-Two” and “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.” (View full line-up.)

  • IFC
    Portlandia Marathon

    Through 6 pm | Ahead of Season 7 (premiering Thursday), the basic cabler gives viewers a chance to binge on Seasons 5 and 6. (Get premiere date.)

  • IFC
    The Three Stooges Marathon

    Through Sunday at 3:15 pm | Ring in the nyuk-nyuk-nyuk-nyew year with Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.

  • ABC
    Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

    Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, PLL‘s Lucy Hale and Fergie host a bicoastal celebration/countdown; Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, DNCE and John Legend are among those scheduled to perform.

  • CNN
    New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin

    The eponymous duo return for their 10th consecutive year as cohosts, live from Times Square. Expect entirely unscripted hijinks.

  • NBC
    A Toast to 2016!

    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb reminisce about 2016 with new Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger, crooner Michael Bublé, Olympian Simone Biles and comedian Dana Carvey.

  • NBC
    Late Night With Seth Meyers New Year's Eve Special

    Guests include Schwarzenegger, Passengers‘ Jennifer Lawrence and SNL‘s Leslie Jones; Kelly Clarkson performs. (Watch best late night clips of 2016.)

  • Fox
    Pitbull's New Year's Revolution

    The Miami-based countdown’s guest list includes Biz Markie, Coolio, Naughty By Nature, Rob Base, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc and Young MC; Pitbull, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg host.

  • NBC
    New Year's Eve with Carson Daly

    Alicia Keys, Pentatonix, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Lopez perform; America’s Got Talent judge Mel B. serves as Daly’s co-host. (View NBC midseason schedule.)

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Repeat to Revisit: Benedict Cumberbatch hosts, with musical guest Solange. (Watch the Top 10 sketches from fall 2016.)