We all have our favorite New Year's Eve traditions. For some it's going out on the town for parties, champagne, and fireworks. For others, it's staying home with a special someone. And by "special someone" we mean "special someones." And by "special someones" we mean Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Here's a guide to tonight's "Ring In the New Year" specials and tomorrow's marathons.
Ring in the Night
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2013 (ABC, 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-2:10 a.m.) The Auld Lang Syne institution Dick Clark founded in 1973 celebrates its 40th edition without its maker. Ryan Seacrest will officially inherit the mantle from Clark who died last April of a heart attack at 82. Performers include Justin Bieber, The Wanted, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Ellie Goulding, and Jason Aldean. Starting two hours before the main event at 8:00 is a two-hour tribute to Dick Clark and his television legacy.
New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (CNN, 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.) Cooper and Griffin trade barbs and the CNN Standards & Practices Dept. collectively cringes. Expect Tom Foreman to run with his daughter through Central Park at the stroke of midnight and extensive coverage of the dropping of Sushi the drag queen in Key West.
MTV's Club NYE 2013 (MTV, 11:00 p.m.-12:05 a.m.) Snooki and JWOWW oversee a tanned MTV New Year's party. Performers Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, and Rita Ora will try to sing over the one million Times Square attendees and Snooki's whine.
New Year's Eve With Carson Daly (NBC, 10:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) Daly pulls up his folding chair to the Times Square festivities.
During the Day
America's Next Top Model (Oxygen 10am-10pm) If your 2013 resolution is to perfect the art of smizing, this will be the perfect marathon for you. Work it. Doomsday Preppers (Nat Geo, 8am): We survived Doomsday! Take that, Mayans! What better way to celebrate than by spending your time planted in front of the television to watch Doomsday Preppers? Fringe (Science, 10:30am) Still confused about what happened last night? Trying to figure out Fringe probably won't help matters much. Lost (G4, 10am-5pm) We have to go baaaaaaaack...to watching episodes of Lost. The Lying Game (ABC Family, 11:30am-5:30pm) Are those Pretty Little Liars not enough for you? Then be sure to check out what you've missed from The Lying Game, ABC Fam's latest hit that features another gaggle of attractive lying liars. Season 2 debuts on Jan. 8, so hurry up, already! My Strange Addiction (TLC, 11am- 6pm) Feel bad about all that hangover food you're wolfing down? Don't! At least you're not eating paper or glass like these folks! Portlandia (IFC, 6pm on Monday through 6pm on Tuesday) The 90s may still be alive in Portland, but Portlandia is alive and well in the 2000s. The quirky comedy favorite will play for 24 hours straight will give fans the chance to have a Battlestar Gallactica-like marathon of obsession. The Twilight Zone New Year's marathon (SyFy, 8am-4:30am, and on Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 6am-5am) This one is a yearly can't-miss. When else can you see Anthony sending people to the cornfield, the broken glasses of Henry Bemis, and those pig people all in one day? The Walking Dead (AMC, 9pm-5am) Have you been missing out on The Walking Dead's best season yet? For shame! See what my husband Daryl Dixon and the rest of the gang are up to before the show returns (after an epic cliffhanger midseason-finale) on Feb. 10. Hangover Cure Bunheads (ABC Family, 11:00am-6:00pm) Fan of le dance? Well, ABC Family is running a marathon of the summer episodes of Bunheads, leading into the movie Dirty Dancing at 6:00pm, and the network TV premiere of Burlesque at 8:30pm, for a dance themed day — too bad you spent last night dancing the night away, right? The Hangover (TBS, 11am-8 pm) Pretty clever, TBS. Relive the unforgettable antics of the Wolf Pack on January 1. Maybe The Hangover will become to New Year's Day what A Christmas Story is to Christmas and it will soon play on a 24-hour loop. [Photo credit: AMC] MORE: Holiday TV Marathon Guide: What to Watch When Hanging Out With Family Becomes Unbearable The Best and Worst TV Episodes of 2012—Staff Picks Staff Picks: The 15 Best TV Shows of 2012 (And the 5 Worst) You Might Also Like: Britney Spears to Be Fired From ‘X Factor’: Report 20 Hot (and Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes
Well, that wasn't really awkward at all.
MTV's gem of a scripted teen dramedy Awkward started as candid glimpse into 15-year-old Jenna's (Ashley Rickards) well, awkward existence. After suffering a legitimate accident, our heroine is supposed by her entire high school to have attempted suicide. It earns her notoriety and the ire of the resident mean girls, but it also pushes her towards it-boy Matty, who refuses to date her publicly, but has no problem taking her V-card. Enter Matty's best friend, who has a genuine interest in Jenna and you've got yourself a good ol' fashioned love triangle. And Season 2 opens with the same theme. The problem is, the episode is missing most of the elements that made the quirky little series so Awkward in the first place.
Jenna opens the premiere by writing in her blog, "I've gone from the girl who tried to commit suicide to the girl who has a date on New Year's Eve." And that single line about sums it up. Season 1 was chock full of yummy romantic entanglements, but the real issue was Jenna's school-wide rep. She was navigating a sea of obstacles, including her bubbly, girly bestie and her own mother. It was the journey of the underdog, and it was cathartic for anyone who never made it to the top of the cheerleading squad's pyramid.
After dumping Matty for good, Jenna is spending Christmas break making out with Jake in every clandestine spot she can find. And because Jake is the polar opposite of his friend, he's quick on the "online committed" trigger. There's just one problem: Jenna can't bring herself to accept his request. And that indecision leads Jake into faux-masculine-decision-town, where he tells Matty he and Jenna are "just hanging out." Dude, you have no idea, but you've just opened a big ol' can of competing worms.
Matty picks up what Jake's unknowingly laying down and when he gets a moment alone with Jenna, he drops the bomb: He wants another chance. Seriously? He proclaims his intentions to be "better this time" and seals up his case with the ever solid I-took-your-virginity card. Yes, Matty. That is definitely how virginity works. It's basically a mark to ward off all other potential male suitors. Matty was here first, so your argument is invalid. Oh, the teen male's twisted brain, however does it function?
Ultimately, Jenna's big choice comes down to the New Year's Midnight kiss. And after escaping to talk to a frazzled and cat-laden Val, she realizes she's letting her fears about feeling rejected (thanks to Matty's refusal to acknowledge their relationship) guide her. So just in time, she waltzes into the party and kisses Jake right at midnight while mean girl Sadie walks into to find Matty drunk and destitute in the wake of losing Jenna. He kisses her when she says she doesn't want to hear about Jenna, but when he passes out, it's clear he's just grasping at anything that might help to ease his pain. Where did this come from and where was it last season?
Much to Matty's further dismay, Jake and Jenna are online official by episode's end but there is one sort of awkward problem: Jenna tells Jake she no longer possesses a V-card and it freaks him out a little. It's clear that while he gets over it in the romantic light of the Christmas tree, he's going to be wondering about when she lost it and who she lost it too. And if he finds out it's Matty, well, things are going to jump right past awkward and land in good ol' violent territory.
But let's hope Jenna doesn't descend into the land of teen characters defined by their hunky suitors. Perhaps the season premiere focused mostly on the boys in order to snare a bigger audience. We can't lose our outcast lady so soon in the series! Let there be more awkwardness, please.
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Awkward Season Premiere
Once we learned Will Forte was leaving his perch at Saturday Night Live, we were a little miffed. It seemed like he was the last remaining cast member from the Will Ferrell and Tina Fey eras, and now that he's moving on to do something else, it's like we'll REALLY have no reason to watch the show. In many ways, he was it!
Today we learned the three cast members who'll replace Forte, and possibly two other oldies who haven't announced their departures yet: first is Taran Killam, who's been on Mad TV, How I Met Your Mother, and Cobie Smulders (with whom he has a kid. Get it?). Also joining the cast are Chicago comedians Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer. A simple Google search of Paul Brittain brings up his SNL future, but also a website for a broker and trader who I assume isn't the Paul Brittain who'll be joining the show..but if it is, SNL got an awesome guy to kick the political satire up a notch. A search for Vanessa Bayer brings up a profile at the iO Chicago Theater, which I only know about because it was featured on a season of MTV's Real World. It appears she also worked with Second City, which is cool enough for school.
You know, even though they're new and everything, we should still be nice to them. They could turn out to be really awesome and know how to pick locks so we can go into the school's storage closet and get some tools that'll be helpful in completing our senior prank. Or they could grow up and be the next Tina Feys, which would mean we'd never have to spend another New Year's Eve in a Mac store.
Diaz fights back
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are countersuing the two photographers who claim they were attacked by the couple after trying to snap them together on a Hollywood night out. The paparazzi duo have alleged in court papers they were beaten when they tried to take photos of the celebrity couple last month, adding Diaz stole one of their cameras. But now the actress is fighting back, claiming the two snappers jumped out on her and her boyfriend and tried to provoke a fight in order to take better pictures. In the suit, Diaz insists she only took a camera "for purposes of later trying to identify the men."
Actor Aude released from Pakistani jail
Van Wilder actor Erik Aude is celebrating Christmas like never before after being released from a Pakistani jail. The California actor was released by Pakistani authorities on Christmas Day after serving almost three years of a seven-year drug trafficking sentence in Islamabad. Aude, a part-time fitness instructor, was arrested and imprisoned in February 2002 after leather jackets he was picking up for a colleague in America turned out to contain drug packages. Aude's conviction was overturned just before his release last week after the man who employed the actor to illegally pick up his drugs was arrested at Los Angeles' LAX airport. Aude's mother Sherry, who has been fighting her son's conviction from her home in Lancaster, California, says, "It's like a gift to all of us." The actor was expected to be back home yesterday.
Kidman treats children to match without Bing
Nicole Kidman treated her two children to a LA Lakers basketball game on Christmas Day without her billionaire boyfriend Steve Bing. The Oscar-winning beauty, 37, took daughter Isabella, 11 and 9-year-old son Conor to watch their beloved team lose to Miami Heat in the high-profile match at Los Angeles' Staple Center. Other Hollywood stars enjoying the sport included Kidman's Cold Mountain co-star Renee Zellweger, Sylvester Stallone and Courteney Cox Arquette.
Lohan in huge demand over New Year's Eve
Lindsay Lohan is so in demand over New Year's Eve--she has commitments at different end of the United States within hours of each other. The ubiquitous Mean Girls actress, 18, who was recently hospitalized for exhaustion, has agreed to host a party at South Beach's Opium Garden in California with Jessica Alba--as well as perform on MTV's Total Request Live late on 31 December in New York city. It is then believed Lohan will fly to Miami, Fla., in a private jet. A source says, "She will have to get through all the New Year traffic to Teterboro (Airport), fly to Miami and then drive from the airport." I don't know what she is thinking. No way she'll make it to that club before 4am."
Barton's plans for 2005
The OC star Mischa Barton has big plans for 2005--she hopes to learn how to drive and buy her first home. The pretty actress admits she's on the hunt for a "fixer upper" home in Los Angeles, so that renovating it can become her hobby when she's not working. She says, "Every place my family and I have ever lived in is a fixer-upper and there's something rewarding about buying a place like that. "In New York, we bought a loft space that was in a factory and converted it into a real loft. In London, we pretty much built the whole house." And she plans to get her driving licence so that her mother doesn't have to taxi her around all the time. She adds, "I know she's getting tired of it... It's something I know I have to do, but when I see how the paparazzi follow cars I'm in, I'm so glad I'm not driving because I know I'd get flustered."
Everett lashes out at outspoken John
British actor Rupert Everett has lashed out Elton John's new 'addiction' for insulting celebrities this year, which have included his close pal Madonna. The My Best Friend's Wedding star believes the outspoken singer compensates his previous propensity to over-indulge in drugs and food - with a new set of habits which include gossiping about fellow singers. Everett says, "I think Elton has lost it completely. He loves to tell you how he overcame addictions--drugs, bulimia... He did not overcome addictions. He went from one to another... All these
shopping sprees, and not controlling his mouth."
Movie trip turns into African aid mission
Former Friends star Giovanni Ribisi was dealt a savage dose of reality on the set of new movie The Flight Of The Phoenix in Namibia when a field trip on a day off turned into an aid mission. The actor, who played Phoebe's brother Frank on the hit sitcom, was shocked when he and cast mates visited one African village riddled with malaria. He says, "We visited this indigenous tribe called the Himbas. There were basically four women there and one of them had malaria and she was trying to take care of a two-week-old baby. "We went out and found medicine for her. This was the real deal... Africa is so raw."
Model to sue Bardem over broken nose
Spanish actor Javier Bardem is set for a courtroom battle after his wild dance moves resulted in former model Jill Marshall nursing her broken nose. The 35-year-old heartthrob was dancing with Marshall at the New York premiere party for his latest film The Sea Inside earlier this month when disaster struck on the dance floor. PageSix.com reports Marshall has hired attorney Sanford Rubenstein to handle her case. Marshall fumes, "It felt like a baseball bat hitting me in the face," before admitting she is having reconstructive surgery to correct her broken nose. An onlooker at the party in Manhattan hotspot Gypsy Tea says, "He was crazy-dancing. He was totally out of control--it was like he thought he was Justin Timberlake onstage. I've never seen anything like it."
Hoffman: 'premature ejaculation makes me a better lover'
Dustin Hoffman's sex life is getting better with age--because he's a longtime premature ejaculator. The bawdy movie star confessed he suffered from the embarrassing problem during a recent appearance on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show America, but he insists middle age is helping him deal with his bedroom mishaps. He explains, "We are all premature ejaculators. It's the way we're built. I mean we can't help it. It's the DNA. "A person of my age becomes a wonderful lover once they reach my age because once a premature ejaculator, always a premature ejaculator--but when you reach my age, it takes about an hour and 20 minutes."
Ledger shocks TV host with talk of grabbing 'weenies'
Heath Ledger shocked American audiences by talking about grabbing "weenies" with his male buddies whilst wearing "thongs". The Australian actor, 25, stunned host Regis Philbin with his antipodean colloquialisms for having a hot dog while sporting flip-flops as he detailed the way he bonds with his male pals over Christmas. Ledger says, "I was promoting my film on The Regis and Kelly Show. "Regis asked me what I did Down Under for Christmas fun, so I told him that me and my mates liked to put on our thongs and grab weenies and look at the world go by, and that was our perfect way to male-bond. The whole audience just went silent, and Regis was all frantic gesturing for a commercial break. At the break, I explained that in Australia, Christmas is our summer and thongs are flip-flops, not G-strings, and I meant putting hot dogs (weenies) on the barbie (barbeque)."
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In the bubble gum kingdom of pop princesses, Mandy Moore is seen by media and fans alike as the only goody two shoes left of what was once a Bubblicious bunch.
Perhaps it's because Moore doesn't wear navel-revealing hip-huggers or low-cut shirts like the other teen singers. She seems happy being herself.
And for that, we love her.
"I'm probably the most boring, lame 17-year-old out there," Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm not necessarily sending out the message that you shouldn't dress provocatively."
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have been criticized in the past for being too sexy too soon, but when it comes to Moore there is nothing but praise for her work and her image.
Our message to Mandy?
If you think you're "boring," then you are the most talented, "boring" teen performer we know. Keep it up!
Elegy for Jackass
If you thought comedian Tom Green went a little too far when he sucked a cow's udder in order to drink his milk, then you haven't seen MTV's controversial series Jackass. And perhaps now you won't, since the show's host, Johnny Knoxville, has walked to focus on his film career.
And I, for one, am glad to see it go. Jackass is television at its most foul. Green was sick but funny. Knoxville, on the other hand, is purely disgusting.
I still cringe when I remember the one (and only) time I saw the show. Knoxville organized an eggnog-drinking and raw egg-eating competition, then laughed at the contestants who puked yellow slime into an empty bucket--and onto each other.
I was this close to puking myself.
Fortunately, Knoxville told the Knoxville News-Sentinel on Monday that he wanted to quit the show because "people [had] become inured to the shock value.".
I may not be quite inured, but I can't tell you how glad I am that this useless show is over. Perhaps it had to do with the bodily functions involved. Maybe I don't enjoy being puked on. But that's just me.
No more Woodstock reunion
A planned celebration of Woodstock's 32nd anniversary has been scrapped, Jim Cuttler, the organizer of a Woodstock reunion/political rally told the AP on Wednesday.
Apparently, the city of Bethel, N.Y., site of the original Woodstock festival in 1969, was granted a temporary restraining order to hold off the reunion and make the town off limits for camping.
"It was just too much to try and deal with all the hassles," Cuttler said.
And we don't blame him.
It will not be easy to forget the scenes from 1999's Woodstock after widespread riots and even fires in the campgrounds injured fans at the event.
I guess the "peace, love, and rock 'n' roll" motto the hippies who attended the 1964 Woodstock created can only be found in the pages of music history.
Spears, J.Lo, Staind to perform at 2001 VMA's
With Britney Spears and J.Lo performing at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, we should be in for a treat. After all, Spears stripped into an incredible skin-colored bikini last year. This year can only be better.
Believe me, she will surprise all of us.
Most musicians use their MTV performances to be innovative and even to re-create their image, since the music channel serves as an open door between the artists and their fans.
Also on the list of performers scheduled are 'N Sync, Ja Rule, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Staind and U2, MTV News reported on Tuesday.
Hosted by comedian Jamie Foxx, the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live Sept. 6 from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Music fans swamped with new album releases
If you're getting bored with your music collection, now is the time to indulge yourself with new material from your favorite artists.
Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium hit stores on Tuesday, and the furious, nonstop grindfest features tracks from various performers on this year's tour. Songs by Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson will bring back memories of one of the hottest tours of the summer.
David Bowie will release two albums showcasing some of his unreleased work on Sept. 11. The first album, All Saints, is reportedly a collection of rare instrumentals Bowie compiled in 1993. The second release, Christiane F., originally the soundtrack to the film of the same name on vinyl, will now be re-released as a CD.
Jam band Phish will release the first wave of a series of Live Phish albums this fall, Rolling Stone magazine reports. The collection includes six CDs of live, unedited concerts in their entirety. The first five albums will come out Sept. 18 with the sixth making its way to stores in early October.
DMX will release his fourth album, The Great Depression on Sept. 25. The album has been delayed since the rapper starting an acting career (he appeared in 2000's Romeo Must Die).
And finally, the burning question. What color will Gwen Stefani's hair be on the cover of No Doubt's fourth album, Rock Steady when it's released on Dec. 18? "This is going to be the most adventurous and eclectic No Doubt album yet," guitarist Tom Dumont wrote on the group's official Web site. We have no doubt about that. Stefani's recent performances have included a duet with ever-eclectic Moby and a collaboration with rapper Eve on the single "Let Me Blow Ya Mind."