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New Year Comedies

TCM, beginning at 6am EST, Catch a Classic!

After the 2020 we just had, everyone could use a little laugh. You can start 2021 with a smile thanks to TCM’s lineup today, which features some terrific comedies this morning and into the early afternoon. The schedule begins with the Marx Brothers’ funniest film, A Night at the Opera (1935), and continues with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Howard Hawks’ screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934); Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in Best Director Oscar winner Leo McCarey’s screwball comedy The Awful Truth (1937), which was nominated for five other Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Dunne; and, finally, Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in writer/director Mel Brooks’ The Producers (1967), which earned Brooks an Oscar for his screenplay.

“Gold Rush” Marathon

Discovery Channel, beginning at 9am EST

Eleven hours of episodes from Discovery’s top series, which follows seasoned gold miners seeking the next big claim, air today, leading into a new episode of the series this evening.

The Rose Parade’s New Year’s Celebration

ABC/Hallmark Channel/NBC/RFD-TV, 11am Live EST

The longtime annual New Year’s Day favorite Tournament of Roses Parade has been canceled due to the pandemic, but organizers have planned this two-hour special airing across various networks. It features a reimagined New Year’s celebration, including live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, celebrity guest appearances, special Rose Bowl game football highlights, equestrians, spectacular floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float and more. Specific details on performances and celebrities were not announced at presstime. Start time varies by network.

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