It’s been a rough year but television has given us more than its fair share of distractions from time to time. 2016 was another busy year for television (with no signs of slowing down). We were treated to some interesting twists and turns from our favorite returning shows and given new TV shows that have taken the place of shows that have since ended.
Part one of what the TwoCentsTV editors had to say about their favorite TV moments, new shows, and returning series from 2016 can be found here.
Let’s continue on with part two, kicking off with a daytime recap!
2016 was the year we brought daytime recaps into the TCTV fold and our own Karen B. took on General Hospital’s highlights. After more than a year and a half, viewers rejoiced as Jason Morgan’s memory (for the most part) finally returned! Less than three months later, JaSam fans celebrated as the long-separated couple renewed their vows.
Late Night is on Fire
Being an Election year (especially THIS election), there was more than enough material for late night shows like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and even Saturday Night Live. From engaging coverage to easing prospects of the outcome with a laugh, either in the form of satirical segments to impersonating the candidates (with awesome performances from Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin).
Meanwhile, James Corden continued bringing us the best Carpool Karaoke segments from artists like Adele and Mariah Carey as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s bromance showed no signs of stopping.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is Everywhere
If there’s one thing 2016 brought us, it was the emergence of Broadway’s Lin-Manuel Miranda across all mediums. From the stage to film to TV, Miranda was everywhere this year and really lived the Hamilton line, “the man is non-stop.”
Miranda and Hamilton took on TV beginning with the Tony Awards earlier this year, as the acclaimed Broadway show dominated and Miranda delivered a touching and poignant acceptance speech saying “love is love is love.” Miranda then headed to Saturday Night Live, reporting for hosting duty. His enthusiasm and fantastic opening monologue made it an SNL to remember.
The year’s end brought a wonderful look at not only Miranda’s Hamilton but the process to get the show done. Fans were given insight into this cast of characters that were responsible for shaping the country from the actors and actresses that became these people for a while.
And of course, how could this part of our year in review end without mentioning Miranda’s turn on Comedy Central’s Drunk History that gave us a reenactment of parts that weren’t necessarily in the musical (as well as a solid The West Wing reference by Miranda as he was calling the former George Washington, Christopher Jackson).
The Crossover of the Year
There’s no doubt that the biggest crossover of the year over here at TCTV was the four-night Arrowverse crossover! Not only was it the most cohesive crossover the verse has had in its short time, it was also able to honor the series that started it all as the Arrow 100th episode was right in the middle of the crossover event.
Though the aliens initially sounded a little out of place given that only two out of the four shows actually embrace the alien aspects, it was very well done and gave mostly every character a chance to be in the thick of it. We got to see Team Arrow join up with Team Flash and the Legends with Supergirl in tow! The crossover also (finally) gave us consequences for Barry’s manipulations of time and creating Flashpoint with the Flash being confronted.
Event TV in 2016 meant different things for different viewers. For TCTV, it meant live TV musicals and a look at one of the biggest murder trials in the last 25 years.
While NBC launched its latest live TV musical experiment with Hairspray Live featuring Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton and a standout performance by Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Mabel, Fox aired its first foray into the format and gave us a solid live musical in Grease Live.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story brought back memories for many of the circumstances surrounding O.J. Simpson’s arrest and trial for murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. The cast, which included Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, did an amazing job and captivated millions for 10 episodes as they took viewers through the case from beginning to end.
There were some great moments on television this year and then there were some moments where we had to say goodbye to some of our favorite or long-running shows. After news about a potential season nine, viewers had to say goodbye to Castle after a somewhat uneven final season.
2016 was also the year we had to say goodbye to the Crowleys and Downton Abbey after years of seeing the inner workings of the home and becoming familiar with the downstairs staff and the obstacles they all faced. Fans also had to say goodbye to Alicia Florrick and The Good Wife (but 2017 brings a spin-off titled The Good Fight) after years of acclaim and one very memorable musical moment.
In the gone too soon department, we have Marvel’s Agent Carter which was cancelled after only two seasons. The cancellation left fans with a few too many questions and a Peggy Carter-shaped hole in our schedules. ABC also cancelled the sing-along comedy Galavant after just two seasons.
Over on the reality side, we had to say goodbye to long-running singing competition American Idol after 15 seasons of giving us singers like Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, and of course Kelly Clarkson. After countless awesome experiments Mythbusters busted its final myth this year with the original crew. However, 2017 is bringing a new round of Mythbusters as a competition begins to assemble a new crew.
It wasn’t only TV shows we had to say goodbye to but characters as well. From Poussey’s final moments on Orange is the New Black to Hodor’s end on Game of Thrones, it was rough for TV fans to say goodbye to their favorites. Once Upon a Time fans had to say goodbye to Robin Hood after he and Regina decided to take on Hades and he made the hero’s sacrifice.
Callie Torres had her last shift on Grey’s Anatomy at the end of season 12 and House of Cards fans said goodbye to Meechum. The 100 fans were also met with the demise of two fan favorites, Lincoln and Lexa.
And then there are the Arrowverse deaths. While Snart sacrificed himself to save the Legends last season on Legends of Tomorrow, Rip made the sacrifice in the season opener. Over on Arrow, Laurel falls at the hands of Damien Darhk. But of course, in classic Arrowverse-style, things may not be as it seems from the looks of their winter finales (though one trailer gives us more insight into what the answer may be).
And that covers the year in review for our TwoCentsTV editors. What did your TV year look like?