UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Dec. 9, 2015 – NBC is ringing in the new year with a pair of live specials: “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen” is set to air at 10 p.m. ET/PT Thursday, Dec. 31 from 30 Rock. Then, following local news, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” will air at 11:30 p.m. from Times Square with a performance by international recording superstar and “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani.
Immediately following “Game Night,” Cohen will join Daly on the 11:30 p.m. telecast in Times Square.
“I love three things — a party, live TV and celebrities playing games — so combining all three on New Year’s Eve is my idea of a perfect night,” Cohen said.
Eight celebrities will participate in “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen,” where they will join in the fun as they face off in hilarious party games based on “Hollywood Game Night,” in addition to newly created New Year’s Eve-themed games created especially for this special.
The hourlong episode will be hosted by Cohen, the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s hit late night interactive talk show. Cohen is also the executive producer of the wildly popular “Real Housewives” franchise and continues to host the series’ highly rated reunion specials. Next up, Cohen will host a new three-part limited series for Bravo, “Then & Now With Andy Cohen,” which he also executive produced. The first part of the series will premiere on Sunday, Dec. 13. This fall, Cohen launched “Radio Andy,” his own fully curated content channel for SiriusXM. Cohen has written two New York Times’ bestsellers: “Most Talkative: Stories From the Frontlines of Pop Culture” and “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.”
The upcoming fourth season of “Hollywood Game Night,” hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch, will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.
On “NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly,” Stefani will sing her current single “Used to Love You” (Interscope Records), which is currently available for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services.
Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter and recording artist selling more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani released two highly successful solo albums — “Love.Angel.Music.Baby” and “The Sweet Escape” — featuring hit singles “Rich Girl,” “Sweet Escape,” “What Are You Waiting For?” and “Hollaback Girl,” a #1 single she recorded with fellow “Voice” coach Pharrell Williams that became the first digital download to sell more than 1 million copies in the United States.
In addition to her singing-songwriting career, Stefani is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry launching several successful brands, including L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers, DWP and GX.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to ring in the new year with NBC, our incredible viewers and the extraordinarily talented Gwen Stefani,” Daly said. “It’s always such a special time of year and what’s better than being able to celebrate with great friends? Looking forward to a fun night!”
Carson Daly is a pioneer of pop culture across a multitude of media, including network television, radio, the recording industry, and digital.
He is currently hosting and producing the ninth season of the NBC hit series “The Voice.” The show has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition Program and won in 2013 and 2015. Daly’s long-running late night NBC series, “Last Call With Carson Daly,” is currently in its 15th season, and he continues to host his top-rated morning-drive radio program on 97.1 AMP-FM Los Angeles.
In 2013, Carson began as co-host of the “Today” show, providing communication between viewers and the show in the Orange Room, as well as delivering original content and reporting.
“NBC New Year’s Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen” is produced by Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media and Universal Television. The executive producers are Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Michael Binkow.
“NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” is produced by Irwin Entertainment and Universal Television. The executive producers are John Irwin and Carson Daly.
Irwin Entertainment, Inc. is a full-service television production company specializing in scripted comedy, reality and live entertainment programming. Veteran television producer John Irwin founded the Los Angeles-based company in 2004, and has since produced numerous hit shows, including “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” (seven seasons), “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Reunion Special” (2008) and “Sober House” (2009), as well as “Couples Therapy,” which is currently airing its sixth season on VH1. Additional credits include “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” for VH1, “Coaching Bad” for Spike and the newly announced “Famously Single” for E! and “Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn” for VH1. In addition to reality television, Irwin Entertainment has extensive experience producing specials for live television, including “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.” Irwin’s comedy projects include specials for Comedy Central and Netflix with dozens of famed comics, including Kevin Hart, Chris D’Elia, Tracy Morgan, David Spade, Patton Oswalt, Artie Lange, Daniel Tosh, Demitri Martin, Norm Macdonald, Chris Hardwick and Patrice O’Neil.