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JOIN THE WORLD PARTY.

Byline: - David Kronke

``ABC 2002'' sounds as if the network will be the official broadcaster of the New Year (good luck to us all if that's the case), but really, it's just a truncated version of ``ABC 2000,'' the award-winning marathon of New Year's Eve celebrations around the world. Here, it'll air from 3:30 to 7 p.m., so you can watch such far-flung locations as Tokyo, Moscow, Cape Town, Jerusalem and London ring in the future before heading out to your own party.

U2 and Sting - you can barely turn on a TV special these days without running into these guys - will be among the musicians performing. And there will be a special report from Afghanistan, as well. Peter Jennings will host - this time, he won't have to drink so much coffee - and you can see it all on KABC (Channel 7).

Happy New Year!

Tonight's lineup of specials:

4 p.m.: ``2001: 50-1'' - A look at the year's best videos spread over six hours. MTV.

6 p.m.: ``Orange Bowl Parade'' - Miami event theme is ``Underwater Wonderland.'' KPAX (Channel 30).

6:30 p.m.: ``2002'' - Peter Jennings looks back at 2001 and ahead to 2002. ABC.

10 p.m.: ``Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'' - The 30th-anniversary show kicks off with a look back at previous guests and performers and later counts down to midnight from Times Square in New York and from Hollywood. ABC.

``Rank: Top 20 Entertainers of 2001'' - Brook Burke hosts. E!

``New Year's Eve 2002'' - Carson Daly hosts from New York. Slated performers include Ja Rule, O-Town, P.O.D., Sum 41 and City High. MTV.

11 p.m.: ``Billboard's Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve'' - A countdown of Billboard's Top 10 videos of the year with encores of performances from Billboard Music Awards by Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys and more. Fox.

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Peter Jennings will host ABC's New Year's Eve coverage, but don't expect him to stay awake 24 hours straight.
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