With only a couple of weeks left in 2021, now is the perfect moment to take a look at 7 TV shows that will inspire you in the new year.
Whether you need more confidence in your career, a reminder to not give up on love, or just a good laugh, make sure to add these shows to your 2022 watchlist! And cheers to a happy new year!
Don’t forget to leave a comment down below letting us know if you’ve seen any of these shows already and which ones you’re looking forward to watching!
1. Succession (HBO Max)
Succession follows the Roy family, owners of the most powerful media conglomerate in the world. As the children fight to be named the successor of the company when their father finally decides to step down, ugly truths are uncovered. Yet money and power prevail keeping them protected from any reputational harm.
Every character is almost as terrible as the next, but there are definitely traits to be learned including loyalty, fearlessness, and resilience. I’m sure we can all agree, implementing a bit of Logan Roy energy into our “new year, new me” will bring us to new levels in our lives and careers.
2. Insecure (HBO Max)
As its title suggests, Issa Rae’s cleverly written comedy, Insecure, dissects the insecurities of her character of the same name. It’s a show that breaks down the stereotypes of Black women and gives them a truthful voice.
You’ll surely find reliability within the characters, and hopefully, it will provide you some sort of solace in finding comfort in yourself in the upcoming year. Break out of those molds and defy expectations alongside Issa, and you will see growth.
3. Ordinary Joe (NBC)
As a society focused on “what if,” Ordinary Joe seeks to answer or, at the very least, examine this concept. Joe Kimbreau’s life up until graduating college has been on a singular path until he has to make one decision that could split his life into three different paths.
If you’ve ever wondered how your life is influenced by every choice you make, perhaps Ordinary Joe is for you. Just don’t let it send you down a spiral. Start the new year making assured decisions and don’t second-guess yourself, leave that for TV show writers.
4. Hacks (HBO Max)
This award-winning show Hacks is absolutely everything and more. A show that puts women in comedy at the forefront, while majorly distinguishing the divide between Boomers and Gen Zers, is sure to entertain you and provide laugh-out-loud moments.
So don’t sleep on this comedy, start the new year off with some good humor. And get ready for the second season to premiere hopefully sometime in 2022.
5. Love Life (HBO Max)
If you’re on the brink of giving up on love you need to watch Love Life. Darby’s almost positive she won’t find the right guy. However, along the path of broken hearts and trashy men, she realizes that every relationship no matter how bad serves as a lesson and brings her one step closer to the right match.
If you’re a fan of the iconic movie 500 Days of Summer, you’ll absolutely find enjoyment in this adorable rom-com. Let it provide you hope that you’re on the right path, and soon enough the right person will make their appearance.
6. Shrill (Hulu)
Self-love and confidence are two things Annie Eaton on Shrill has certainly struggled with. But over the course of this hilarious and honest series, she redefines her insecurities into confidence boosters. Those pesky extra pounds she wishes she could lose instead contribute to her career’s success and rather than focusing on her relationships with men, she reexamines her relationship with herself.
So before you add “lose weight” to your new year’s resolutions, turn on Shrill and ask yourself why.
7. The Sex Life of College Girls (HBO Max)
Mindy Kaling’s new show, The Sex Lives of College Girls, opens the line of communication. Sex talk is often taboo, especially for women, but this new comedy confronts those old-fashioned views and does so with a diverse cast. But between all of the silly sex-capades, a story of an unlikely friendship between the four roommates unfolds.
This show is breaking down norms going into the new year and will inspire you to follow suit. Don’t let tradition hold you back!
Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022
When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.
There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.
And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!
Fa la la la—enjoy!
Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10
Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.
Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2
Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.
Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17
Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love, played by Freddie Prinze Jr.
Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2
Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!
The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24
Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”
ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars
With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.
Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.
Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:
MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily
MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)
8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)
THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)
MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)
SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)
THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)
MONDAY, JAN. 2
8 pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm Quantum Leap
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC
TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)
TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND
SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist
MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam
5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022
Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.
Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.
While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show.
Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:
Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.
Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start.
Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.
Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!
Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart.
Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!
Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?
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