Hooray! Julia Zemiro AND Toby Truslove hosting the ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage, with a plethora of Australian comics AND a special Nowhere Boys ep AND a special Agony of New Year’s Eve ep AND fireworks AND more. As Frankie says, RELAX. From the press release:


…is in front of the TV and tuned to ABC for a four-hour entertainment extravaganza filled with music and laughs. You’ll have the best seats in the house for both the 9pm Family Fireworks as well as the world-famous Midnight Fireworks.

The NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 show will be jam-packed with some of the country’s funniest comedians, brilliant musical performances and more celebrities than you can poke a sparkler at. And JULIA ZEMIRO and TOBY TRUSLOVE will be there to navigate us through all the celebrations, live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

This year the ABC is going all out to make this night full of entertainment for all the family.

CHARLIE PICKERING will give us a sneak peak at his new show which will debut on ABC in 2015, and throughout the night we’ll cross to LAWRENCE MOONEY hosting Australia’s biggest ever Pub Quiz, featuring guests DENISE SCOTT, TOM GLEESON and ALAN BROUGH and music by BARRY MORGAN. You can play along at home or sit back and just enjoy the fun. ADAM ZWAR and some of the favourite Agony Aunts and Uncles will present a special edition of The Agony of New Year’s Eve.

Legendary journalist FRAN KELLY will look back at the stories that made news headlines in 2014; self-confessed sport’s nut STEPHANIE BRANTZ will take us through the year in sports; and triple j’s music guru ZAN ROWE will review the year in music.

Julia will chat to JACK THOMPSON, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve ambassador, plus we’ll cross to the Lord Mayor’s Party for live performances by SUZE DEMARCHI, KASEY CHAMBERS, JOSH EARL and THE TAP DOGS.

We’ll check out what’s happening around the country with crosses to roving reporters – DAVE O’NEIL (Melbourne), LAWRENCE LEUNG (Brisbane), ANNE EDMONDS (Darwin), TEGAN HIGGINBOTHAM (Perth) and URZILA CARLSON (New Zealand). We’ll also cross to PETER HELLIAR partying at home, ADAM RICHARD at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s Party chatting to a cavalcade of special guests, and TOM BALLARD, flying above the International Date Line in the ABC chopper.

Younger viewers will be entertained by ABC3’s KAYNE TREMILLS and ABC4Kids’ JIMMY GIGGLE as they chat to families and spectators live from the harbour’s edge. Plus, fans of NOWHERE BOYS will be treated to a special one-off episode that bridges episodes 6 to 7 from the latest series.

The NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 broadcast starts on Wednesday December 31 at 8.30pm on ABC*.

ABC News 24 will broadcast both the 9pm Family Fireworks display and the Midnight Fireworks display live AEDT.

Come celebrate your New Year’s Eve 2014 with us, on ABC TV.

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RUNDOWN HIGHLIGHTS (exact times subject to change)

8.30pm Opening welcome – Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove.
9.00pm Family Fireworks Display
9:15pm Nowhere Boys mini episode
9.20pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 1
9.50pm Chat to Jack Thompson (NYE Ambassador)
10.00pm Fran Kelly presents the news year in review
10.10pm Comedy performance by Josh Earl
10.15pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 2
10.35pm Performance by The Tap Dogs
10.45pm Stephanie Brantz presents the sport year in review
10.50pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 3
11.15pm Musical performance by Suze DeMarchi
11.25pm Adam Zwar presents The Agony of New Year’s Eve
11.40pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 4
11.50pm Musical performance by Kasey Chambers
12.00am Midnight Fireworks display

*ABC broadcast delayed to local times.