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By John Maynard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year's Eve Programming

New Year's Rockin' Eve. After sitting out last year's party following a stroke, Dick Clark returns to host the ABC broadcast live from New York's Times Square with the help of co-hosts Ryan Seacrest and Hilary Duff in Hollywood; Mariah Carey performs (Channel 7 at 10; with a half-hour break at 11 for local news).

New Year's Eve Live. ABC regular Regis Philbin makes his Fox debut anchoring the action from Times Square with correspondent Jillian Barberie. Carrie Underwood, Nick Cannon, John O'Hurley and Donald Trump make appearances (Channel 5 at 11).

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly. The late-night personality hosts the festivities from Times Square, with performances by Mary J. Blige and comedian Wanda Sykes (Channel 4, 11:30).

On cable, with newsier takes on the celebration are CNN 's Anderson Cooper (CNN at 11) and Fox News Channel 's Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy (FNC at 11). MTV's "New Year of Music" (10:30 p.m.) features a performance by Kanye West; BET runs a special New Year's edition of "106 & Party" (11 p.m.) featuring the top 10 videos of the year; and ESPN provides a sports-minded telecast with "New Year's Eve" (11 p.m.) from New York's Hard Rock Cafe.

Sports

College Football. Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs. N.C. State (ESPN2 at 11); Liberty Bowl: Fresno State vs. Tulsa (ESPN at 1); Houston Bowl: TCU vs. Iowa State (ESPN2, 2:30).

College Basketball. Duke at North Carolina-Greensboro (Channel 20 at 1); VMI at Maryland (CSN at 2); Louisville at Miami (CSN at 4); Alabama at Oklahoma (ESPN, 4:30); St. Joseph's at Gonzaga (ESPN2 at 6).

U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Freestyle skiing (Channel 4, 2:30).

NFL Football. Denver at San Diego (Channel 9, 4:30); New York Giants at Oakland (ESPN at 8).

Teen Show

It's Academic. Banneker Academic High School, Osbourn High School and School Without Walls compete (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

Public Affairs

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe reviews the year's impact on women, children, families and communities of color (Channel 32 at 10 a.m.; Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 26).

Weekend Live With Tony Snow. Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) discusses the latest on Hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts (FNC at noon). Former ambassador Dennis Ross appears tomorrow to talk about Iraq.

The McLaughlin Group presents Part 2 of the "24th Annual McLaughlin Group Award Show" (Channel 4, 1:30; Sunday at noon).

The Beltway Boys. The annual year-end awards are presented for best and worst spin and smartest and dumbest political moves (FNC at 6).

Fox News Watch reviews the biggest media stories of 2005 (FNC, 6:30).

Eye on Washington looks at some of the big stories of 2005 and what will make news in 2006 (Channel 9 at 7; tomorrow at 11 a.m.).

On the Story. Topics are changes at the Supreme Court, the war on terror and presidential politics (CNN at 7).

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