New Year’s Eve TV: ABC, CNN, Fox, NBC count­down

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New Year’s Eve spe­cials tend to sprawl.

The one that sprawls the most, in time and ti­tle, is “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” on ABC. It starts at 8 p.m. Tues­day, breaks for lo­cal news at 11, re­sumes at 11:30 and goes till 2:13 a.m.

Post Malone will per­form just be­fore the ball drops in Times Square, where Seacrest and Lucy Hale will host. The ABC lineup in­cludes BTS, Sam Hunt and Ala­nis Moris­sette, who per­forms with the Broad­way cast of “Jagged Lit­tle Pill.” Jonas Brothers will usher in 2020 from Mi­ami.

Also for ABC, Billy Porter hosts from New Or­leans, where Sheryl Crow and Usher will sing. Ciara hosts the West Coast party seg­ments, which fea­ture Paula Ab­dul, Kelsea Bal­lerini, Dan + Shay, Green Day and many oth­ers. Coun­try singer Jessie James Decker will an­nounce the First Power­ball Mil­lion­aire of the Year soon af­ter mid­night.

CNN coun­ters with An­der­son Cooper and Andy Co­hen host­ing at 8 p.m. from Times Square for the third year in a row. The evening’s most free­wheel­ing hosts will wel­come Christina Aguil­era,

Lenny Kravitz, Sha­nia Twain, Patti La­Belle, Keith Ur­ban, 50 Cent, the Chainsmok­ers and co­me­dian-ac­tress Dulcé Sloan. At 12:30 a.m., Brooke Bald­win and Don Lemon take over from Nashville.

CNN will draw on re­porters Stephanie Elam, Randi Kaye, Richard Quest, Bill Weir and Gary Tuch­man. The back­drops range from the Brady Bunch House to Key West.

Steve Har­vey head­lines “Fox’s

New Year’s Eve” from Times Square for the third year in a row. He starts at 8 p.m., breaks for lo­cal news at 10, re­turns at 11 and wraps up at 12:30 a.m. His fel­low hosts are Maria Me­nounos and for­mer NFL star Rob Gronkowski.

The Fox tal­ent lineup in­cludes LL Cool J fea­tur­ing DJ Z-Trip, Vil­lage Peo­ple, Lau­ren Alaina, the Chainsmok­ers, the Lu­m­i­neers, Florida Ge­or­gia Line, the Back­street Boys, Tyga and the Killers. Gor­don Ram­say, Will Ar­nett and

Jenna De­wan will make cameos.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020” will be hosted by Car­son Daly, Ju­lianne Hough and tWitch. They start at 10 p.m., break for lo­cal news at 11, re­sume at 11:30 p.m. and fin­ish at 12:30 a.m. The tal­ent lineup in­cludes Blake Shel­ton, Gwen Ste­fani, Keith Ur­ban, Ne-Yo, Brett El­dredge, Les­lie Odom Jr., X Am­bas­sadors and the Struts.

NBC starts prime time with “A Toast to 2019!” at 8 p.m. Tues­day. Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager host the two-hour spe­cial that fea­tures Kris­ten Bell, Martin Short, Maya Ru­dolph, Tony Hale, Terry Crews, Nikki Glaser and many oth­ers.

On PBS, “New York Phil­har­monic New Year’s Eve 2019” will cel­e­brate Broad­way com­poser Stephen Sond­heim. The “Live From Lin­coln Cen­ter” broad­cast starts at 8 p.m. and runs 90 min­utes. Tony win­ner Ka­t­rina Lenk, who head­lines a Broad­way re­vival of “Com­pany” next year, will be guest vo­cal­ist. The phil­har­monic will per­form suites from “Sun­day in the Park With Ge­orge,” “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd.”

per­son ticked off “that our lead­ers keep push­ing for more growth” — you have won the 2019 best com­ment in my opin­ion but also add that our wildlife can’t han­dle it ei­ther. Start vot­ing th­ese peo­ple out!

wrote about hav­ing to wait for wheel­chair pas­sen­gers is truly the Grinch of Christ­mas! If the wheel­chairs are staged be­fore the plane ar­rives, they have to be re­moved with oc­cu­pants first so the pedes­trian traf­fic can walk un­en­cum­bered up the jet­way. The writer doesn’t re­al­ize that wheel­chairs are only pre-staged less than 50% of the time, and we wheel­chair rid­ers must wait for all 179 pas­sen­gers to get off first if the wheel­chairs are not there. So quit com­plain­ing!

off and to­tally dis­gusted at how many id­iot driv­ers do not know what a merge lane is and don’t know how to use it. They sit there block­ing ve­hi­cles be­hind them, wait­ing for the light to change or for all lanes to be clear. A merge lane is there for you to turn into, ac­cel­er­ate to traf­fic speed and safely merge. Try­ing to merge from a stand­still is a lot dif­fer­ent from merg­ing at 55 mph. So wake up dimwits! Get with it and stop block­ing ve­hi­cles be­hind you wait­ing to turn!

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