On TV Tonight, Tuesday, 12/31/13: New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, and More

TV Equals Schedules Fall 2013 Tuesday

Our Picks

The Twilight Zone– 8am Syfy (New Year’s Marathon)
Happy last Day of the year, everyone! Let us say goodbye to 2013 properly by spending the next 24 hours (or 48, depending on your stamina) watching The Twilight Zone. Here is a quick cheat sheet for today’s can’t miss episodes:

“A Nice Place to Visit” – 2:30
Cornfields. Jack in the Boxes. I still maintain this is the scariest episode of all-time.

“Nick of Time” – 3:30
William Shatner’s lesser known episode is a picture of superstition and OCD with just the right amount of creepiness.

“Time Enough at Last” – 7:30
Be Careful what you wish for…

“The Hitch-Hiker” – 8:00
This episodes makes me want to use the buddy system while traveling.

“Eye of the Beholder” – 10:00
Granted, this episode isn’t as effective the third or fourth time you see it, but it’s still a classic.

Happy Endings – 8am VH1 (New Year’s Marathon)
I am not sure why VH1 acquired this goofy, compulsively watchable comedy series, but I am glad they did. Relive it from the beginning when it was trying too hard to be Friends and stick with it as it slowly becomes the most bizarre and cynical sitcom on TV. And don’t forget to marvel at just how good Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson are. Year of Penny, everyone!

Futurama – 5:30pm Comedy Central (All Night Marathon)
Are you wondering why I didn’t recommend any of the network’s New Year’s Eve bashes? That’s because I couldn’t choose between them without seeing Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly challenging one another to fisticuffs in my head. That image is too hilarious to convey in words, so instead let’s blast off into the future with a night of Futurama repeats! Trust me it’s better this way.

(Ryan would totally win because his entourage is bigger, but I would be rooting for Carson, that’s all I’m saying on the matter.)


8 PM – 9 PM

A Toast to 2013! – 8pm NBC

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music – 8pm ABC

9 PM – 10 PM

Live From Lincoln Center – 9pm PBS *Check local listings.

10 PM – 11 PM

New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly – 10pm NBC

Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 – 10pm ABC

(Please note: The image grid at the top is the default Fall 2013 schedule and might not always represent what is currently airing tonight. Please make sure to look at the list below to get the most up to date information.)