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Mariah Carey will return to Times Square for New Year’s Eve. Two Dave Chappelle specials come to Netflix.
What’s On TV
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS Frigid temperatures in the single digits won’t stop marquee performers from flocking to the spotlight in Times Square, as several networks compete for your attention at home. DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE (8 p.m. on ABC), hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy, will offer Mariah Carey a shot at redemption after last year’s meltdown. Steve Harvey will lead the celebrations on FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE at 8 p.m., with performances from Celine Dion and the Backstreet Boys. Andy Cohen has been tapped to replace firebrand Kathy Griffin on CNN’s NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE (at 8 p.m.), where he’ll mine his chemistry with longtime friend and verbal jousting partner Anderson Cooper. And Univision will look to sunnier skies as it broadcasts its coast-to-coast party ¡FELIZ 2018! (at 9 p.m.), featuring a performance from Pitbull in his hometown, Miami.
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BREAKING BAD 2 p.m. on AMC. A pair of pants floated through the tranquil New Mexican desert, and television changed forever. Ten years after those slacks went airborne — and were promptly crushed by an RV driven by Bryan Cranston in his underwear — AMC will celebrate “Breaking Bad” with a monthlong marathon. The breathtaking and frenetic pilot, which airs Sunday, doesn’t come close to foreshadowing the twists and turns of this modern epic on drugs and the American family.
NEW YEAR’S EVE (2011) 8 p.m. on TBS. There’s some chance you’ll sincerely enjoy this star-studded holiday movie, which includes Robert De Niro, Halle Berry and Jessica Biel. But it’s more likely to be a hate-watch candidate — it currently sits at 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen Holden, in The New York Times, called it “a depressing two-hour infomercial.”
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). No one did more to bridge the gap between Lincoln Center and Broadway than Leonard Bernstein, who conducted the New York Philharmonic through a golden age while writing seminal musicals like “West Side Story” and “On the Town.” On Sunday, his former orchestra will celebrate the centennial of his birth with a program that includes segments from those two works, as well as other excerpts across opera, musical theater and ballet. Bramwell Tovey conducts, and Broadway stars Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Jackson, Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit will perform.
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DAVE CHAPPELLE: EQUANIMITY & THE BIRD REVELATION on Netflix. Die-hard fans of the acidic comedian Dave Chappelle have gone from famine to feast. After waiting 13 years for a new stand-up special, audiences will receive four new ones from Mr. Chappelle this year. His first two stayed away from President Trump entirely: “He’s so skewed, it’s hard to find an angle that sounds fresh,” Mr. Chappelle told The Times in an interview this year. But the two specials that arrive on Sunday — which were filmed in September and December — will dive into the current political climate to cover the president, class divisions, racial tensions and more.