There are only four days left in 2016 and for a lot of people that feels like 4 days too many. This has been a challenging year for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons: personal, political, numerous high-profile celebrity deaths. I feel a little guilty that my year has not been as crappy as it was for a lot of people that I know; 2016 has not been sunshine and roses for me either, but comparatively I’ve gotten through the year relatively unscathed. I mean, how bad can a year really be when I saw Adele, took my sister-in-law to see Hamilton, and visited the museum of ice cream? But I’ll still be happy to put 2016 in the record books and move on. I can only hope that 2017 brings more happiness and comfort to people. This year has just been brutal. I mean, we’ve gotten to the point where someone has even set up a GoFundMe page to try and save Betty White from 2016. John Oliver, as usual, puts it best:
Thanks to the holidays, it’s a relatively light week for pop culture so the roundup is a little on the short side this week. But there’s still plenty of pop culture goodness in there that you might have missed during this crazy time of year. So while we all collectively hope that 2017 is going to better, get yourself caught up on the glorious world of pop culture.
- Netflix has given Fuller House a third season.
- This is impressive – a behind the scenes look at SNL set changes.
- M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales From the Crypt reboot is in danger.
- Bryan Fuller is teasing a potential 4th season of Hannibal.
- The Cruel Intentions TV series is officially dead.
- For one week only: Katie Couric will guest host on the Today Show.
- 455 scripted TV shows aired in 2016. That’s a lot!
- Alex Trebek paid tribute to the Jeopardy! contestant who died before her episodes aired.
- Here’s what’s leaving Showtime in January. And HBO.
- Benson and Stabler reunited for the holidays:
- Mischa Barton did not enjoy her time on Dancing With the Stars.
- Benedict Cumberbatch’s own mother didn’t think he was good looking enough to play Sherlock Holmes.
- The BBC has ordered a Pitch Perfect-inspired show.
- The Bachelor is getting its own show on Snapchat.
- That was quick, but not all that unexpected – A&E has pulled the plug on their docuseries Generation KKK.
- Jewel will star in Hallmark’s Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery.
- Wes Anderson’s next feature film will be the stop-motion Isle of Dogs.
- There are a ton of voice cameos in Rogue One that you may not have caught.
- Justice League confirms two more characters.
- The Avengers: Infinity War cast list is huge.
- Sean Bean is famous for dying on screen, but other actors have done it more.
- Bad Moms will get a Christmas sequel.
- Amityville: The Awakening has been delayed again.
- Hulu has struck a deal with Disney for more than 50 movies.
- The Lost City of Z:
- Rock Dog:
- I Am Michael:
- Doctor Who, season 10:
- Patriots Day:
- Broadchurch season 3:
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:
- The Grand Tour: Namibia Special:
- Run the Jewels dropped their new album early.
- Rumor has it….both Beyoncé and Adele are slated to perform at the Grammys.
- George Michael was the first ever “Carpool Karaoke” star.
- The Game announced his final album and that he’s headed to jail. Kind of a mixed bag.
- Dave Grohl and Dave Navarro both play on the new Nine Inch Nails EP. Stream it here.
- J.K. Rowling is writing a new novel as J.K. Rowling (rather than as Robert Galbraith).
- Lemony Snicket is using the money he got from Netflix to start a poetry prize.
- Amber Tamblyn will be writing her first novel.
- A Ghostbusters comic crossover has the 2016 squad meet up with the 1984 crew.
Best of 2016
- The most important Late Night TV moments of 2016.
- The best late night stand-up sets of the year.
- Vulture compiled a bunch of year-end lists into one handy post.
- NPR lists some of their favorite podcast episodes.
- Breakthrough performances of 2016.
- The year’s best stand-up specials.
Odds and Ends
- Detroit named a street after Stevie Wonder.
- Meryl Streep will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award.
- Perks of being really rich? The voice of Mark Zuckerberg’s home assistant is Morgan Freeman.
- Eddie Vedder helped make a Maryland family’s holiday a little brighter.
- Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have split after 15 years.
- Kacey Musgraves celebrated the holidays by getting engaged.
- One of these things is not like the others:
- Rapper Troy Ave was shot twice in Brooklyn.
- Nick Cannon spent Christmas in the hospital.
- Miles Teller is OK after a car crash.
- T.I.’s wife Tiny has filed for divorce.
- Nick and Vanessa Lachey welcomed a Christmas Eve baby – their third child.
- 16 and Pregnant’s Valerie Fairman is dead at 23.
- Everybody Hates Chris actor Ricky Harris has passed away.
- Tony-winning actor George S. Irving is dead at 94.
- The Howard Stern Show regular Joey Boots has died.
- Author Richard Adams passed away at 96.
- RIP Carrie Fisher. I don’t give a hoot about Star Wars, but I was a big fan of her one woman show Wishful Drinking, her part in When Harry Met Sally, her appearance on 30 Rock, and her efforts to fight the stigma of mental illness.
Mashups and Supercuts
- Dancing in 90s movies:
- Gotham meets Friends:
- Snoopy as the 12 iterations of Doctor Who:
- A Sherlock Holmes supercut:
- The casts of three Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals perform a Broadway mashup:
- A Christmas song mashup:
- Elf recut as a thriller: