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Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy return to host 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'; Ciara to host West Coast celebration

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Thu, Nov 30th 2017 03:00 pm
Ryan Seacrest returns to host `Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve` on ABC. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. (ABC photo by Ida Mae Astute)
Ryan Seacrest returns to host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. (ABC photo by Ida Mae Astute)
Live broadcast from Times Square on Sunday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on ABC
dick clark productions and ABC announced TV/radio broadcaster Ryan Seacrest will return to host television's largest live broadcast New Year's celebration, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018," again joined by actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. America's largest celebration of the year will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network.
The show also announced multiplatinum music superstar Ciara will officially ring in the new year from the West Coast as the new host of the Hollywood Party on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018." Ciara returns to the New Year's Eve celebration for the first time since 2005 where she performed her debut single, "Goodies," from her studio album of the same name, as well as her Billboard Hot 100 hit track "1, 2 Step."
"When I performed on this show back in 2005 I was so young and it was so special and exciting to be part of such an iconic show," Ciara said. "Over 10 years later, it's a really great feeling to say I've had the opportunity to host and perform on the show, and I can't wait to ring in the New Year with the world." 
Ciara joins the "Rockin" party this time around. (Photo provided by ABC)
"We are excited to have Ryan and Jenny back in Times Square and are thrilled to welcome Ciara to the 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' family as our West Coast host!" said Mark Bracco, co-executive producer and executive vice president of programming and development at dick clark productions. "An American tradition for 46 years, we look forward to an incredible night of entertainment, musical performances and 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' celebrations that will unite the country from coast to coast."
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Even with Ryan Seacrest 2018" marks the 46th anniversary of America's largest celebration of the year and will include more than five hours of special performances and reports on New Year's celebrations from around the globe. Seacrest will host the primetime festivities and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City, as he has for the past 12 years, with live onsite reporting from McCarthy.
The complete lineup airing Sunday, Dec. 31, on ABC is:
  • 8-10 p.m. - "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 1"
  • 10-11 p.m. - "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 2"
  • 11:30 p.m. to 1:09 a.m. - "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 1" 
  • 1:09-2:13 a.m. - "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 2"
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