If you are staying in on New Year’s Eve or are wondering what to leave on TV for the non-social members of your party or simply out of curiosity – here is our guide to what is on TV on Thursday night – December 31.
If watching a four hour movie is your idea of closing the old year, then Seven is the answer for you with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on air from 8.30pm, finishing at 12.30am. That is followed by Room For Improvement at 12.30 then infomercials from 1am.
Nine is the channel to have on for the Sydney fireworks at both 9pm and midnight. In between the two fireworks displays, Nine will countdown the top 30 music videos of the year. At 7.30, Peter Harvey hosts “the Noughties – A Decade in Review” looking back at all the events of the last ten years. The 9pm fireworks coverage starts at 8.40, with the ARIA countdown from 9.10 and the midnight fireworks coverage from 11.40pm. At 12.10am, the movie “Can’t Stop the Music” is on.
At 7.30, Michael J Fox in the 1985 classic movie “Back to the Future” airs until 10pm. Shaun Micallef’s New Year’s Rave then sees out the year, finishing with the countdown at midnight. Following that is a special Video Hits presentation playing music videos to party the night away to. David Letterman is on at 1.45am.
At 8.35pm you can see the Glenn Miller story, then News at 10.29pm. The year ends with Sydney Symphony with Human Nature from 10.41 – 12.10am, which is followed by “And Now For Something Completely Different”. At 1.37am, an old movie “Body and Soul” plays. Personally, I have never understood why they don’t have a New Years’ special of Rage on all night. Only when New Year’s Eve is a Friday or Saturday does the ABC have Rage on.
ABC2 programming is essentially the same as any Thursday night. Shows are: 8.30 – the IT Crowd. 9.02 Chandon Pictures. 9.31 U2 Equals BBC. 10.23 Seal Soul Live. 11.10 The Graham Norton Show – which gets you past midnight. Then at 12.10, ABC2 is off air for the night.
While many kids do stay up late for New Years’, their only dedicated free to air channel will not be up with them. ABC3 programming is the same as any Thursday night with Blast Lab at 7.09, Jeopardy 7.39, Blue Water high 8.05 and Heartbreak high at 8.33. ABC3 closes, as usual, at 9pm.
Go baby, Go baby, Go! From 8.30pm until 1am, it is the South Park marathon. If you are a fan, then what better way to end your year? If you are not home, then set your recorder and play them during the day as you recover. From 1am on GO!, there is 4 hours of Father of the Pride. Normal programming resumes from 5am with the Partridge Family.
Normal programming on 7TWO with Fifth Gear at 7.30, Stargate Atlantis at 8.30, Double Shark from 9.30, then Strike Force at 11.15 followed by Monster Garage from 11.40 – 12.30am. A movie “The Saint’s Vacation” airs from 12.30 to 1.45am with AFL flashbacks from then.
Nothing special on SBS ONE or TWO. Movie Boudu from 10.00 and Respect Yourself: The Stax Records story from 11.50 – 1.50am.
At 9pm there is the Chorus, followed by My Wife is An Actress from 10.45 – 12.25am. Weatherwatch overnight follows.
Is showing sport – what else would you expect from a 24 hour sports channel? As the feed is live into all markets, there is nothing to mark it being midnight as this would have to happen at five different times. Programming for the night (EDT) includes UFC Wired at 9.30, UFC Countdown at 10.30, then F1 Rocks: Singapore at 11.30 and Omnisport at 12.30am. At 1am, it is the NASCAR Sprint Cup till 5.30. Adjust these times if you are not in eastern daylight time (eg WA is 3 hours behind so NASCAR would start at 10pm).
Some channels have New Years Eve marathons. Here are the highlights.
111 HITS -Friends marathon.
ARENA – Entourage marathon
DISNEY CHANNEL – Wizards of Waverly Place till midnight.
LIFESTYLE FOOD CHANNEL – Master chef (UK) marathon
OVATION – Get your New Year’s Eve Andre Rieu fix from 10pm.
THE COMEDY CHANNEL – Just for Laughs until midnight then a South park marathon all morning (so in theory, you could watch non stop South Park from 8.30pm till the next day by first watching GO then flicking over to Comedy some time between midnight and 1am)
W – Sopranos form 8.30 – 1.30am
PLAYHOUSE DISNEY. Got pre schoolers who just won’t sleep? Normal programming gives way to Little Mermaid 2 from 9.14pm, then Little Mermaid (Ariel’s Beginning) at 10.28. Home on the Range follows till 1am, followed by Tales of the River Bank. Normal programming resumes with Handy Manny at 2.18am.
CHANNEL V. 8pm Club V’s Tonne of Fun. 12am Club V.
MUSIC MAX. 4pm – 12midnight – top 100 countdown. From midnight, pick your party Max.
MTV. From 9pm – 12 Hour NYE Bender
VH1. 8.30pm Top 200 Get Naughty. 12am Top 40 of 2009.
V Hits. 9pm V Hits Chart Show. 11pm [V]intage. 12am. Hits all night into the morning.
All times are Australian Eastern Daylight time. All programming information is Sydney based and may vary in other markets. Some cable channels are live into different time zones, while others are delayed to air at local time. If in doubt, check your EPG or local guides.
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