Clark, ABC ink 5 more New Years

'Rockin' Eve' to be expanded to 3.5 hours

New Year’s Eve will still be rockin’ for at least another five years.

ABC has sealed a deal with Dick Clark Prods. to renew its annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” through Jan. 1, 2005.

Dick Clark Prods. also inked with ABC to expand “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” to 3-1/2 hours this year, including a one-hour special in primetime at 10 p.m.

Then, following the traditional 90-minute “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special that will bridge 2000 and 2001, the special will air for an extra hour starting at 1 a.m.

A spokesman said details of the primetime special haven’t been worked out, but it will expand on the “Rockin’ Eve” formula of musical acts and live New Year’s Eve reports.

“It gives us the opportunity to feature many more performers and guests,” Clark said.

Dick Clark has counted down the new year for ABC in New York’s Times Square for 28 years. “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” took 2000 off because of the 24-hour “ABC 2000,” but Clark still hosted the marathon telecast’s countdown to midnight on the East Coast.

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