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Midnight Madness

What to watch on New Year's Eve -- Our snap judgments on Dick Clark, Carson Daly, and Garrison Keillor's TV specials

What to watch on New Year's Eve

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (ABC)
Pros Clark is a classic, and cohost Ryan Seacrest is our favorite metrosexual with a mic.
Cons
Yes to Christina Aguilera and Fergie. But Meat Loaf?

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly (NBC)
Pros Daly has slightly more rock cred than Clark, Seacrest, and Deeley. And we're psyched for Panic! At the Disco.
Cons What if Tara Reid crashes?

New Year's Eve Special (Fox)
Pros Chris Daughtry (sorry, just Daughtry) brings the rock to Times Square.
Cons Is Cat Deeley, host of So You Think You Can Dance, the biggest name Fox could get?

Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special (PBS)
Pros The Prairie Home Companion host goes live from Nashville with the thinking person's holiday special.
Cons ...oh, sorry, I fell asleep.

Originally posted Dec 15, 2006 Published in issue #912 Dec 22, 2006 Order article reprints