Here at ET, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, this is what we’re most excited about:
All Things 2017
With 2016 behind us, it’s time to get excited about the next 12 months, starting with a slate of promising new TV shows, including the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, the CW’s Archie comics adaptation Riverdale featuring Stranger Things scene stealer Shannon Purser and the all-star ensemble cast led by Ian McShane on American Gods. Of course, all the excitement isn’t limited to TV, with major films -- including Baywatch, Beauty and the Beast and Blade Runner 2049 -- all promising to be big at the box office. And in terms of music, we just have two words: Taylor Swift.
Kaitlin Olson, who plays Sweet Dee on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is easily the most underrated player of the ensemble that boasts breakout star Charlie Day and Danny DeVito. Having proved her comedic chops and sharp wit for 11 seasons of the FXX series, she’s stepping out on her own with The Mick on Fox, playing an irresponsible grifter left in charge of her wealthy niece and nephews. But It’s Always Sunny fans shouldn’t worry about Olson breaking up the gang -- she is pulling double duty, starring on both.
The Mick, which premiered Jan. 1, will air in its regular time slot of Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox starting Jan. 3. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 12 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. ET on FXX.
All will be revealed when Nashville -- previously on ABC for four seasons -- returns on CMT. What happened to Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) after that massive cliffhanger at the end of season four? The question will be answered early in the two-hour premiere, the first hour of which is now streaming on Hulu. While resurrecting a show following a major plane crash and network change may seem like a big challenge, new co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz tells ET it was an opportunity. “There was a lot of great stuff to work with,” he says.
Nashville premieres with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’
Following the unexpected deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, HBO is pushing up the release of a new documentary exploring the complicated yet loving relationship of this Hollywood royalty. Directed by Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood) and Alexis Bloom, much of the footage for the film was shot nearly a year ago, before anyone could have imagined the heartbreaking fate of both stars.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will air on HBO on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Golden Globes
The Golden Globes officially kicks off the final sprint of awards season, with 20th Century Women, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight all up for film’s biggest accolades. On the TV side, new series -- Atlanta, The Crown, This Is Us and Westworld -- will all get their first crack at award recognition. And considering that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association surprised us with its 2017 nominations, the night should be full of unexpected wins.
The 74th Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will be handed out live on Sunday, Jan. 8 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.