Friday, December 07, 2007
Countdown to New Year's Eve Live
New Year's Eve is fast approaching, and a few of us on the 360 team are busy trying to set up the CNN New Year's Eve show. Anderson will be back in Times Square and we've already confirmed a special guest who will be hanging out with Mr. Cooper all night. That person is sure to bring us some great laughs. Can you guess who?

Also, we are working on some fantastic music acts, with up and coming country artist Miranda Lambert and one of my all-time favs, Earth, Wind, & Fire, already confirmed for the show. We're still trying to confirm a few more acts and when we do, I'll let you all know.

This year, we are going to ask for your help with the show. Although we'll have reporters in many locations around the world, we want you to bring us even more! Do you have a cool party you are throwing, a great destination where you'll be ringing in the New Year or a tradition that is just fantastic and you want the world to see? In the next few days we'll tell you how to send us your information.

What better way to ring in the New Year than to watch Anderson having a ball in Times Square while showing the world how you celebrate?

- 360 Booker Kay Jones
Posted By CNN: 7:58 PM ET
  16 Comments
I hope the funny person with Anderson will be Kathy Griffin! That would be a great show.
Posted By Anonymous Holly from Florida : 8:11 PM ET
AC 360!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great entertainment so far! I'd like Miranda to sinh "Kerosene"! (Haven't you ever felt that way?!) As far as EW&F, take your pick! Don't guess you could get (or afford) Sugarland!

I'm not brave enough to party elsewhere so it's just you, me and the rest of the world! Can hardly wait!

Later,

Mags
GVMO
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 8:17 PM ET
Let me guess is it Kelly Ripa or Kathy Griffin.

Jennifer, Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Blogger bluediamond (Jennifer) : 8:19 PM ET
Hi,
The New Year's broadcast sounds like it is shaping up to be a fun time! Could his special guest be Whoopi Goldberg? In any case, it will be a great show I'm sure.
Take care!
Posted By Blogger pamina : 8:24 PM ET
It sounds fun. I'm hoping it's Whoopi. Normally for New Year's Eve my college buddies and I get together, cook and eat, play cards and games, hang out around a fire, roast marshmallows, shoot fireworks, and toast in the New Year together. It's been the tradition for almost ten years now, and we just add in the spouses, kids, and dogs as our circle grows. But this year, the hosts have a wedding, so I'm going to be in Times Square with the masses. A friend from work and I are going up to play in the city. I've always wanted to spend one New Year's Eve in Times Square just to be part of the excitement. I figured what crazier way to ring in my 40th year that this! Looking forward to seeing the specks above the crowd that might or might not be Anderson and the mystery person.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 9:13 PM ET
YEA!!!! I know know what I will be doing New Year's Eve. I will be hanging with Mr. Cooper and myster guest.

My top three choices:
1. Stephen Colbert
2. Kathy Griffin
3. Kelly Ripa

Thanks for the update Kay!
Posted By Anonymous Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 10:03 PM ET
One good thing about living in the pacific time zone is that I can watch the party on cnn, see the crystal ball fall, sing along with the wonderful Frank's New York, New York, and when it's over?? I still have all evening to celebrate until my midnight comes along..Cheers
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 11:11 PM ET
My pick for guest of the evening would be Erica Hill. She has a real talent for cracking Anderson up. I always appreciate the lightheartedness she brings to The Shot and What Were They Thinking. On days when the news is particularly dark she brings a breath of much needed comic relief.

Claire Colvin, Abbotsford, BC
Posted By Blogger <b>Claire Colvin</b> : 7:28 PM ET
Well, I hope the "special guest" is Erica Hill. Who cares about celebrities?
Posted By Blogger Janis : 7:46 PM ET
Kathy Griffin, like many of us, is infatuated with Anderson so that would be a hysterical show! Stephen Colbert would be another choice! Hopefully Philly will provide some sweet new years parties!

Jamie T,23, Philly
Posted By Anonymous Jamie T : 5:25 PM ET
Hey Kay! During last year's show, didn't Gary Tuckman challenge Anderson to a 4 mile midnight run on New Year's Eve in Central Park? Hmmm...I suppose if I had to choose between partying and running on New Year's Eve, I wouldn't be running! As usual, looking forward to the show.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 7:33 PM ET
Hi Kay !

Jerry Seinfeld could join Anderson in the New Year’s Eve show ! That would be great !
You could show the wonderful New Year’s Eve party at Copacabana’s beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Beautiful firework in a fantastic beach !

Happy Holidays!

Flavia
Campinas – SP
Brasil
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 10:29 AM ET
Thank goodness Anderson will be hosting the New Year's show again. For a while I thought I'd have to resort to Ryan Seacrest, yikes!
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 10:57 AM ET
Wow - I'm very jealous! How do I get a New Year's Eve date with Anderson Cooper?

Skye
WY
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:09 AM ET
I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed in CNN / Anderson Cooper's New Year's coverage. Kathy Griffin was a poor choice. As a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF), and after much advertising on the part of CNN concerning their appearance, I looked forward to hearing and seeing them on the show. After waiting 1 hour and 15 minutes, no more than 1 to 1-1/2 minutes were shown of this talented band. CNN bounced from scene to scene with no consistency - large screen to small screen, top screen to bottom screen, as if a novice was producing the show. With all due respect, Griffin was an embarrassment to the high quality I and many others normally see with CNN and Cooper, and it was obvious Cooper felt uncomfortable with her nonstop and denegrating comments. Had it not been for EWF's appearance, I would have changed channels after the first 10 minutes. I hope next year brings a more professional co-host and more respect for the bands and musicians who have gone out of their way to arrange a special presentation, as was the case with EWF. Whether or not this gets posted, I truly hope someone takes notice and makes changes for next year.
Posted By Anonymous Susan : 10:24 AM ET
I love CNN and Anderson Cooper. I was looking forward to ringing in the New Year in Times Square NY. However, I was very dissapointed with your choice of guest host, Ms.Kathy Griffin. Pairing Mr. Cooper and Ms. Griffin was a media disaster. She was crass, loud and borderline obnoxious, and very obvious to your viewers that Mr. Cooper felt uncomfortable with her relentless comments and interjections. He summed their evening together as "adequate", he was far too polite! However, being the diplomatic professional and class act that he is, he weathered that torturous evening, as did I!
I hope CNN does a better job broadcasting the festivities next year!
Posted By Blogger Tracy : 10:24 PM ET
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