Tense over 2000? Planning to hole up with the bottled water, Spam and remote control tonight? Here's a rundown of what the broadcast and cable networks will offer in the way of comfort to the millennially afflicted.
ABC (Channel 7) is providing about 25 hours of coverage from around the globe, hosted by Peter Jennings in New York. Beginning at 4:50 this morning, the network will use an array of news talent in Paris, Rome, New Zealand, Moscow, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Canada as well as throughout the United States.
Along with news updates and commentary, the network is promising live musical performances, including Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Andrea Bocelli and Barry Manilow. Dick Clark will be rolled in at 11:30 p.m. to host the traditional ball-drop from Times Square.
CBS (Channel 9) begins its coverage at 10 p.m. live from the "America's Millennium" celebration on the Mall. The special will also feature Steven Spielberg's new short film "The Unfinished Journey." Channel 9 will air local news from 11 to 11:30 p.m.
NBC (Channel 4) begins its prime-time coverage at 8 with a special "Dateline" preview of the new century. From 9 to 11, Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric will anchor a news special from Times Square.
After local news, the network will air an abbreviated "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," with just a monologue and a comedy skit, at 11:35, followed by the ball-drop in Times Square. NBC News coverage continues until 3:30 a.m. to include New Year's events at midnight in every U.S. time zone.
Fox (Channel 5) begins its 90-minute coverage at 11 p.m. with Fox News's Brit Hume and Paula Zahn hosting from Times Square. Correspondents will report from London, Moscow, Bethlehem and across the States, including Roswell, N.M.
PBS (Channels 22, 26 and 32) begins its 25-hour global coverage this morning at 4:45. "Washington Week in Review" moderator Gwen Ifill will host, with Will Durst of PBS's "Livelyhood" series picking up the final leg of the broadcast. (Channel 22 will break for local programming from 6 to 9 p.m.)
Highlights include an event hosted by Nelson Mandela at South Africa's Robben Prison Island; an acrobatic ballet from Sydney; and a sun ritual from Machu Picchu, Peru.
Locally, UPN 20 brings Count Gore De Vol back from the grave to do his shtick and introduce two horror movies beginning at 10 p.m. -- "Arachnophobia" and "Stephen King's Graveyard Shift." Channel 20 will also provide a live feed of the ball-drop at Times Square.
CNN and Fox News Channel begin around-the-clock coverage at 5 a.m. CNN promises 100 hours of millennium coverage, going straight until Tuesday, with reporters in Tokyo, Moscow, Egypt, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, South Africa, Rome, Paris, London and across the United States.
Fox News Channel plans 23 hours of coverage, including reports from Japan, Hong Kong and Berlin. The network's regular programs -- "Fox Report" at 7, "The O'Reilly Factor" at 8 and "Hannity & Colmes" at 9 -- will focus on the new century.
Beginning at 4:30 this morning, MSNBC will provide 30 hours of international coverage, with a team of computer and utility experts following any Y2K problems.
C-SPAN will provide live coverage this morning at 11 of the opening ceremony from the Main Street Millennium Stage in Washington. At 6:30 p.m. the public affairs network will be live at the White House for the Clintons' dinner party and, at 11:35 p.m., will go live to the Mall.
Locally, NewsChannel 8 will begin its coverage at 9:30 p.m. with a review of the top local stories of the past year. At 10, the network airs "FutureWatch 2000," a preview of the new century from a local perspective. From 11 to 1 a.m., NewsChannel 8 reports from a number of locations, including Pepco and government agencies, to see if that nasty Y2K bug is acting up.
Speaking of bugs, Discovery Channel will present a "Real Millennium Bugs" lineup starting at 7 tonight with "Secret Lives of Ants."
At 7 tonight, Nickelodeon will air an interview with President Clinton to kick off millennium-themed episodes of some of the cable channel's most popular series. At midnight, the kids' network rolls out "Nickellennium," a 24-hour, commercial-free event featuring children from around the world describing the future.
TNT presents its "TNT 2K" movie marathon starting this morning at 6 and lasting through Monday night. The Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds" airs today at 12:55 p.m. and the not-so-classic "Beastmaster 2" Sunday at 11 a.m. When the ball drops tonight, TNT will be about halfway through the 1986 howler "Maximum Overdrive."
Pay cable network Showtime plans an "End of the World" movie marathon to ring in the new year. At 8 tonight "Hard Rain" airs, followed by "Deep Impact" at 9:35 and the 1998 version of "Godzilla" at 11:35.
BET counts down the top 100 videos of the century today in a 12-hour show hosted by Donnie Simpson and beginning at 11 a.m. A BET news release assures us that "the No. 1 video is not Michael Jackson's `Thriller.' "
From 5 this afternoon through 1 a.m., MTV will air live from its Times Square studio with performances by Goo Goo Dolls, Blink-182, 98 Degrees, Christina Aguilera and Bush. Jay-Z and Puff Daddy, both currently out of jail on bail, are scheduled to perform.
At 10 p.m., Pay Per View is offering Prince in concert at his Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis. For just $19.99 (get it?), you can watch the musician perform "1999" for the very last time. Lenny Kravitz also performs.
And lest old acquaintance be forgot, a 48-episode "Twilight Zone" marathon will air on the Sci-Fi Channel beginning this morning at 9; TBS will run its entire 33-episode collection of "The Andy Griffith Show" starting this morning at 6:15; American Movie Classics begins a four-hour "Three Stooges" marathon at the stroke of midnight that continues at noon tomorrow with 12 additional shorts; and the pay cable Movie Channel will air all eight "Friday the 13th" movies beginning at 6 tonight.
Last of all, USA Network wraps up the 20th century with a wrestling show. "WWF Eve of Destruction," at 11 p.m., looks at the top bouts of the 1900s.