Happy New Year! As we pick up the pieces of 2016 and round the corner into a fresh beginning, I thought it would be a good time to take a look ahead at a selection of what 2017 has to offer, pop-culture-wise. Now, bear in mind this is my own very personal list of ten things I am anticipating, so chances are they won’t line up exactly with what everyone else in our audience is looking forward to. But rest assured, there’s plenty more coming down the pike from our friends at Disney and other studios/networks well beyond what I’ve corralled here.
With that in mind, let’s get started, shall we?
1 – “Rick and Morty” – season 3 (early 2017)
Far and away my favorite current animated sitcom, “Rick and Morty” has nicely filled in the sci-fi comedy slot vacated by “Futurama” ever since (almost immediately after) that show was cancelled in 2013. Unfortunately, a somewhat larger episode order for the third season, partnered with the time-consuming work of animating the series, has meant a very long break between new episodes– we’re creeping up on that year-and-a-half gap promised by Mr. Poopybutthole at the end of last season’s finale. We can only hope creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, along with their talented staff, can make the deadline.
WATCH PREVIEW OF “RICK AND MORTY” SEASON 3:
2 – “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” (January 24th)
One of the most beloved long-running video game series of all time, and undeniably the IP that popularized the genre of survival horror, “Resident Evil” is back for its seventh iteration– if you don’t count the many offshoots and remakes the franchise has generated through the two decades since its 1996 debut. While the previous entry in the main series was something of a disappointment, deviating from the traditional form of gameplay fans had come to know and love, “Biohazard” promises a glorious return to form, even incorporating the Japanese title from the original. I can’t wait.
WATCH “RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD” GAMEPLAY TRAILER:
3 – “Better Call Saul” – season 3 (February 2017)
Who knew when AMC ordered a prequel spinoff of “Breaking Bad”, one of the most highly-regarded dramas in television history, that creator Peter Gould and mastermind Vince Gilligan would conjure up a tragicomic backstory for sleazy Albuquerque lawyer Saul Goodman that somehow rivals Walter White’s rise and fall in both scope and emotional investment? It turns out that Saul (née Jimmy McGill– played deftly once again by Bob Odenkirk) had a competitive relationship with his psychosomatic shut-in brother (Michael McKean) that drove him into his life of scheming and con-artistry. It’s captivating stuff.