Hello, 2016! I’ve been looking forward to your arrival for a while now, and I’m so glad that you’re finally here. Since Marla already highlighted the best of 2015, I figured this would be a great time to share a few entertainment-related things that I’m particularly excited about this upcoming year.
Rio 2016 Summer Olympics on August 5 – August 21
Random fact about me: The first thing I ever searched on the Internet was the exact date for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Another random fact about me: I was only 9 months old at the time! (Okay, not really, but still.) I am not a big sports person but I stan (aka become an obsessive fan) for the Summer Olympics so hard. There’s just nothing like being able to watch a group of people’s life-long dreams come true. (The male track athletes taking off their shirts after running their races doesn’t hurt either.)
Returning Show: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season premiere spring 2016 on Netflix)
I am here for all things Tina Fey, and I will always be especially grateful to her for introducing Titus into my life. If you have Netflix, head there right now (well, after you finish reading this post) and watch the first season. Stat.
New Show: Tie—The Real Housewives of Potomoc (Premieres January 17 on Bravo) and Little Women: Atlanta (Premieres January 27 on Lifetime)
Perhaps the only thing I love more than Tiny Fey would be reality TV franchises starring women with too much time, too much money and too much weave—and these two reality show spinoffs promise to hit everything on my wish list and more.
Remake: Ghostbusters (Out on July 22)
The original came out in 1984, and I remember it clearly, mainly because I was conflicted by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. How can something so obviously delicious cause so much destruction?? (It was only later that I realized it was a metaphor for all desserts!) So I can’t wait until this all-female version hits the screen. I just hope they keep the theme song, maybe update it with “Who you gonna text?” or better yet, “Who you gonna tweet?”
Movie Based on Book: The Girl on the Train (Out on October 7)
I don’t think there is a writer out there who doesn’t dream of their book being made into a movie. Usually, it’s the YA trilogies that get all the buzz, so I’m super excited that Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller about (spoiler alert) a girl on a train is making its way to the big screen.
Debut: Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper (Out on March 22)
So yeah, I may know the author, but even if I didn’t, I would be super excited to read this debut mystery about a destination wedding planner who has to deal with more than a bridezilla at her latest wedding. Kelsey’s first-person voice is just so funny and unique. I definitely would want her to plan my wedding (and solve any murders that happen to occur while I’m walking down the aisle).
Returning Series: Tie—Permanently Booked by Lisa Q. Mathews (Out on April 4) and Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (Out on September 13)
It’s not my fault that I have really talented friends. Permanently Booked combines two of my favorite things: The Ladies Smythe and Westin, and books! And my only piece of advice for reading Body on the Bayou is not to read it on an empty stomach. All the food descriptions will make you almost want to eat the pages.
What are you excited about in 2016? Let me know in the comments section.