2015 has come and (nearly) gone somehow, leading us to ponder which films and TV shows we're most looking forward to in the new year. From blockbuster entertainments on the big and small screens ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "Games of Thrones" Season 6) to smaller-scale delights (Robert Eggers' "The Witch," Comedy Central's "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser"), here are 20 movies, TV shows and other pop-culture events the staff of HitFix is most anticipating in 2016.

  • 'American Gods'
    Photo Credit: William Morrow/Headline

    Premiere Date: Likely late 2016
    Neil Gaiman’s celebrated magnum opus — brought to the screen by Bryan Fuller. The dark, strange, sprawling, hallucinogenic novel is a tough one to adapt, but I have no doubt the showrunner of “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daises” is up for the job.
    - Emily Rome

  • 'Divorce'
    Photo Credit: HBO

    Premiere Date: N/A
    Everything about this HBO comedy is thrilling: 1) Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV; 2) it's created by Sharon Horgan, the Irish actor-writer who you've seen on "Catastrophe" with Rob Delaney; 3) the costars are Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony-winning actor Tracy Letts; 4) divorce is, as we all know, hilarious. 
    - Louis Virtel

  • 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'

    Premiere Date: February 8
    We've been waiting for a female late-night host, so why not pick one whose every appearance on "The Daily Show" dripped with cool, informed cynicism? Samantha Bee's upcoming TBS series "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" will apply her drollness to current issues and hopefully propel her into deserved status as a go-to authority on real-world absurdity.
    - Louis Virtel

  • 'Game of Thrones'

    Premiere Date: April
    "Game of Thrones" fans are in a particularly interesting position as we head into Season 6 in that the playing field has now been leveled. We're all equally in the dark, and it's a pretty exciting place to be. At the close of last season, TV viewers were left with the same Jon Snow cliffhanger than book readers have been living with for years. Now, with Winter well and truly on the way, we can venture into this new chapter together. Knowing nothing. 
    - Roth Cornet

  • 'Ghostbusters'
    Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

    Release Date: July 15
    The endlessly quotable 1984 “Ghostbusters” (much of it ad-libbed by Bill Murray) always seemed like it could never get a remake that would live up to the original. But if anyone can do it, four comediennes — Melissa McCarthy plus three “SNL” cast members — can. Add in “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig and Chris Hemsworth as the new Janine, and you’ve got a reboot worth being excited about.
    - Emily Rome

  • 'Godzilla Resurgence'
    Photo Credit: Toho

    Release Date: July 29 (Japan)
    It's cool enough that Toho is making their own Godzilla films parallel to whatever Hollywood's doing with the famous giant monster, but bringing in Hideaki Anno, anime superstar, to write and direct is sort of brilliant. The creator of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is planning something that's more in line with the classic idea of what these films are, and I'm dying to see what a new Toho film looks like. The teaser trailer that's out there now is a tease in every way, but we only have to wait until summer to see what kind of destruction Godzilla will be waging on Japan.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • 'Hail, Caesar!'

    Release Date: February 5
    Yes, yes, you love the Coen brothers. But what would you say is their most rewatchable film? "No Country for Old Men"? Too bracing. "The Big Lebowski"? Too long and well-quoted. I'd say it's "Burn After Reading," a comedy starring monumental talents that grows on you with each viewing. The Coens' new movie "Hail, Caesar!", about the behind-the-scenes tumult on a '50s Hollywood epic, seems like it'll match the tone of "Burn" -- and not just because it also stars George Clooney and Tilda Swinton. I'm particularly excited to see Scarlett Johansson play an Esther Williams-type bathing beauty and Swinton to play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, whose portrayal by Helen Mirren in "Trumbo" could've been spikier. 
    - Louis Virtel


  • 'The Howard Stern Show'
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    Premiere Date: January
    The self-proclaimed King of All Media's new five-year deal with Sirius XM will take the long-running radio series into uncharted waters, specifically with the addition of a live-streaming video option that will kick in sometime in the (presumably) near future. It'll also be interesting to see which A-list guests make it in studio this year; in 2015, such unlikely interviewees as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (who Howard bashed earlier in his career) sat down for extended, news-making chats in Studio 69. My 2016 is looking a little brighter with the knowledge that Howard and Robin will be throwing down more hilarious banter in the new year and (well) beyond.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • 'Moana'
    Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios

    Release Date: November 23
    There is one big reason to be excited about Disney’s next animated princess movie, and the world now knows his name: Lin-Manuel Miranda. The creator of massive Broadway hit “Hamilton” is another interesting choice from Disney for a songwriter. For “Frozen,” the House of Mouse also plucked talent from a decidedly un-family-friendly-but-brilliant Broadway show — Robert Lopez, co-creator of “The Book of Mormon” — and we all witnessed that turning into a total Disney win.
    - Emily Rome

  • 'The Nice Guys'

    Release Date: May 20
    Shane Black is back in his comfort zone here with the story of two guys teamed up to track down a missing girl in late '70s Los Angeles, and the first trailer for the movie promised his standard whip-smart hilarious dialogue and some remarkable violence. I would have never expected the comedy duo of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, but based on the sizzle reel and the chemistry that I saw on the set of the film, it is an exciting combination, and it could turn out to be one of the year's most enjoyable pieces of pure entertainment.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • 'Not Safe with Nikki Glaser'

    Premiere Date: February 9
    One of the greatest moments in "Trainwreck" was Nikki Glaser's performance as an infuriating baby shower attendee. Thankfully, we'll have more of her to adore in "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser," a Comedy Central series where she'll discuss sex, relationships, and taboo fun -- the kinds of topics that made her MTV talk show "Nikki & Sara Live" so fun. The new show premieres February 9.
    - Louis Virtel


  • Original Ideas
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    Release Date: N/A
    Yes, I'm well aware that several of the other entries I've chosen for this list make this one seem hilarious at first glance, but it's true. We spend much of the time writing about things we anticipate, and in today's corporate film culture, much of what we anticipate is based on things we've already experienced in one form or another. But there is no thrill more profound than walking into something you really don't have any preconceptions about and then getting knocked flat by it. Come on, filmmakers… even the richest of you have to be getting tired of constantly churning through someone else's intellectual property. I get that the Disney model of IP farming is the future, but shake it up. Show us what else you've got. Telling stories for a living is cool. You know what's cooler? Telling your own stories.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • 'Passengers'
    Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

    Release Date: December 21
    The spec script by Jon Spaihts was one of the best reads in recent Hollywood memory, and the casting of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as the leads is one of those dream combinations that seems too good to be true. Pratt plays a guy who is aboard a deep-space transport where everyone is frozen for the duration of the trip. His cryochamber malfunctions, waking him up early, and he realizes that he will spend the rest of his life alone, never making it to the actual destination. He decides to wake up one woman "accidentally" so he's not alone, leading to the strangest relationship you're going to see in a movie in 2016. Will it work? God, we hope so.
    - Drew McWeeny


  • A potential 'Red Dead Redemption' sequel
    Photo Credit: Rockstar Games

    Release Date: N/A
    The last game in this series might well be my favorite game released for the last generation of consoles, and rumor is we'll be seeing a new game as early as fall 2016. What made "Red Dead Redemption" so great was the way it managed to make you feel like the entire mythical American West was yours to explore, and for once, the story really was the most important part. There are very few games that have ever emotionally involved me the way this one did, and the unexpected coda to the game really pushed it over the top. But let's be honest… give me my own horse, a six-gun and a trusty rifle, and I'm good to go. I may never be a real cowboy, but this series makes me feel like I was, and will be again.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
    Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios

    Release Date: December 16
    With "The Force Awakens" shattering record after record at the box office, the next big "Star Wars" curiosity is "Rogue One." It will set the tone for what "Star Wars" story movies -- those that are separate from the ongoing Skywalker family Saga -- can be. "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards faces a particular challenge in that we already know the outcome of the tale. And a particular opportunity, in that it fills in the gaps of one of the most pivotal moments in the "Star Wars" universe. Many perished stealing the plans to the Death Star, and now we'll find out how.
    - Roth Cornet

  • 'Sausage Party'

    Release Date: August 12
    Everything in the grocery store is alive, and it all believes that when we buy it and take it out of the store, it is being delivered to a better place. When one sausage finds out the horrifying truth, he is desperate to make it back to the grocery store alive in this positively filthy riff on modern computer animated family films. With voice talent including Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Seth Rogen, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll, Craig Robinson, and Salma Hayek, this is going to be one of strangest things released in 2016… and we can't wait.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • 'Suicide Squad'

    Release Date: August 5
    "Suicide Squad" is, in many ways, DC/Warner Brothers wild card. This "Dirty Dozen" inspired film may also very well turn out to be their strongest comic book offering since "The Dark Knight." This will be the first comic book outing to hone in on the villains, and they're taking a big swing with these particular baddies. The Joker will be held up to scrutiny, sure, as will the introduction of Harley Quinn. Lest we forget, though, the not-so-accessible-to-mass-audiences Killer Croc is also in the mix! Whether it is ultimately beautiful, or a beautiful disaster, one has to respect the bold attempt.
    - Roth Cornet


  • 'Westworld'

    Release Date: N/A
    "A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin"? Yes, please. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's update of Michael Crichton's cult 1973 sci-fi looks like yet another must-see TV event thanks to a great cast (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden), a unique, thematically rich premise and some stunning visual elements (Harris's grizzled Man in Black is particularly striking).
    - Chris Eggertsen


  • 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

    Release Date: March 4
    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" proved that Tina Fey enjoys bringing her brand of unassailable sarcasm to weirder projects. "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," her new movie this coming March, suggests that she can still go weirder. Written by "30 Rock" and "Schmidt" co-creator Robert Carlock, "Whiskey" is a comedy about a war correspondent in Afghanistan (Fey) who develops a relationship with a Scottish journalist (Martin Freeman). The potential is strong enough already, but supporting performances from Margot Robbie and Christopher Abbott, who just gave us a terrific performance in "James White," add to that anticipation.
    - Louis Virtel


  • 'The Witch'

    Release Date: February 26
    Robert Eggers' period horror film received critical raves at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and its first trailer promises a foray into some truly disturbing territory. In a year that will see the release of a slew of horror movie sequels, "The Witch" stands out thanks to an original premise and some seriously blood-curdling advance buzz.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • 'The X-Files'

    Premiere Date: January 24
    Didn't matter which night of the week it was on. "The X-Files" was appointment television for much of its run for me and my friends, and week after week, it was a show that worked overtime to entertain. When you look at the landscape of modern television, "The X-Files" is one of the shows that helped create that space, and having the entire original band back together is a nostalgic thrill no matter how the show ends up. And if it's actually good? We may leave the planet altogether from pure joy.
    - Drew McWeeny