Hear that? It’s the sound of a rough year mercifully winding down, and while we can’t exactly look forward to positive events IRL, thankfully, the land of make-believe is providing us with some much-needed respite in the form of movies and TV. Books, long the safe place for your brain, are also inspiring some of next year’s most exciting movies and TV shows. This year’s book-to-TV adaptations included Big Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, and The Handmaid’s Tale, so 2018 has some big shoes to fill. Looking at this list, you’ll be pretty confident that these series are up to the task.
Now that it’s December, TV shows are slowly going on holiday hiatus (if they haven’t already), so settle in for several weeks of holiday specials, reruns, and annual broadcasts of The Sound of Music and It’s a Wonderful Life. Before you know it, though, it’ll be 2018, and the networks and streaming services are wasting no time bringing your favorite shows back — the first batch of new episodes starts on New Year’s Day.
Here are all the midseason premiere dates we know for returning shows. Keep checking back for updates, as networks like CBS and Fox have yet to announce most of their midseason dates!
- The Bachelor: Jan. 1
- Match Game: Jan. 3
- Grey’s Anatomy: Jan. 18
- Scandal: Jan. 18
- How to Get Away With Murder: Jan. 18
- 2018 Academy Awards: March 4
- American Idol revival: March 11
- The Mick: Jan. 2
- The Brave: Jan. 1
- This Is Us: Jan. 2
- Chicago Med: Jan. 2
- The Blacklist: Jan. 3
- Law & Order: SVU: Jan. 3
- Chicago P.D.: Jan. 3
- Superstore: Jan. 4
- The Good Place: Jan. 4
- Will & Grace: Jan. 4
- Great News: Jan. 4
- Chicago Fire: Jan. 4
- Blindspot: Jan. 12
- Taken: Jan. 12
- Valor: Jan. 1
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Jan. 5
- Supergirl: Jan. 15
- The Flash: Jan. 16
- Riverdale: Jan. 17
- Dynasty: Jan. 17
- Supernatural: Jan. 18
- Arrow: Jan. 18
- Jane the Virgin: Jan. 26
- Divorce: Jan. 14
- Crashing: Jan. 14
- High Maintenance: Jan. 19
- Strike Back: Feb. 2
- Grace and Frankie: Feb. 19
- The Tick: Feb. 23
- The Path: Jan. 17
CBS All Access
- Star Trek: Discovery: Jan. 7
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: Jan. 17
- Baskets: Jan. 23
- The Fosters: Jan. 9
- Beyond: Jan. 18
- The Detour: Jan. 23
- Vikings: Jan. 24
- Portlandia: Jan. 18
- Unreal: Feb. 26
- Nashville: Jan. 4
- WAGS Atlanta: Jan. 3
- Revenge Body With Khlo Kardashian: Jan. 7
Paramount (formerly Spike)
- Lip Sync Battle: Jan. 18
- Victoria: Jan. 14
- Ash vs. Evil Dead: Feb. 25
- The Magicians: Jan. 10
Every year it feels like the holidays begin earlier and earlier, and celebrities waste no time in spreading the holiday cheer. Even though Christmas is still a few weeks away, Mariah Carey has already begun her annual festivities and Busy Philipps’s Elf on the Shelf has already taken over her home. Ayesha Curry and her family even got a head start and had their holiday cards ready to go before Thanksgiving — now that’s dedication. Keep reading to see how all of your favorite stars are celebrating the holidays this year.
Wrapping up a gift is half of the fun of giving it to someone, and now you can add even more love to it with any of these celebrity wrapping papers. Just imagine tearing into the face of Kanye West or the booty of Kim Kardashian to reveal what’s underneath. You’ll watch in awe, and the gift-getter will love every minute of it.
When you’ve exhausted all of the Christmas movies on Netflix, what’s a holiday movie-lover to do? Turn to Lifetime, of course. The network recently debuted a new love story just in time for the festive season, My Christmas Prince. The film stars Alexis Knapp as Samantha, a teacher who discovers her boyfriend, Alex, is actually the crown prince of Madelvia (what, never heard of it?) over Christmas break. If you found yourself wrapped up in their romance over the weekend, there’s a chance you also found yourself wondering why you recognize the cast. From Knapp to the up-and-coming actor who plays Prince Alexander, we rounded up all the major players ahead.
Remember back in the 1990s when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were in a constant media-spun battle for the title of “Princess of Pop?” Fast forward to today: Those days of bubble-gum fresh, manufactured pop stars rivaling for an imaginary tiara are long gone.
Cue music’s newest pop sensation Charli XCX, the self-proclaimed party girl and outlier in a sea of musical stereotypes. With a raspy voice that attests to her reputation as a nightlife enthusiast, she performs catchy hits like “Boom Clap,” “Break the Rules” and her pro-women single, “Boys.”
Hailing from the English countryside outside of London, the 25-year-old singer, born Charlotte Emma Aitchison, grew up on ’90s pop music, specifically the Spice Girls and Britney Spears. The starlet credits girl-pop as her introduction to music, casually admitting, “All the things people think of as guilty pleasures, I naturally love.”
Charli’s 2017 mixtape, Number 1 Angel, is an ode to her love of catchy pop mixed with full-throated female empowerment. “I like working with friends. I like the natural energy of making music with people you want to, not because of their profile or your label asking you to,” she says of her close-knit network of female collaborators, which includes CupcakKe, MØ and Uffie.
Despite her provocative performances and colorful stage presence, Charli says she actually prefers being off camera, recently writing and directing the video for ALMA and French Montana’s song “Phases.” And for her most ambitious collaboration to date, Charli took a step behind the camera as the codirector on the video for her effortlessly catchy single “Boys.” For the song’s viral video, the songstress employed more than 60 men, including G-Eazy, Diplo and Panic! at the Disco’s Brendan Urie.
In the video, Charli’s squad of famous boy-friends playfully populate sterotypically sexy scenarios: Joe Jonas suggestively eats stacks of pancakes drizzled with syrup; Charlie Puth washes a car; The Vamps engage in a pillow fight; and Josh (The Fat Jew) splashes around in a kiddie pool of rosé—all against a millennial pink backdrop, naturally. “The guys were really into it. They completely got the vibe and that was really encouraging,” she says.
On being a feminist, the singer says, “The more we speak about feminism in music, the bigger the conversation becomes. I’ve always been seen as someone who champions women in music. I think that’s always been a part of who I am.” Though her feminist identity may be at odds, somewhat, with pop music’s long history of objectification of women, Charli has found a way to weave her values seamlessly into her career, both in and out of the recording booth. It’s no coincidence that throughout her music festival appearances this past summer, she opted to share the stage with as many female collaborators as possible.
“It was really fun to be able to come out and party with friends like CupcakKe and MØ on stage,” she says. As a fellow 90’s chick and self-proclaimed feminist, one of the most memorable on stage moments for me was when Charli invited her progressive counterpart Halsey to join her on stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza. The duo delivered a girl power-infused performance of the 1996 Spice Girls anthem “Wannabe” that left every 20-something-year-old hoarse from “singing” along. “I want people to feel energy and party,” Charli says of her electric performances. “I want them to feel like they just went to the best house party ever with all their best friends.”
While the champagne-drinking Brit is celebrated as an explicit party girl in the industry, her unapologetic lifestyle is also a major source of inspiration; she suggests that house parties are sites for growing up and making memories. “So much cool stuff happens at parties,” she says. “Whether you’re really happy and having the time of your life with your friends or you’re breaking up with someone, falling in love or missing someone, there are so many interesting dynamics going on at parties.”
By embracing feminist politics, her sexuality and, of course, her right to party, Charli XCX has poised herself for icon status. Simultaneously, she’s cultivating a female-centric following and pioneering the next generation of pop stars, who root for each other’s success both on stage and at the after-party.
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For all the hype and hysteria surrounding its final seasons, there is one aspect of Game of Thrones that is still severely lacking: accolades. Granted, the show has won plenty of awards since it first premiered in 2011. At the Emmys, the show has won for outstanding drama series twice, as well as additional awards for directing and writing. Peter Dinklage has won two Emmys (and one Golden Globe) for best supporting actor in a drama series. At the same time, there are still some serious gaps.
In terms of the Emmys, none of the stars on the show have ever been nominated for outstanding lead actor or actress. The same goes for the Golden Globes: not only has the show never won for outstanding drama series, but Dinklage and Lena Headey are the only two stars to have ever received acting nominations . . . in supporting roles. Here’s the thing, though: this strange award show history isn’t something you can chalk up to poor performances or talent-packed categories. It’s all about strategy, and this year, HBO is trying something new.
According to Gold Derby, a website dedicated to all things award show, HBO is opting for a new strategy for 2018. In the past, the network has only submitted the stars for the acting categories in supporting roles. This year, in an effort to increase odds, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) are entering the race as lead actor and lead actress.
If the shift pays off, we could see the same move for the 2018 Emmys. Even though Game of Thrones premiered in June 2017, it was not eligible for this year’s Emmys race; Emmys eligibility ended on May 31. So, yeah, we may not be seeing the premiere of the show’s final season until 2019, but the empty, barren gap year could still mean big things for the show. Keep your fingers crossed, everyone. The King of the North and the Mother of Dragons may very well strike gold.
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One of our favorite new faces on Supernatural is none other than the alluring half-angel, half-human Jack Kline. Son of Lucifer and Kelly Kline, Jack is introduced toward the end of season 12, and has become a staple character in the most recent season.
Have you been spending most of this season wondering where you’ve seen the son of the Fallen One before? Us too, so we gathered all the info we could find on the actor behind the curious Nephilim. Turns out, Canadian actor Alexander Calvert is no stranger to the horror-thriller genre.
Calvert caught his big break playing 12-year-old Greg Stillson in an episode of The Dead Zone back in 2005. Perhaps his most recognizable role, though, is as Tom Martin and Alex Whitten in Scream: The TV Series. He also starred in a couple of episodes of Bates Motel as Ra’uf, one of Gil Turner’s employees.
Calvert also isn’t new to The CW. Arrow fans might recognize him as Lonnie Machin, anarchist and former mob enforcer. Those labels aren’t quite as fun as being the son of the the Devil, right?
Outside of the darker realm, he was the older, crushable high school hunk Nick Mossman in the cute coming-of-age flick The Edge of Seventeen. Even in that role, however, one thing remains a constant, which is that most of his characters are tinged with a bit of darkness.
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He has gotten to know the camera from all angles, dabbling in modeling as well as acting, and going behind the lens as a photographer. His social media is littered with artistic black-and-white photos and breathtaking nature shots.
How will Jack progress in the next season? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Princess Charlotte is only 2, but she knows what she likes. During a visit to Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London on Tuesday, Kate Middleton, who is currently pregnant with her third child, revealed that her daughter loves the color pink while chatting with a young girl named Nevaeh Richardson-Natiko. «She asked me what my favorite color is,» the 6-year-old told reporters after her encounter with the famous royal. «I said it was pink and she said that’s Charlotte’s favorite color too.»
The little princess’s favorite color shouldn’t come as a big surprise though. Aside from wearing a pink dress during the family’s official tour of Poland and Germany, she also matched with her mom when the whole family watched Trooping the Colour earlier this year. You know what they say: like mother, like daughter.
Entertainment industry omnipresence Ryan Murphy (it’s just a matter of time before he cuts an album) didn’t have enough to do. The umpteen tv shows and movies he’s creating, producing, doing the costumes and catering on, etc. just wasn’t enough. Playbill reports that Murphy is teaming with Broadway producer David Stone to bring Mart Crowley’s gay dramedy Boys in the Band to Broadway next year. Joe Mantello will direct the play, which will run from April 30 to August 12, 2018.
Ryan’s gathered pretty much ALL of the gay dudes in his regular acting troupe to star. Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannels will all star. In other news, Sarah Paulson has filed a class action lawsuit against Ryan for violating her contract. She was assured she would appear in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS PRODUCTIONS. You know she played Julia Roberts’ wheelchair in The Normal Heart, right?
The Boys In The Band was an off-Broadway play by Crowley that became a William Friedkin-directed film in 1970. It takes place in one night at the birthday party of a gay guy attended by all his friends. If you’ve never seen it, you should check it out. It’s silly and campy in parts but sobering in others. It wasn’t exactly a pride parade when you were gay back then. Let’s just say my big gay wedding would have been in someone’s basement with blackout curtains if it had taken place at all. Playbill has more info on Ryan’s production:
Each of the four is an alum of Murphy’s TV ventures. Parsons (The Normal Heart), Quinto (American Horror Story), Rannells (The New Normal), and Bomer (The Normal Heart, AHS) will take on the roles of Michael, Harold, Larry, and Donald, respectively, on stage.
The cast will also include Tony nominee Robin De Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, and Tuc Watkins as Hank. The role of Cowboy remains to be cast.
But wherefore art thou, Cheyenne Jackson? Cheyenne’s gay and he’s been in three seasons of American Horror Story. Maybe he was busy? Or maybe Ryan is trying to disassociate himself from the truly kazoo current season of AHS. SPOILER ALERT – No one likes a therapist into clowns who keeps his dead parents in the bedroom.