By the end of a now distant 2017, I was far more bright-eyed than wise. Almost ludicrously so, noting in my ill-fated predictions for 2018, that “after a miserable 2017, 2018 actually might give us reason to believe in a brighter future.”
Sure, I had noted that we’d see more revivals, and more break-ups and make-ups, but such is par for the course when it comes to pop culture. Love doesn’t last forever, that’s something we’re reminded of year-in and year-out; this year with the demise of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff, Jenny Slate and Chris Evans (again), and Nas and Nicki Minaj.
So, no, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez did not tie the knot as I foresaw (though the glitz of New Year’s Eve awaits, and how can JLo say no to that?!), but they likely made the smart call if history is to be believed. Take your time, I say now, wizened and dispirited. Don’t pull a Biebz and Baldwin who, this year, were engaged and married. Instead, find inspiration in Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx who, as I correctly foresaw, finally made their first public appearance together. A jilted Tom Cruise, Holmes’s former husband and Foxx’s former co-star, did not, however, have a new partner assigned to him by the Church of Scientology. (Though he did make box-office love with Ethan Hunt and the latest Mission:Impossible!)
But back to hopelessness, that awful wretch. Television may have been great and vast this year, but when it was at its best, it was bleak as hell, with everything from Sharp Objects to Forever to The Haunting of Hill House. So how might one escape from this world? As I’d prayed for, an all-female Godfather of course. While that goldmine may not yet be in the tank, diversity did continue to reign supreme with Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians dominating this year’s box office, and even picking up Golden Globe nominations. So, if there’s any hope for the future, it’s here, and if there were any prediction that should have seen some promise, it’s this one, alive as well on television, with Pose, which features the largest LGBTQ cast in scripted series history. Not bad, 2018.
The one thing I’m still holding out for? A Who’s The Boss reunion. No one wants an out-of-work Tony Danza. No one! Besides, the people (a.k.a. me) still want to know: who is the boss? (Judith Light, let’s be real.)