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Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Will Ferrell came up with the Cord & Tish Rose Parade idea, and it took nearly two years to make it happen
Funny Or Die first approached the Tournament of Roses with Ferrell’s idea in early 2016, but it took more than a year and a half to get a deal done because the company was the first new broadcaster in “like 15 years,” says Funny Or Die’s Chris Bruss, who was executive producer of the broadcast, which found a partner in Amazon. Will Cord & Tish return for 2019? “It’s probably too soon to say for sure,” he says. “Obviously we were with the Amazon folks all day on the 1st. They seemed to be thrilled with everything. We’ve had a chance to have a couple good conversations with them since then, as well, and it seems like everybody over at Amazon is super thrilled with just, you know, just creatively how the whole thing came together.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
New Year’s Day was the second-most watched day in ESPN’s 38-year history
An average of six million tuned in for ESPN’s New Year’s Day bowl games, which included the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The No. 1 most-watched day happened on New Year’s Day 2015.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen was CNN’s most-watched New Year’s Eve special ever
The Watch What Happens Live host replacing Kathy Griffin turned out to be a good move for CNN, as the new edition topped the previous year by 8%.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Grammy-level viewership watched Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve comeback
The 11:30 p.m.-12:32 a.m. ET segment of the ABC special featuring Carey topped last year’s Grammys in the key 18-49 demo. About 25.6 million total viewers watched the singer’s comeback, which was close to the 26 million who watched the Grammys last year.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Rose Bowl generates big ratings
The Georgia-Oklahoma college football playoff matchup did not, however, match the 2015 Rose Bowl, which set a record for the playoffs.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Many viewers had no idea Amazon’s Cord & Tish Rose Parade coverage with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon was a joke
The inaugural Cord & Tish event received many one-star reviews by perplexed Rose Parade viewers. “The announcers need to just stop talking!!,” wrote one commenter. “Their inane comments are distracting and irritating.”
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Steve Harvey officiated Maria Menounos’ wedding in Times Square on New Year’s Eve
The wedding, a part of Fox's New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square, has been a long time coming for Menounos, who has been in a relationship with her new husband Keven Undergaro since April 1998.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Mariah Carey is coming back to ABC's New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to redeem herself after last year’s mishap
Carey and Dick Clark Productions released a statement Friday saying: “We can all agree that last year didn't go exactly as planned and we are thrilled to move forward together to provide America with an incredible night of music and celebration on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018. See you in Times Square!” ALSO: Here’s a rundown of New Year’s Eve TV specials.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 2:05PM EST
Dave Chappelle will have two New Year's Eve specials on Netflix
Chappelle had originally signed on for three Netflix specials, the third of which was to air on New Year’s Eve. Now Dave Chappelle: Equanimity will be joined by Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation, adding a fourth standup special to his deal.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 5:41PM EST
Comedy Central will celebrate New Year’s Day with a Chappelle’s Show marathon
All 28 episodes of the beloved comedy series will air on New Year’s Day, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Britney Spears to end her Las Vegas residency with a Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performance
Spears is set to perform after the ball drops on the ABC special. ALSO: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will air live in China for the first time.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Read a list of holiday TV marathons
Comedy Central has a That ’70s Show marathon every day through Friday. ALSO: Here are 13 holiday specials that are currently available for streaming.
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Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 1:38PM EST
Ciara will join Ryan Seacrest for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018
The singer will serve as the West Coast correspondent, as Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy helm the Times Square segments.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 3:42PM EST
Fox’s New Year’s Eve special trades Pitbull for Steve Harvey
Harvey, the host of numerous TV shows and specials, has never hosted a New Year’s Eve special. His Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square succeeds Pitbull's New Year's show, which aired on Fox the past three years.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 2:43AM EDT
PBS will celebrate New Year's Eve with a Leonard Bernstein tribute
New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway will be shown on PBS stations around the country.