Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

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New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Primetime show
Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
FormatNew Year's television special
Created byDick Clark
Presented byDick Clark (1974–2004, 2006-2012)
Ryan Seacrest (2005–present)
Fergie
Jenny McCarthy
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes39
Production
Running time(Primetime, 10:00–11:00 p.m.) 60 minutes
(Part One, 11:35 p.m.–1:05 a.m.) 90 minutes
(Part Two, 1:05–2:05 a.m.) 60 minutes
Production company(s)Dick Clark Productions
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (December 31, 1972–December 31, 1973)
ABC (December 31, 1974–December 31, 1998; December 31, 2000–present)
Original airingDecember 31, 1972 – present
 
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New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Also known as

Main show
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Primetime show
Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
FormatNew Year's television special
Created byDick Clark
Presented byDick Clark (1974–2004, 2006-2012)
Ryan Seacrest (2005–present)
Fergie
Jenny McCarthy
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes39
Production
Running time(Primetime, 10:00–11:00 p.m.) 60 minutes
(Part One, 11:35 p.m.–1:05 a.m.) 90 minutes
(Part Two, 1:05–2:05 a.m.) 60 minutes
Production company(s)Dick Clark Productions
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (December 31, 1972–December 31, 1973)
ABC (December 31, 1974–December 31, 1998; December 31, 2000–present)
Original airingDecember 31, 1972 – present

New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest is an annual television special that airs every New Year's Eve on ABC, broadcasting live from festivities at New York City's Times Square. The special features performances from various contemporary artists, as well as coverage of the dropping of the Times Square Ball in New York City's Times Square. The program airs live in the Eastern Time Zone, and then on tape delay in the other areas of the United States so that the show is correlated to when midnight strikes in the other respective time zones.

Its host, creator and namesake was entertainer Dick Clark, who hosted coverage of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square for ABC (through both the show and ABC's special coverage of millennium celebrations) annually from 1975 to 2004—when the complications of a stroke less than a month prior prevented him from participating in the 2005 edition, resulting in Regis Philbin substituting as host. While Dick Clark would return from 2006 to 2012, his role on Rockin' Eve became more limited due to Clark's dysarthria (a lingering effect from the stroke), as Ryan Seacrest became the main on-air host from Times Square.

On April 18, 2012 the long-time host of the show, Dick Clark, died after suffering a heart attack.

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Format

New Year's Rockin' Eve is primarily broadcast from Times Square in New York City, providing coverage of the New Year's Eve festivities held there, along with musical performances at Times Square by pop musicians, and culminating with the long-running ball drop leading to midnight and the new year. Since 2000-2001's edition, coverage has begun with an hour-long primetime show airing at 10:00 PM ET/PT,[1] which is then followed by the main New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast—typically tape-delayed to begin at 11:35 PM local time in order to allow the countdown to correspond with the local [time zone. Following the ball drop, the show continues on with pre-recorded musical performances from a studio in Hollywood. Since the 2006-2007 edition, these segments have been hosted by Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson of The Black Eyed Peas.

Since 2005, Ryan Seacrest has hosted the live show outside in Times Square (along with a celebrity correspondent providing additional reports from attendees). From his return and until his death, Dick Clark hosted a limited number of segments from a studio overlooking the square at Times Square Studios.

History

New Year's Eve TV Specials Before Rockin' Eve

Before Dick Clark, the best-known New Year's Eve shows on radio and then television were hosted by bandleader Guy Lombardo, who hosted 21 consecutive New Year's Eve shows from 1956 to 1976 on CBS, and for a time in syndication. Lombardo's first radio broadcast on New Year's Eve was heard on December 31, 1928 over CBS Radio, and for a time he even split hosting duties by broadcasting on CBS Radio before midnight EST and on NBC Radio after midnight. Lombardo would host 48 straight New Year's Eve broadcasts until his death in 1977, and famously performed "Auld Lang Syne" by his Royal Canadians as the clock struck midnight.[2][3]

Once the Lombardo orchestra began their annual television shows, there would be a live segment from Times Square, which was (and still is) the focal point of the nation's largest New Year's celebration. In the early years of Lombardo's television specials, pioneer broadcast journalist Robert Trout reported on and counted down to Midnight in New York's Times Square; but for most of Lombardo's years on television, another legendary newsman, Ben Grauer, had the honor.

The first New Year's Eve special on television was broadcast on December 31, 1941 on WNBT New York, and consisted of entertainment broadcast from the Rainbow Room, atop the RCA Building in New York's Rockefeller Center.[4]

Due to World War II, there were no more New Year's Eve specials on television until December 31, 1945. WNBT produced a remote broadcast of festivities in Times Square. While NBC had begun to feed programs to WRGB in the Albany area and WPTZ in Philadelphia, information is unavailable as to whether either or both of these stations broadcast the program, or if it was seen just locally in New York.[5]

Dick Clark would host at least one New Year's Eve television special prior to the debut of New Year's Rockin' Eve—a special edition of his popular music series American Bandstand, which aired on December 31, 1959 on ABC from 11 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. Eastern time.[6][7]

Early years, rise in popularity

By the 1970s, Dick Clark had believed that Guy Lombardo's New Year's broadcasts were alienating younger viewers, feeling that only an older generation of viewers would enjoy big band music accompanied by "people dancing cheek-to-jowl in their tuxedos and funny hats."[3] In response, Clark decided to produce a New Year's Eve special of his own to compete—which would be known as New Year's Rockin' Eve, a name chosen to signify the major contrast between his broadcast and the more formal atmosphere of Guy Lombardo's broadcast. The first edition, Three Dog Night's Year's Rockin' Eve 1973, was aired by NBC on December 31, 1972, and was hosted by the members of the rock band Three Dog Night. The special featured performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears, Helen Reddy and Al Green—all of which were pre-recorded from the ballroom of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.[3][6][8]

The second special, New Year's Rockin' Eve 1974, also on NBC, was hosted by comedian George Carlin and featured musical performances by The Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Linda Ronstadt and Tower Of Power—which were again pre-recorded on-location from the Queen Mary.[9] Beginning on the 1975 edition, the program moved to ABC, and Clark assumed hosting duties. Following Guy Lombardo's death in 1977, the popularity of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve quickly grew, and soon became a television tradition of its own. Dick Clark would host the special for 33 straight years.[6][10][11]

ABC 2000 Today, 2001 expansion

For coverage of the year 2000, New Year's Rockin' Eve was not broadcast. Instead, Dick Clark participated in ABC News's day-long telecast, ABC 2000 Today, which as a part of a international broadcast consortium, televised New Year's Eve celebrations from around the world welcoming the year 2000. Dick Clark would join overall host Peter Jennings and ABC News reporter Jack Ford as correspondents for the festivities from Times Square. Clark's role in the broadcast was similar to his role on New Year's Rockin' Eve, including his traditional countdown alongside Ford at midnight on the east coast. However, unlike New Year's Rockin' Eve, it was also broadcast live across the entire country instead of tape-delayed for other time zones, as ABC 2000 Today covered midnight festivities in other cities for the remainder of the night as they had done throughout the day (although, the ball drop was replayed shortly afterward with the BBC's commentary).[12]

Clark, Ford, and Jennings were among a total of more than 1,000 members of the ABC News division that were part of the broadcast. They were all under the direction of ABC's Roger Goodman.[13] The ABC 2000 Today telecast overall also received a Peabody Award.[14] Reflecting on the event, Clark was enthusiastic about his participation, feeling that New Year's Eve 2000 was one of the biggest nights he had ever spent in Times Square.[1]

New Year's Rockin' Eve returned to ABC the following year for New Year's Eve 2001. The 2001 telecast also expanded the show to include a new hour-long portion broadcast at 10:00 PM ET/PT, which would feature additional segments and musical performances to lead up to the main program. Clark felt positive about the program's expansion into prime time—noting that viewers, no matter where they were in the country, wanted to know what was going on in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Clark would be joined by Fox & Friends' anchor Steve Doocy and Michelle Madison as reporters in Times Square. Comedian Wayne Brady would host concert segments in Hollywood, which included performances by Lonestar, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, Baha Men, and Third Eye Blind among others.[1]

Dick Clark's stroke, effects on Rockin' Eve

On December 6, 2004, it was reported that Clark had been hospitalized after suffering from a minor stroke. While Clark had stated in a prepared statement that he would host the program for its 2004-05 edition, reports soon surfaced that the stroke may have been serious enough to prevent him from hosting.[15] It was officially announced on December 14 that Dick Clark would not be hosting New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005, and that Regis Philbin would fill in for Dick Clark. In a statement, Clark said that he was thankful that Regis was able to quickly step in on short notice to host the show, and hoped that he would do a good job. On the other hand, Regis Philbin was optimistic about his role, calling it the "best temp job ever."[11]

Various personalities paid tribute to Clark throughout the night on New Year's Eve; the New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast featured special celebrity messages for Clark, and revelers in Times Square were seen with signs saluting Clark. During CNN's coverage, revelers in Times Square told CNN's Jason Carroll that Philbin was "all right" filling in for Clark, though they had Anderson Cooper and Carroll.[16] Mayor Michael Bloomberg also spoke with Regis on Dick Clark's absence during the show, noting that "it isn't that we don't like Regis, but we want [Clark] back next year."[17] After the broadcast, the New York Daily News's Richard Huff critiqued Regis Philbin's "suitable — although not spectacular" performance as being outside his usual element; starting off stiff, but slowly becoming looser and more confident in his role throughout the night. Ruff also believed that Philbin would have performed better if had an in-studio co-host to interact with like his daytime talk show.[17]

Dick Clark's return

In August 2005, ABC announced that Dick Clark would return to the show for its 2006 edition, joined by a new co-host, media personality and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. The special would mark Dick Clark's first television appearance since the stroke.[18] In an interview with People Magazine in December 2005, Seacrest revealed that while Clark had not completely recovered from the stroke, and that his speech was not exactly like how it was beforehand, Clark had made great progress since the original diagnosis.[19] Clark and Seacrest would be joined by pop singer Hilary Duff to host the Hollywood segments of the program.[20]

During the program, Dick Clark made limited on-air appearances, but still conducted his traditional countdown, and also recollected on his recent experiences:

Last year I had a stroke. It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It's been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I'm getting there.[21]

Public curiosity over Dick Clark's condition and his return to television helped Dick Clark's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 draw in over 20 million viewers throughout the night, and a scored a 7.1 audience share among the key demographic of 18-49 year-olds.[22]

Reaction to Clark's appearance was mixed. While some TV critics (including Tom Shales of The Washington Post, in an interview with the CBS Radio Network) felt he was not in good enough shape to do the broadcast, stroke survivors and many of Clark's fans praised the MC for being a role model for people dealing with post-stroke recovery.[23] The New York Times' Brian Stelter compared Ryan Seacrest's new role on Rockin' Eve to being like a "traffic cop", "tossing to bands and correspondents and to Mr. Clark for the countdown." [10]

Ryan Seacrest becomes co-host

Following the 2006 edition, producers confirmed that Ryan Seacrest had agreed to remain as a co-host of New Year's Rockin' Eve for future editions.[22] Ryan Seacrest's increased role as host was recognized in 2009, as the program was officially re-titled Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. In the years following, Clark would continue to make limited appearances during the show itself, which still included his traditional countdown at midnight.[10]

For the 2010 edition, Jennifer Lopez and Daughtry performed live in Times Square during the special, while Good Morning America's Melissa Rycroft served as a reporter from Times Square. Fergie returned to host concert segments, this time on location in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring performances by The Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat, Robin Thicke, Keri Hilson, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, David Guetta, and Orianthi.[24] American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert reported that he was to perform on Rockin' Eve and ABC's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but found his bookings cancelled possibly in response to his controversial performance at the 2009 American Music Awards. Neither ABC nor Dick Clark Productions ever confirmed whether or not Lambert had been booked at all.[25]

The 2011 edition featured live performances by Ke$ha and Taio Cruz, and actress Jenny McCarthy served as a reporter from Times Square. Fergie returned to Hollywood for her concert segments,[26] which included performances by Avril Lavigne, along with her new single "What The Hell", Natasha Bedingfield who performed her latest single "Strip Me", Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Train, Mike Posner, Willow Smith, Jason Derülo, Far East Movement, La Roux, Ke$ha, Drake, and closing the show, the supergroup NKOTBSB (the combined Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block).[26]

40th Anniversary, death of Dick Clark

Seacrest (left) and Clark on the set of New Year's Rockin' Eve 2012. The 2012 edition would mark Dick Clark's final appearance on the program before his death on April 18, 2012.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, was once again hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with Dick Clark co-hosting what would become his last appearance on the program. Fergie co-hosted for the sixth consecutive year for the pre-taped Hollywood segments, while comedian Jenny McCarthy returned for her second year corresponding in Times Square.[27] Musical guests in Times Square included Lady Gaga (who also joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg in activating the ball drop), Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae.[27]

Performers in the Los Angeles segments included Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Blink-182, OneRepublic, The Band Perry, will.i.am, Christina Perri,[27] and Robin Thicke.[10] To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first edition of New Year's Rockin' Eve, the primetime portion of the show was preceded by a two-hour retrospective broadcast from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET/PT, counting down memorable musical performances from the show's history.[10]

On April 18, 2012, Dick Clark died after suffering a heart attack following surgery to fix an enlarged prostate.[28][29] ABC has not yet commented on future New Year's coverage, nor has Dick Clark Productions has commented on the future of the franchise.[28]

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