The longtime star, who played Aaron Hotchner since the series’ 2005 debut, was fired after allegedly kicking a writer on the set of the CBS procedural, prompting the writers to scramble for an appropriate resolution to his character’s abrupt exit. Ultimately, the show opted not to kill Hotchner, leaving the door open for a possible return in the future.
You couldn’t turn away from the TV without seeing or hearing mention of Donald Trump. Whether it be through the presidential debates, the fallout from the secret Billy Bush recording or Megyn Kelly’s challenge of his inflammatory remarks on women, the president-elect was everywhere. (He even launched his own Internet channel, Trump TV!)
The former NFL star announced his unexpected and surprising departure from Live! With Kelly and Michael in April for a full-time gig at Good Morning America after four years co-hosting with Kelly Ripa. During his final episode in May, Strahan admitted the farewell was “a moment I didn’t anticipate … at this point." “But it is here, and we are going to enjoy it," he said at the time.
In September, the 32-year-old Olympian received more than he bargained for on Dancing With the Stars, when two protesters stormed the stage while he and Cheryl Burke were receiving their judges’ critique. At the time, Lochte was coming off a scandal-filled summer after he admitted he “over-exaggerated” claims that he was robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Olympics and took “full responsibility.”
Baldwin made a statement with his Donald Trump impersonations on Saturday Night Live, lampooning the 70-year-old president-elect over the course of the season for various reasons. From lambasting Trump’s penchant for retweeting random teenagers to parodying his busy post-election schedule, Baldwin’s performance prompted Trump, who last hosted SNL in 2015, to react: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad.”
Though the Late Late Show host’s viral sensation technically didn’t launch this year (March 2015, if you were curious), 2016 marked the rise of the unbelievably successful franchise. Just look at all the stars he’s been able to score: Adele! Britney Spears! Bruno Mars! Chris Martin! Jennifer Lopez! Stevie Wonder! Not to mention, it’s becoming its own show via Apple Music.
Is 2016 the Year of Bey? It might as well have been! The GRAMMY winner -- and all-around flawless beauty -- made the rounds and left a mark everywhere she went. She kicked off the year by stealing the Super Bowl limelight from Coldplay (sorry, Chris Martin!) and followed it up with the stunning Lemonade visual film on HBO, a pulse-pounding performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and lighting the stage on fire at the BET Awards with Kendrick Lamar. We could go on and on…
The year was ripe with TV shows featuring familiar characters or with a nostalgic bent. There was the breakthrough hit Stranger Things (what’s up, Eleven?), the anticipated Gilmore Girls revival, Full House sequel series Fuller House and many others, including Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Frequency and the news that a brand new Star Trek series, Discovery, is coming. Will 2017 continue the trend?
For a two-week span in August, the Rio Olympics were all anyone could talk about and it was Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, and the women’s gymnastics team that dominated. Miss Phelps’ final race? Forget to tune in to Simone Biles and future DWTS champ Laurie Hernandez score big? Good luck holding a conversation.
Last year’s Making a Murderer kick-started the trend. This year, prime focus was paid to the 20-year anniversary of the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey murder, as well as the O.J. Simpson murder case, which was the subject of FX’s award-winning drama series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and ESPN docu-series, O.J.: Made in America.