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'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '14 with Ryan Seacrest': Minute-by-minute rundown

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First off — Happy New Year! The 42nd Annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 with Ryan Seacrest on ABC features an extensive run of celebrity performances and interviews leading up to the famous Times Square ball drop midnight in New York. It also features the longest title of any ongoing annual television special. 

Here’s a rundown of all the awkward moments and performances that you may have missed during your NYE festivities:
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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin count down to 2014: 5 outrageous things that happened before midnight

It’s out with the old and in with the new – year that is. And for the seventh year in a row, silver fox journalist Anderson Cooper and the feisty and funny Kathy Griffin hosted their annual New Year’s Eve count down live from Times Square on CNN. Griffin sent Cooper a shirtless tweet before the telecast, hinting at some familiar wild antics like in year’s pasts. Would 2013 end differently? Yeah, we didn’t think so either. EW counted down to Midnight with the CNN odd couple and here are five of the most outrageous things that happened on air.
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Cheers to 2013! Ring in the new year with pop culture-inspired cocktails

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This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in style with themed cocktails based on some of 2013’s most memorable pop-culture moments. Once we pop the cork on our cultural cocktails below, it’ll be likely “We Can’t Stop.” In fact, if you “Take Back the Night” with these themed libations, you’ll be having less than a 20/20 Experience… you’ll probably be seeing “Blurred Lines” (hey hey hey!).  READ FULL STORY

New Year's Eve specials: Which one is right for you?

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It’s that time of year again, when people on TV giggle over the phrase “balls dropping.” As the countdown to 2014 begins, you might choose to binge-watch your way through zombie carnage or Happy Endings reruns. But if you prefer to watch something live — and by “live,” we mean “while guzzling cheap champagne at a safe distance from Times Square’s Port-O-Potties” — we’ve got you covered. Below, check out our rundown of which special might be right for you.
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'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?': Pick the best version -- POLL

“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” — is there any more romantic question? People do a lot of self-evaluating going into a new year, and if someone wants to spend that most hallowed of nights with you, you must be pretty special.

In 1947, musical-theater vet Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) put that sentiment to music with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” And now that Christmas music is behind us, it’s time to move on to the New Year’s classics. (Check out our Ultimate Holiday Playlist here.)

Who had the best version of this NYE standard? Check out our six choices and place your vote below.
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Your guide to New Year's Eve marathons 2013

Before you attend your New Year’s parties, you have to decide what to do during the day on New Year’s Eve. Surely it can’t take you 12 hours to get ready for a party. And if you choose to relax a little (or a lot) in front of the television, we’ve rounded up your viewing options. Well, if by viewing you mean marathoning and never leaving the sofa.

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New Year's Eve preview: Kathy Griffin already making Anderson Cooper giggle, squirm -- VIDEO

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For years now, the best part of staying in on New Year’s Eve has been watching the battle of wills between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN as he worries that she’ll swear, strip, and/or throw something at the artists performing on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, those are very real concerns because she has done all three (and worse), which we’re reminded of in the video below of the duo, along with Griffin’s beloved box wine-loving mother Maggie, previewing this year’s festivities (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET). READ FULL STORY

Kathy Griffin talks about Anderson Cooper's crotch on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

After comedian Kathy Griffin pretended to perform oral sex on the CNN anchor during their annual New Year’s Eve coverage, she went on The Late Show with David Letterman to — well, “apologize” would be the wrong word — explain herself.

“If you think this is the part where I’m gonna apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken,” she said. Watch the video below!

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Kathy Griffin kisses Anderson Cooper's crotch... for good luck?

How low can she go? That was the question for CNN viewers early Tuesday morning as they watched comedian Kathy Griffin drop to her knees and plant a smooch on Anderson Cooper’s pants zipper during the live New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square in New York.

CNN has made a New Year’s Eve tradition of matching the bottled-up Cooper with the uncorked Griffin, who is essentially an imported disaster to keep things interesting for the breaking news pro. Griffin stripped down to her bra during last year’s broadcast, for instance, a searing memory that had Cooper twitching with anxiety as soon as this year’s edition began at 10 pm on Monday. “I’m sweating already,” admitted the man who has covered atrocities in Rwanda, bedlam in Lebanon and calamity in Louisiana. Griffin didn’t calm him with her response, which hinted at her future target:  “I’m going to tickle your sac.” Shortly after midnight, Griffin casually lowered herself to Cooper’s crotch and delivered a kiss that was audible to the television audience.

To add a touch of the surreal to the seamy stunt, Griffin’s maneuver was apparently inspired by a report by a CNN correspondent in Eastport, Maine, who was explaining with a weird gusto the briny local tradition of kissing a giant sardine on the final night of the year.

With all the chum in the water, Griffin wasn’t about to let her victim off the hook  and the broadcast devolved into a strange dance in confined quarters – it was like Life of Pi but this tiger was wearing lipstick. “You’re scaring me,” Cooper said in a flat voice of a victim who can’t process the horror in front of them. He added: “This is getting to be the night bad things happen.”  That may be the perfect soundbite to promote next year’s broadcast or, come to think of it, an efficient catchphrase for any holiday with spiked punch.

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MTV's 'Club NYE': Will the Mayans curse Snooki and JWoww and 12 more questions

Happy New Year, PopWatchers! What better way to ring in 2013 than a little quality time with two of the world’s finest reality starlets? MTV’s Club NYE featured a bevy of celebrity guests, but by far the most entertaining were the always reliable Snooki and JWoww (oh, and I suppose you, Jeff Dye). With Jersey Shore on its way out (R.I.P.), this might have been our last New Year’s Eve with the ladies, so I hope you, like me, just sat back and enjoyed the chaos. And what chaos it was! In honor of 2013, here are 13 questions about Club NYE. Answer if you can, sit in bewilderment if you will, but above all else, please be nice to the Mayans.

1. Were Snooki and JWoww drunk? What do you think? “We are clearly intoxicated,” JWoww proclaimed boldly.

2. Did you see any “bottles popping” and/or “booties dropping”? Apparently it was happening all over Times Square. Related: What does that even mean, Jeff Dye?

3. What was Ke$ha’s coat made of? It was so shiny!

4. Is it PC to refer to a British accent as a Harry Potter accent? Probably not, but Conor Maynard handled Snooki’s faux pas rather well. Granted, he might have been more offended by the fact that JWoww referred to him as a “little guy.”

5. Where was Lorenzo? Was I the only one wondering what Snooki’s baby was up to? Jionni Lavalle was in the audience warding off Snooki’s admirers, so where was the babe?

6. Are an orange scarf and a wool coat warm enough for Times Square in December? No, no they are not. Embrace the parka, Jeff Dye.

7. Will Jeff Dye see “The Hunger Games 2” with Ke$ha? It doesn’t come out until Thanksgiving, but I hope he holds her to her promise. Could you imagine a more awkward date? (Side note: it’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, not “The Hunger Games 2.”)

8. Will you use Ne-Yo’s tutorial on dancing with a drink in your hands? I appreciate that he took into account that most of us are in fact clutching drinks when bustin’ moves on the dance floor. However, I also noted that his drink example of choice was champagne, which — for future reference — is not exactly relatable for the hoi polloi, Ne-Yo.

9. Can you get a cab in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Jeff Dye (notice I can’t not write his full name) seems to think so. I beg to differ.

10. Will the Mayans seek vengeance on Snooki and JWoww? I’m not sure telling a culture to “suck it” was the wisest choice of words.

11. Are you at all intrigued by Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters? I think I have the trailer memorized by now. It played during every commercial break.

12. Did Jeff Dye throw his underwear at Ke$ha? Actually, I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that. Plus, surely he’s saving himself for their Hunger Games date.

13. Which Jersey Shore cast member would you want your child to turn out like? Definitely Season 6 Ron.

Read more:
Cheers to 2012! Pop culture-inspired cocktails to ring in the new year
PopWatch Planner: A Dick Clark tribute, ‘Downton Abbey’ returns and more
A look back on Dick Clark’s best New Year’s Eve moments — VIDEOS

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