New Year’s Eve TV Specials Ban Alcohol

Major networks say “No More Alcohol”.  The new boss at CNN told staffers that on air talent won’t be able to drink alcohol on or off camera for their annual New Year’s Eve television special.

There are rumors that Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will be exempt from the alcohol ban.  Cohen recently said, “I just want you to know that Anderson and I are going to party harder than we have ever partied before on New Year’s Eve”.


Don Lemon has gained viral social media status for his alcohol fueled antics.  During another a memorable broadcast, an inebriated Don Lemon declared himself to be a “grown-a– man” who was “able to share my point of view on television and it freaks people out and you know what … You can kiss my behind, I do not care. I don’t care”.



This year’s CNN celebration will be the first under new CEO Chris Licht.  We are confident that it won’t disappoint.

Which networks will follow the trend of banning alcohol on New Year’s Eve for their on air hosts?  The major media networks have announced their upcoming television specials.

Broadcasting the ball drop from New York’s Time Square started in 1928 with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.  Until the 1970s, The Royal Canadians continued the tradition after Guy Lombardo passed away but American public craved more.

Dick Clark stepped in with his live ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ broadcasts beginning in 1973 on NBC.  He became more famous for this than his Saturday show American Bandstand.  Dick Clark became the nation’s go-to guy for midnight December 31st. Ratings were huge.  After 1974, Dick Clark moved his iconic show to ABC.  Dick Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 so other celebrities were brought in to be the primary host.

See the full list of national New Year’s Eve TV Specials.


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest

Where: ABC
When: 8:00 p.m.-2:13 a.m.
What: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest is the preeminent destination for viewers to ring in the New Year. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square, the show celebrates the year’s very best in music featuring a night superstar performances. The nation’s most-watched New Year’s Eve celebration, which gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, will wrap up the holiday season and kick off Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder celebration. Details around co-hosts, performers in Times Square and additional locations will be announced closer to show night.


New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash

Where: CBS
When: 8-10pm, ET
What: Tune in to the star-studded television special, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, airing on CBS Television Network Saturday, December 31 (8-10pm, ET/PT, 10:30pm-1:30am, ET/PT) and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. The five-hour television celebration will feature nearly 50 performances from locations across the city, including the main stage in Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

Performing on the CBS special New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash: Little Big Town and more to be announced soon


Miley Cyrus’ 2022-23 New Year’s Eve Special

Where: NBC
When: 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET/PT
What: Miley Cyrus will be returning to NBC this New Year’s Eve to host her second go of Miley’s New Years Eve Party to kick off 2023. Last year,  the special was a massive success with co-host Pete Davidson and SNL produce Lorne Michaels.  The event drew in a whopping 6.3 million viewers and was the number-one trending NYE special on Twitter.

More details are coming about this year’s special.


‘New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen’

Where: CNN
When: 7:00 CST/ 8:00 EST
What:  Andy Cohen will return to CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage for 2022, a network spokesperson said, as Cohen addressed some of the alcohol-fueled on-air rants he made while hosting the most recent event with Anderson Cooper.

“I can confirm that Andy will be back next year,” the spokesperson said.

Some of Cohen’s moments from the Friday/Saturday telecast went viral, particularly a rant against outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In another moment during the coverage, Cohen slammed the New Year’s Eve festivities playing out on ABC, with Ryan Seacrest as host. “If you look behind me, you will see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing,” Cohen said. “If you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”‘All American New Year’.


All-American New Year’s Eve

Where: Fox News Channel
When: 10:00 PM – 1:30 AM EST
What:  Hosted by “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-anchors Pete Hegseth and Rachel Campos-Duffy, Fox News’ New Year’s Eve spectacular will include a line-dancing competition, a Times Square scavenger hunt and stand-up comedy, as well as dispatches from Nashville, New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., and Tampa Bay, Fla. More details will be announced soon.





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