IF you have decided to stay out of the hustle and bustle of tonight's New Year's Eve festivities but still want to party, MTV will allow you to do so right in own living room with Countdown '94 (9pm). MTV's VJs and news presenters will host this party feast that will include loads of music videos and news, special reports, live performances from Nirvana and Pearl Jam from the US plus the countdown to midnight. A live link-up will also be made to the festivities in Victoria Park. So get your corkscrews out, turn up the television and join Hong Kong's favourite headbanger Danny McGill, the sultry Sophiya and zany David Wu as they present a New Year's party that will probably be the loudest and safest in town. IF you are seeking laughs tonight then look no further than World's New Year movie The Woman in Red (9.30pm, Original Running Time 87 mins). Sure we've seen it a number of times, but a steady diet of laughs still rolls out of a great script about a bored family man (Gene Wilder) who becomes obsessed with a sassy model (Kelly LaBrock) after he spots her fooling around over a ventilation shaft - Marilyn Monroe style. He and his tennis buddies devise all sorts of scams to allow him to have an evening with the woman without getting in trouble with his wife. The backing cast, which includes Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Gilda Radner and Judith Ivey, feature some great performances that really make the film great fun. THERE will be even bigger laughs later tonight when Pearl screen is Fletch (1.20pm, ORT 96 mins). The ever-funny Chevy Chase stars as the bumbling investigative reporter I.M. Fletcher and brings the classic character from the popular Fletch series of novels to life as he takes on different identities in order to get a scoop story on corrupt cops involved with murder. With his alter-egos Fletch manages to get himself into all sorts of strife with various characters played by a good cast which includes Tim Matheson, Joe Don Baker and Richard Libertini. IT'S been a while since we've seen a film from John Wayne so tonight's movie on Pearl, Circus World (9.30pm, ORT 135 mins) should come as a refreshing change to the usual rehash. The Duke is joined by Rita Hayworth, Claudia Cardinale and Lloyd Nolan in this 1964 movie about a circus boss and his struggles to bring his travelling circus through a European tour. All sorts of problems hamper the shows and the fiery finale is quite spectacular as the boss battles to save what he can. The obligatory romantic sub-plot gets a little nauseating at times, but the Duke's gravelly voice makes it stand out from others. THIS week's edition of RTHK's Media Watch (World, 7.30pm) will feature a panel of experts giving their views on the events in Hong Kong's media over the past year. Cliff Bale from the Hong Kong Journalists' Association will talk on the news media and Chris Kyme from Grey Hong Kong will discuss advertising and public relations. Entertainment writer for the Post Winnie Chung will comment on the local music and recording industry while film director Lee Chi-ngai talks about the year in Hong Kong movies. Matthias Wu from the Zuni Icosahedron theatre group will give his thoughts onthe performing arts scene and Simon Twiston Davies talks about the year in broadcasting. Claudia Mo and Gary Pollard host the programme.