Kellie Pickler and Ryan Seacrest will be reunited - and it feels so good.
The Season 5 American Idol reject will help Seacrest ring in 2009 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest as a special correspondent.
It's a small tweak, yet significant all the same. Ryan Seacrest, who for the past three December 31sts has cohosted ABC's New Year's Eve program, now is getting his name worked into the title: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. All that's missing is "Oprah Winfrey Presents:" in front and " Exile Island" at the end.Seacrest first was added to the special in 2005, the year after Dick Clark suffered a stroke."Ryan has been a tremendous part of the show," ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson said in announcing the change, "and we're thrilled he'll be part of it for years to come." Matt Mitovich
If you're of a mind to sidestep the rowdy revelers and overpriced drinks and stay home this New Year's Eve, you'll catch one of the strongest NYE lineups in recent memory, with big names such as Alicia Keys, Plain White T's and Mary J. Blige scheduled to perform. ESPN even has a daredevil doing a backflip in a truck! What more do you need? Here's the night's auld lang lineup.
New Year, No Limits (11 pm/ET & 2 am/ET, ESPN): ESPN jumps into 2008 — literally — by presenting two daredevil stunts. At midnight Eastern time, motorcyclist Robbie Maddison attempts to soar over the length of a football field on his bike, while stunt driver Rhys Millen tries to pull off a 360-degree backflip in a truck at the stroke of midnight on the West Coast.
New Year's Eve Live (11 pm/ET, FOX): Fox'