New Year's Eve and New Year's Day provide most of the week's special programming, including Tuesday night festivities hosted by Dick Clark--for the 31st year--from New York's Times Square for ABC and Ryan Seacrest doing the honors for Fox from Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the 114th Tournament of Roses Parade steps off in Pasadena, Calif. PBS offers plenty of music for the turn of the year, as well. If you've ever wondered about the guy behind the CSI series, check out Anthony Zuiker's surprising story.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
Tuesday at 8 on MPT, 11 on WETA
The New York Philharmonic's All-Gershwin New Year's Eve Concert marks music director Lorin Maazel's first time on the podium for the orchestra's annual celebration, as well as his first appearance on "Live From Lincoln Center."
Beverly Sills will host the telecast.
Maazel, whose achievements include the acclaimed first complete recording of "Porgy and Bess," will lead the orchestra in selections from this popular work, featuring bass-baritone Willard White as Porgy in his New York Philharmonic debut.
Also making their debuts with the orchestra are soprano Indra Thomas, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, directed by Bettye F. Forbes, the group's founder.
In addition to selections from "Porgy and Bess," the evening features two of George Gershwin's most beloved compositions, "Cuban Overture" and "An American in Paris," which received its world premiere in 1928 with Walter Damrosch and the New York Philharmonic.
"Live From Lincoln Center," now in its 26th season, is the only series of live broadcast performances on U.S. television today. WETA will show a tape-delay.
DICK CLARK'S PRIMETIME
ROCKIN' NEW YEAR'S EVE
Tuesday at 10 on ABC
For the 31st consecutive year, Dick Clark will lead Americans into the New Year when he hosts three specials spanning the hours from 10 p.m. to 2:05 a.m. He is executive producer for all of them.
From 10 to 11, Clark will report live on festivities in New York's Times Square with Steve Doocy and Mario Lopez, who will report on other events around the city. Clark also will introduce highlights from some of this year's tours including those of Alabama, Coldplay, LL Cool J and the Who.
During "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002, Part 1," airing from 11:35 p.m. to 1:05 a.m., Clark will count down the year before turning hosting chores over to "Spy TV" star Ali Landry. From Hollywood, she will introduce performances by recording artists B2K, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Nivea, O-Town, Rod Stewart, Third Eye Blind and Uncle Kracker. Doocy and Lopez will continue to check out sights in the Big Apple.
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002, Part 2" airs from 1:05 to 2:05 a.m. On that show, Landry will bring back the earlier talent for encore performances, and Clark will close the curtain on activities in Times Square.
Tuesday at 11 on Fox
"American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest will host the 90-minute Fox special airing live from Las Vegas with celebrity anchors and live reports from the Strip. Cameras will catch the party from atop hotel casinos, while the show also features musical performances and celebrity appearances.
TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE
Wednesday at 11 a.m. on NBC, ABC, CBS, WB, Univision and Home and Garden Television
The 114th parade steps out in Pasadena, Calif., as a prelude to the 89th Rose Bowl game pitting Oklahoma and Washington State (4:30 on ABC).
Alexandra Wucetich, 17, is the Rose Queen for the two-hour parade, whose theme is "Children's Wishes, Dreams and Imagination." Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter and Fred Rogers are grand marshals.
Scheduled to cover the 5.5-mile parade route are 54 floats, 24 marching bands and 26 equestrian units.
Wednesday at 8 on MPT, 10 on WETA
Walter Cronkite hosts "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration (2003)," PBS's annual New Year's Day celebration from the Austrian capital. Guest conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt will direct the Vienna Philharmonic in a concert of Strauss waltzes and other favorites.
ALSO THIS WEEK
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY
Sunday at 7 a.m. on WETA; 9:30 a.m. on WHUT
Saturday at 7 a.m. on MPT (Part 2)
This week's editions of the newsmagazine will feature a two-part discussion of this year's top stories in the world of religion and ethics and those that are likely to make news in 2003.
For the Sunday discussion and analysis focusing on events of the past year, host Bob Abernethy will be joined by Religion News Service editor David Anderson, New York Times religion reporter Laurie Goodstein and "Religion & Ethics" managing editor Kim Lawton.
Topics will include the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal; tensions in the Muslim world, including divisions between moderate and fundamentalist Islam; the religious response to war with Iraq; and how the federal government has addressed the problem of corporate scandals in the United States.
MPT aired the first installment Saturday, Dec. 28. The second part airs Saturday on MPT and Sunday, Jan. 5, on WETA and WHUT when the panelists will be David Gibson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Mary Leonard of the Boston Globe and Jeff Sheler of U.S. News & World Report.
Thursday at 9 on MPT, 10 on WETA
William Shakespeare is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers ever. Or was it someone else?
This installment, called "Much Ado About Something," explores the centuries-old controversy over whether the literary masterpieces long attributed to Shakespeare actually were written by his contemporary, Christopher Marlowe.
Born in 1564, the same year as Shakespeare, Marlowe supposedly was killed in an argument over a tavern bill in 1593. But some insist that the playwright lived--and continuing writing under Shakespeare's name.
"The question of whether William Shakespeare actually wrote the works attributed to him is really a 16th-century detective story," said Michael Rubbo, who also wrote, narrated, directed and co-produced the documentary. "There are those who consider it to be the biggest literary coverup in history."