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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 2:00 pm

If you need proof that Dick Clark still rules New Year's Eve, here it is.

On New Year's Eve, ABC is devoting its entire primetime and late-night schedule to Clark and his various specials that have greeted new years over the past four decades. The evening kicks off with "New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party" (8 to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Dec. 31).

Jenny McCarthy and Fergie recollect how the fashion and music have changed vastly in 40 years, but the merrymaking is still the same.

Moving onward to the present, "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," at 10 p.m., features Clark with Seacrest in Times Square. Musical guests range from Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber to The Band Perry.

The "Rockin'" party will continue through 2:13 a.m. (Why it ends exactly 2:13 a.m. is never really explained. Maybe Clark turns into a pumpkin at 2:14 a.m.?)

Clark doesn't have the monopoly on the celebrating. Other offerings include "American Country New Year's Live" (11 p.m. Dec. 31, Fox). The special, which comes from Las Vegas, has performances from Lauren Alaina ("American Idol") and Rodney Akins.

Rock band Coldplay will headline "Austin City Limits" as a new-year special (11 p.m. Dec. 31, PBS), and Carson Daly will be on hand, representing NBC, with his annual special from New York City (10 p.m. Dec. 31).

Other highlights for the week of Dec. 25-31 (All times Eastern, with listings subject to change. Check local listings.):

SUNDAY

-- "The Ultimate Gift" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A spoiled man must find meaning in his life before he can claim his inheritance.

-- "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Jim Carrey's live-action version of the animated classic is hardly reason for cheer, but, after a hard day of opening gifts and overeating, it will do.

TUESDAY

-- "The 34th annual Kennedy Center Honors" (9 p.m., CBS). In this special taped at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House in Washington, D.C., Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep are among the honorees.

-- "Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan" (10 p.m., G4). In the season finale of the reality series, Ricky, Chase and Brad are pinned down in a Taliban firefight and must reach soldiers trapped inside a damaged vehicle.

-- "Extreme Couponing: All-Stars" (10 p.m., TLC). Once again, the question must be asked: Is someone really considered a "star" just for cutting out coupons? I'm fairly certain this is not how the Kardashians got their start.

THURSDAY

-- "NY Ink" (9 p.m., TLC). In the second season of this reality show, tattoo artist Ami James and his employees juggle a growing business -- and find more money brings more problems. The second season will consist of 10 one-hour episodes.

-- "Hook, Line and Sisters" (10 p.m., TLC). A crusty sea captain contends with his wife and two daughters in this new reality series.

SATURDAY

-- "Twilight Zone" (8 p.m., SyFy). A marathon of the classic black-and-white supernatural series is rolled out for the evening.

-- "Summer Heights High" (8 p.m., HBO2). The brilliant Australian comedy, shot as a fake documentary about life at a high school, is stacked up in a marathon.

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