Where to Spend TV Time Outside of Times Square

From Associated Press

If you’re not going out for New Year’s Eve, there’s more to TV tonight than watching passage of time. Here are some alternatives:

“The Jetsons” (Cartoon Network, continuing today until midnight): every episode of the futuristic animated fave, climaxing with “Rosie the Robot.”

“50 Greatest Athletes” (ESPN2, today until 8:30 p.m.): no-holds-barred profiles of the 20th century’s top sports figures, counting down from No. 50 to No. 1.

“The Andy Griffith Show” (TBS, continuing this morning until 9 tonight): Turn back time with 33 episodes of the gentle rural comedy from the ‘60s. (“Back to the Future” airs at 9 p.m.)


“Twilight Zone” (Sci-Fi, all day today through Saturday at 7:30 a.m.): favorite episodes of Rod Serling’s ‘60s vintage chiller, as voted online by Sci-Fi viewers.

“Total Request Live Top 99 of ’99" (MTV, 9 a.m. today until 7 p.m.): The year’s most-requested videos include those by Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.

“Elvis in Hollywood” (Turner Classic Movies, 11 a.m. today through Saturday at 2 a.m.): eight Presley movies, including “Jailhouse Rock” and “Viva Las Vegas.”

“Game Show Goodbyes” (Game Show Network, Friday afternoon to midnight): “Match Game’s” Charles Nelson Reilly hosts finales from 16 vintage series, including Art Fleming’s “Jeopardy!” (1 p.m.), Allen Ludden’s “Password” (6 p.m.), “What’s My Line?” with John Daly (7 p.m.) and Gene Rayburn’s last “Match Game” (8:30 p.m.).


“Friday the 13th” (The Movie Channel, tonight at 6 until Saturday morning at 6:30): Scare yourself even sillier than Y2K with eight of the Jason series’ fright flicks, airing in order.

“South Park” (Comedy Central, tonight at 10 to midnight): The boys’ New Year’s episode is followed by “Prehistoric Ice Man,” “Chef Aid” and “Chickenpox.”

“Three Stooges” (AMC, tonight at 9 to 1 a.m. Saturday, repeats at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday): four hours of mayhem to kick off a restored run of the classic slapstick shorts.