New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper And Kathy Griffin, from New York City’s Times Square, will run 8 PM-12:30 AM ET, the network announced. Days earlier, the network began running spots in which Griffin left voicemail message for Cooper, suggesting she host solo this year, in light of the reax to his co-hosting last year.
Don Lemon will again provide lubricated commentary from New Orleans, joined by Brooke Baldwin; Richard Quest will mingle with the crowd in Times Square, and Sara Sidner will be in Nashville’for a live interview with Keith Urban, who will perform. Gary Tuchman will toast from Miami, Randi Kaye will be on board a cruise ship, and HLN’s Lynn Smith celebrates from Reunion Tower, aka The Ball, in Dallas.
At 12:30 AM ET, Anderson and Griffin hand off to Lemon and Baldwin for Central Time Zone coverage, from The Spotted Cat Music Club in New Orleans.
Warming up viewers for the Cooper-Griffin orgy of off-color gags and giggling, CNN will telecast All The Best, All The Worst 2016, a one-hour special hosted by Tom Foreman looking at the year’s politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment. That special debuts December 27 at 9 PM ET.