Miley, Demi, Rob Ford: NYE shows had something for all
TORONTO — Those who did not venture out on New Year’s Eve were treated to a mixed bag of countdown shows Tuesday night on TV.
On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (who spent the latter part of the broadcast handcuffed to each other) talked about everything from a 132-pound scrotum to a bra-less Gloria Vanderbilt (Cooper’s mom) when not going live to Vincennes, Indiana to watch 67-year-old comedian Gallagher smash watermelons.
In one of several awkward moments during the broadcast, Griffin asked Melissa Etheridge if she was wearing underwear — while CNN showed the singer’s surname misspelled on the screen.
Griffin and Cooper also had a surprisingly well-informed chat about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (both are fans).
CNN inexplicably kept the word “live” in the bottom right corner of the screen while showing New Year’s Eve countdowns in Moscow and London that had taken place hours earlier. (Were viewers really expected to believe midnight in London arrives at 10:20 p.m. EST?)
On ABC, Jenny McCarthy was reduced to doing live commercials for Weight Watchers during the awkwardly-titled Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Equally awkward were Seacrest’s greetings to singer Fergie — who hosted the L.A. performances — even though her segments (and the L.A. performances) were pre-taped.
Performing live in Times Square, though, were Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Seacrest later said of Dick Clark, who died in 2012: “We know he is with us tonight watching once again.”
At midnight, McCarthy smooched her boyfriend, singer-actor Donnie Wahlberg. Both also referred to “performing later” — and they were not talking about music.
NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly was co-hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch and featured performances by Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton.
On Canada’s only nationally-televised New Year’s Eve show, ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve, Demi Lovato proved that stars really are just like us when she fumbled with “Auld Lang Syne” as fireworks exploded over Niagara Falls. “I’m going to do some songs that I actually know the words to,” Lovato said before launching into her hit “Neon Lights.”
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