New Years’s Eve celebrations: There’s no shame in staying home and partying in front of your TV set, as long as you’ve got someone to vacuum up the confetti. As usual, the networks will ring in the new year with several festive specials including the venerable mainstay, “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” (8 p.m. Dec. 31, ABC), which features Taylor Swift as the headlining act. The lineup also includes “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” (8 p.m., Fox), “New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” (6 p.m., CNN) and “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” (10 p.m., NBC).
SUNDAY: “The Great British Baking Show,” a huge hit in the U.K., finally crosses the pond. It’s an ultra-tasty competition that has 12 amateur bakers vying for culinary supremacy. 7 p.m., KSPS.
SUNDAY: In the season finale of “The Comeback,” it’s Emmy time and Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) is basking in the glow of her performance in “Seeing Red.” But will her husband be by her side on the most important night of her life? 10 p.m., HBO.
MONDAY: Good grief. In “Happy New Year Charlie Brown,” our lovable blockhead has the unenviable task of writing a book report on “War and Peace.” Too bad all he can think about is the little red-haired girl. 8 p.m., ABC.
MONDAY: “Branson Famous” is being touted as the first-ever “reality musical.” It goes behind the sequin-laden scenes of the longest-running variety show in Branson, Missouri, with the song-loving family that runs it. 10 p.m., TruTV.
TUESDAY: Stephen Colbert is our host for the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors. This year’s lavish gala celebrates the cultural contributions of soul singer Al Green, film star Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedian Lily Tomlin. 9 p.m., CBS.
WEDNESDAY: “A Toast to 2014!” is a two-hour special that promises to look back at the year’s buzziest stories, scandals, videos, trends and more. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb serve as hosts. 8 p.m., NBC.
THURSDAY: The new year brings a new playoff system to college football as the “final four” clash to see who will play for the national championship on Jan. 12. First, it’s Oregon vs. Florida State in the Rose Bowl (2 p.m., ESPN), followed by a meeting of Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl (5:30 p.m., ESPN).
FRIDAY: “Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” celebrates the piano man’s hit-laden career. The 90-minute special features performances by, among others, Tony Bennett, Boys II Men, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes. 8 p.m., KCDT; 9 p.m., KSPS.
SATURDAY: As “The Missing” nears its conclusion, the case takes a sudden turn when another young boy disappears. The gripping miniseries was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award. 9 p.m., Starz.
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