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ABC sets 2-hour New Year's Eve celebration in honor of Dick Clark

DICK CLARK: The ?American Bandstand? host New Year?s

DICK CLARK: The “American Bandstand” host New Year’s Eve staple was born in Mount Vernon and graduated from A.B. Davis High School. He died in April 2012. (April 20, 2002) (Credit: Getty Images)

Dick Clark, who died in April at the age of 82, was many, many things -- but perhaps most notable among those to at least a younger generation, was his indelible association with New Year's Eve. In fact, a new year didn't quite feel like a new year without him . . . and so, to that end, ABC has set a two-hour New Year's Eve celebration in honor of the impresario . . . The details:

The New Year’s festivities kick off at 8 p.m., ET with a two-hour celebration of Dick Clark, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark.” The special celebrates, through clips and reminiscences, the legendary television personality and producer who rang in the New Year for four decades and launched and nurtured the careers of countless artists. Ryan Seacrest makes a special appearance. Beginning at 10 p.m., ET, Seacrest will host “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013” from New York, with Jenny McCarthy returning to interview the revelers in Times Square. Some of America’s hottest artists and groups will perform throughout the night. The bicoastal events will include over 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

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