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TV picksFor the week of Dec. 25-31

NBC'S NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY -- Pictured: Carson Daly -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC
NBC'S NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY -- Pictured: Carson Daly -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC Charles Sykes /NBC Universal, Inc.

Don't miss: New Year's Eve celebrations

So you can't make it to that big noisy, sweaty bash this year? No problem, you can party down Saturday night from the comfort of your couch as TV rings in 2012. (Just remember to vacuum up the confetti in the morning.) Among the festive telecasts is Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 (10 and 11:30 p.m., ABC), which has the guys celebrating with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Florence and The Machine and others. Meanwhile, on New Year's Eve With Carson Daly (10 and 11:30 p.m., NBC), our host is joined in Times Square by JB Smoove, Amy Robach and Drake. In addition, there's New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (11 p.m., CNN), featuring our favorite TV odd couple, and MTV's New Year's Eve Bash 2012 (11 p.m., MTV), hosted by Demi Lovato and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey.

Other bets

Sunday: The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade celebrates the holiday in style with festivities at the Disney theme parks in California and Florida. The talent lineup includes Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, OneRepublic, Jennifer Hudson and Scotty McCreery. Noon, ABC.

Sunday: In the holiday special Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and Wardrobe, our title character (Matt Smith) meets a trio of Blitz refugees — a mother and her two children — during World War II. It's the seventh in a series of Doctor Who Christmas specials. 8:20 p.m., BBC America.

Monday: In the winter finale of The Closer, the federal lawsuit against Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) comes to a head when another murder occurs related to Turell Baylor's death. The Closer will return next summer to wrap up its seven-season run. 9 p.m., TNT.

Monday: The season finale of Rizzoli & Isles has Jane and Maura (Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander) investigating a warehouse blaze in which a firefighter died. Was it arson or an accident? Billy Burke and Jacqueline Bissett guest star. 10 p.m., TNT.

Tuesday: The stars — and the first family — come out for the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Being lauded for their esteemed careers are singer Neil Diamond, actress Meryl Streep, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway legend Barbara Cook. 9 p.m., CBS.

Wednesday: Feeling a little lighter in the wallet after all that holiday shopping? Check out Extreme Cheapskates, a special that profiles people who have come up with creative ways to save more and spend less. 9 p.m., TLC.

Wednesday: We have a Sean Hayes sighting. The former Will & Grace star drops by Hot in Cleveland, playing a hand model who dates Victoria (Wendie Malick). 10 p.m., TV Land.

Thursday: The Peanuts gang returns to rock another holiday in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. This 1986 special has our guy, Chuck, struggling to read War and Peace during his school break while everyone is ready to party. 8 p.m., ABC.

Thursday: Think of Hook, Line and Sisters as Deadliest Catch with a female touch. It's a new reality series that follows two siblings who make their living deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska. 10 p.m., TLC.

Friday: Infested! returns for a new season full of horror stories about human habitats being plagued by nature's nastiest creatures. In the opener, a family tries to fend off an invasion of cockroaches streaming in from their neighbor's home. 8 p.m., Animal Planet.

Saturday: Relax, you haven't really entered another dimension. It's just the annual New Year's Eve marathon of The Twilight Zone, which this year includes the iconic show's top 40 episodes, as voted on by viewers. 9 a.m., Syfy (and running into Sunday).

Saturday: If Dick Clark, Carson Daly and all those network guys don't do it for you on New Year's Eve, you can try Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special. Though it was taped in September, it is designed to look like a New Year's Eve countdown augmented with all the band's big hits — can we expect Clocks right around midnight? 11:33 p.m., KET.

Herald-Leader staff, Contra Costa Times

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