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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – 40 Years of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Seriously, how is that guy still celebrating? The man once thought of as an eternal teenager tonight celebrates forty years of ringing in the New Year from Times Square. Although for the last few years, because of declining health and age, Dick Clark has been sharing those duties with Ryan Seacrest, who is definitely primed to take over that empire. Will we be seeing Seacrest still doing this in another 40 years? Will he still be hosting American Idol

1. College Basketball. Louisville at Kentucky. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. Overboard. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star in a movie I thought would be just alright, but not only did I really enjoy it, it’s become one of my favorites. 11:00 AM CT ABC Family

3. College Football. Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl from Houston. Northwestern vs. Texas A&M. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

4. College Basketball. Virginia Tech at Oklahoma State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN2

5. College Football. Hyundai Sun Bowl from El Paso. Georgia Tech vs. Utah. 1:00 PM CT CBS

6. College Basketball. Providence at Georgetown. 1:00 PM CT ESPN2

7. College Football. AutoZone Liberty Bowl from Memphis. Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt. 2:30 PM CT ABC

8. College Football. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl from San Francisco. Illinois vs. UCLA. 2:30 PM CT ESPN

9. College Basketball. Illinois at Purdue. 3:00 PM CT ESPN2

10. Role Models. A PR team for an energy drink get community service after one of their school visits goes badly. They become Big Brothers, of sort, to two troubled boys. Christopher Mint-Plasse, aka McLovin, is a standout as a teenaged RPG player. 3:30 PM CT FX

11. U.S. Snowboard Cup. 4:00 PM CT NBC

12. College Basketball. Ohio State at Indiana. 5:00 PM CT ESPN2

13. College Football. Chick-Fil-A Bowl fro Atlanta. Auburn vs. Virginia. 6:30 PM CT ESPN

14. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party. Clips of the past year’s celebrations. 7:00 PM CT NBC

15. Strange Sex: The Year’s Best. The top 10 strangest stories. 7:00 PM CT TLC

16. College Basketball. Gonzaga at Xavier. 7:00 PM CT ESPN2

17. The Bourne Ultimatum. The third in the Bourne series starring Matt Damon as amnesiac Jason Bourne searching for his real identity with the CIA assassins following him. 7:30 PM CT CBS

18. College Basketball. Oregon at Washington. 9:00 PM CT ESPN2

19. New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly. The start and end time depends on your particular time zone, and here in Chicago we start, then end for local news, then pick up again. Carson will ring in 2011 in Times Square with Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Tony Bennet among others. NBC

20. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012. Again the start and end time depends on time zone. Dick and Ryan host with Jenny McCarthy providing reports from Times Square. ABC

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