NEW YORK – ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin Eve will be “moving like Bernie” in the years ahead. America’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark, inked a ten year extension that will keep the former American Bandstand host in an oxygen rich studio above Times Square into the next decade. ABC execs feared Clark would be wooed by an offer from TBS which reportedly plans on changing its NYE programming from 24 hours of Paul Blart Mall Cop to a live countdown from Times Square in NYC.
Clark said he felt somewhat obligated to ABC, whose parent company is Disney. It was Disney that earlier this year provided Clark with the same animatronics technology that was used in the popular theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. Adjustments have been ongoing and park technicians deemed Clark ready to be seen in public just two weeks ago. Some viewers did notice glitches, particularly Clark uttering “A pirates life’s for me” several times throughout the broadcast.
News was not as cheery for co-host Jenny McCarthy as ABC announced that she would be replaced by fellow Chicagoan Roger Ebert for the 2013 and 2014 broadcasts. Ebert will conduct the crowd interviews while offering party goers samples of Cream of Wheat. Ebert agreed to join Clark after ABC was unable to get a commitment from Kirk Douglas.
Ryan Seacrest, whose contract runs through 2066, is also expected to get an extension in the weeks ahead.