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A round-up of all the TV options as we count down to 2015

Emily Yahr (c) 2014, The Washington Post. It’s a crucial component to any New Year’s Eve, wherever you are — which channel should you flip on to watch the countdown to 2015? You have several choices, but we’re highly in favor of any TV option that could lead to a good old-fashioned late-night train wreck. Here’s a round-up of some New Year’s Eve specials and performers; reasons to watch each one; and how likely it is that something crazy will happen:

– New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (CNN)

When: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: New York City

Hosts: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, best frenemies

Extras: Correspondents around the world reporting on New Year’s traditions, including New Orleans, the Bahamas and the Crab Drop in Easton, Md.

Why to watch: Cooper’s quote in CNN’s news release: “I’ve given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There’s no point. I’m just hoping for the best.”

Train-wreck chances: High, per usual. It’s live TV and Kathy Griffin can (and will) literally say anything to Cooper’s faux-horror. Their chemistry is off the charts at this point — it’s their eighth year hosting together — so, really, craziness is just a foregone conclusion.

– Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 (ABC)

When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., break for local news, then 11:30 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.

Where: New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville

Hosts: Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy from NYC, Fergie from LA

Performers: Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Idina Menzel, Elton John in New York; Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum in Nashville; Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Charli XCX, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Pentatonix, Rixton, Meghan Trainor, Brantley Gilbert, Ella Henderson, Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz and Train in Los Angeles.

Why to watch: Cap off the year of T-Swift, of course! And, you know, the one and only Pentatonix.

Train-wreck chances: Definitely possible, if not for the sheer amount of hours that leads to a higher possibility of something going wrong. Seacrest is always good for an awkward moment, too.

– New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (NBC)

When: 10 to 11 p.m., break for local news, 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: New York City Hosts: Actors Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine Nine”) and Ken Marino (“Marry Me”), plus model Chrissy Teigen

Performers: Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Seth MacFarlane, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

Why to watch: If you really miss “The Voice,” three out of the four coaches are performing. Guess Adam Levine had better New Year’s plans.

Train-wreck chances: Middling to high. Hey, MacFarlane is there, for some reason.

– Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (Fox)

When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., break for local news, then 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Miami

Hosts: Pitbull, aka Mr. 305! (He’s apparently downgraded from Mr. Worldwide.)

Performers: Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, the Band Perry, Becky G

Why to watch: To marvel at the agelessness of Iglesias; to finally figure out what the kids are talking about with Fifth Harmony.

Train-wreck chances: Low to middling. Pitbull trots out some lame jokes when he’s hosting anything (ahem, American Music Awards), but these performances should be fairly tame.

Other options:

– “All American New Year” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) The network’s Bob Beckel, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Anna Kooiman, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Jesse Watters host, with correspondents Bernard McGuirk and Joanne Nosuchinsky chatting with people in Times Square.

– “New Year’s Eve Dance Party” (Fuse, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Exactly what it sounds like.

– “A Toast to 2014!” (NBC, 8 to 10 p.m.): Fourth-hour “Today” co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford look back at the biggest stories of 2014, with special appearances from lots of NBC stars and Weird Al.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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