Breaking down your New Years Eve programming

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Happy New Years Eve! The champagne’s on ice, the confetti’s itching to be thrown and you’re ready to tackle the evening with your friends and family. But whether you’re planning on a wild night out with your pals or a quiet evening at home with the kiddies, one thing’s for sure—you’re going to watch the ball drop somewhere.  But what to watch?

We’ve got you covered below with a breakdown of all you need to know about New Years Eve programming. Tonight, it’s all about that shiny crystal ball that’s a’droppin in Times Square.

Network: ABC

Program Title: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Host: Ryan Seacrest with assists from Jenny McCarthy & Fergie

When & Where: Festivities start at 8 pm from Times Square and Los Angeles

Performers: Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and Psy & MC Hammer from New York; Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Pitbull, Karmin, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding, The Wanted, Brandy, Flo Rida and OneRepublic from Los Angeles.

You should watch if: You’re old school. You yearn for the days of American Bandstand and milk that cost 25 cents a jug.

Network: CNN

Program Title: New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin

Host: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin

When & Where: Live at 10 PM from Times Square

Performers: n/a

You should watch if: You have a pulse. Come on, people! Hilarity ensues, akwardness abounds and Kathy Griffin is sure to strip down to her skivvies. We can only hope America’s favorite silver fox will do the same.

Network: FOX

Program Title: New Year’s Eve Live!

Host: Marlan Wayans

When & Where: Live at 10 PM from Las Vegas

Performers: Carmen Electra, Lifehouse and The X Factor winner Tate Stevens (previously announced performer Phillip Phillips dropped out)

You should watch if: You really like Carmen Electra?

Network: FOX News Channel

Program Title: All-American New Year

Host: Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer

When & Where: Live at 11 PM from Times Square

Performers: Pat Benatar, Sarah Brightman and the cast of Million Dollar Quartet

You should watch if: You’re Jeff Foxworthy

Network: NBC

Program Title: New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly

Host: Carson Daly with assist from Angela Kinsey of NBC’s The Office

When & Where: Live at 10 pm from Times Square

Performers: Train and The Voice winner, Cassadee Pope, along with a musical retrospective of the best live performances of 2012 (Justin Bieber in Mexico City, Coldplay from the Paralympics closing ceremony, Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl XLVI, etc.)

You should watch if: You’re old school. You yearn for the days of TRL, AOL and askjeeves.com.

Network: MTV

Program Title: CLUB NYE 2013

Host: Jersey Shore‘s Snookie and J-Woww

Performers: Ke$ha, Ne-yo, Rita Ora, Sean Kingston and Conor Maynard and The Knocks

When & Where: Live at 11 pm from MTV’s Times Square studios

You should watch if: Mu$t we $eriously explain? 

So there you have it! All the details you need to make an educated, informed decision come December 31st.  There’s no need to worry about anything until New Years Day, when resolutions must be made and you need to decide whether to join the gym or reduce your carbon footprint.

Let the celebrations begin!

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