Christmas is over, but we’re not done making our wish list.
With a new year comes a fresh start, and hopes and dreams for what might be in 2014. Emmy love for an oft-overlooked show. A shake-up in country music. A restraining order preventing Miley Cyrus‘ foam finger from entering the BMO Harris Bradley Center for her March 9 show. These are just three out of 30 things we hope will happen — or won’t happen — in arts and entertainment in 2014.
Feel free to dream with us. Is there a band you’re dying to see play Milwaukee? A movie you have high hopes for? An annoying pop culture trend (like, oh, let’s say, twerking) you hope will be dead and buried for good? Sound off in the comments section of this story at tapmilwaukee.com, or take your 2014 wishes to Twitter using #TellTap.
1. No foam finger at Miley Cyrus’ March 9 BMO Harris Bradley Center show. Must people hand over their hard-earned money to be subjected to such torture?2. No more trucks in "bro-country" songs. Please, fellas, if you can only spare to lose one cliché, make it this one.3.Bruno Mars at Summerfest. It’s always a great feeling when the Big Gig books a music industry-dominating headliner at the peak of popularity; I’m hard pressed to think of anyone more suitable than the Billboard Artist of 2013 and forthcoming Super Bowl halftime performer.4."Community" becomes cool again. One big pro: Fired creator and Milwaukee native Dan Harmon is back on board for NBC’s cult favorite comedy. Big cons: Actors Chevy Chase and Donald Glover have left the show. We’ll see how it fares when it returns at 7 p.m. Thursday on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).5.Daft Punk‘s "Random Access Memories" wins the big prize at the Grammys Jan. 26. Wouldn’t it be something if the best album of the year award actually went to the best album of the year?6. Tom Hanks gets an Academy Award nomination for "Captain Phillips." Oscar talk has seemed to cool for Hanks’ role as a sea captain kidnapped by Somali pirates, but the shattering final scene alone is more than worthy of recognition.7. No more talking during concerts. It’s discourteous to the artists and other concert-goers, and it reflects badly on us as a city.8.Kendrick Lamar takes a break. Yes, he’s one of the best MCs working today. But after making a guest appearance on practically every hip-hop album of 2013 (plus the Lonely Island’s latest laugh fest), it’d be nice to have a little less Lamar in 2014.9.Justin Bieber is good to his word. The pop star suggested recently that he’s retiring. Whether it actually happens, the whole world could at least use a break from his monkey-abandoning, restaurant-mop-bucket-urinating antics.10. A new Outkast album: This has been on every fan’s wish list since 2007, but with the hip-hop duo reportedly reuniting in 2014, an album could happen this year.
11. CBS picks up Jim Gaffigan‘s comedy pilot about his family. Can’t wait to see the "spending the holidays with the in-laws in Milwaukee" episode.12. More women among country’s most popular acts. Is it so much to ask that some talented lady newcomers such as Kacey Musgraves (below), Ashley Monroe or Brandy Clark join the male-dominant, chart-topping country A-list?13. Joel Kinnaman becomes a household name. Odds aren’t favorable that the "Robocop" remake (out Feb. 12) will be his breakout role, but the charismatic Kinnaman showed real star potential as Detective Holder on twice-canceled (and twice-revived) "The Killing."14."Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" somehow isn’t an extreme disappointment. What chance does a spin-off centered around "Bad’s" sleazy lawyer (Bob Odenkirk) have of recapturing the magic of one of the best TV shows of all time?15. ABC’s "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." shakes things up. It’s got "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon behind the scenes and is set in the Marvel universe, and the best thing the showrunners could come up with was a standard procedural of the week? (The show returns at 7 p.m. Jan. 7.)16. AMC’s ’80s-set computer industry drama "Halt and Catch Fire" becomes the network’s next "Mad Men." I’ve got a personal interest in this; co-creator Chris Cantwell is a friend from high school.17. Another stadium show at Miller Park. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another three years like it did between Farm Aid in 2010 and Kenny Chesney last May.18."X-Men: Days of Future Past" returns the X-Men franchise to its former glory. "X2: X-Men United" was a Grade-A comic book movie. Then director Bryan Singer left to make the not-so-super "Superman Returns" and giant bomb "Jack the Giant Slayer," while the franchise was handed over to lesser talents Matthew Vaughn and (shudder) Brett Ratner. Hopefully with Singer directing the new installment, and a great cast spanning from Ian McKellen to Michael Fassbender to Jennifer Lawrence, the X-Men’s best days aren’t in the past. (The movie comes out May 23.)19. A Wisconsin band gets some record label love. Phox (below), Blessed Feathers and the Fatty Acids are just a few bands more than worthy of that extra attention and support.20.Taylor Swift doesn’t tank "The Giver" movie. Such a great book, but Swift is such a bad actress. ("The Giver" comes out Aug. 15.)21.FX gets some major Emmy recognition. The cable network has some of the boldest shows on TV, yet somehow, intelligent, twisty-turning dramas like "Justified" (pictured below, returns 9 p.m. Jan. 7) and "The Americans" (returns 9 p.m. Feb. 26) have been largely overlooked.22."Parks and Recreation" survives. Overlooked at the Emmys. Down in the ratings. The loss of stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe early next year. Odds aren’t so favorable for a renewal, but a cancellation would mean the death of the funniest comedy on the air. (The show returns at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 on WTMJ-TV.)
23.Bruce Springstreen and the E Street Band play Milwaukee. It’s time the Boss comes back, particularly with the new album "High Hopes" (out Jan. 14) to promote.
24.Lady Gaga gets her act together before her Summerfest show. Just three years ago, Gaga was visually groundbreaking; now she’s largely gimmicky, likely because she’s lost her manager and her stylist this year. Here’s hoping she finds a suitable visionary partner for her new tour.
25. The end of intentionally awful YouTube music videos. Enough with "Chinese Food," "Good Time," "It’s Thanksgiving" and other songs designed to be so terrible they’ll go viral. Remember, if we all stop clicking on them, they’ll stop making them (we hope).26. Josh Holloway has a solid second act. Of everyone who starred on "Lost," Holloway, as Sawyer, a con artist with a heart of gold, was the most likable and the most likely to have a high-profile acting career after the show ended. But all he landed were bit parts. Now he’s got the top role on CBS’ new action series "Intelligence"; we’re hoping it’s intelligent enough to give Holloway a career boost. "Intelligence" premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 on WDJT-TV (Channel 58).
27.U2‘s new album is worthy of its legacy. The new single for the Nelson Mandela biopic was surprisingly uninspired, so we’re hoping that U2’s first album in five years, expected this spring, will remind us why the band deserves to be one the biggest in the world.
28. No more late-night drama from Jay Leno and the NBC brass. When he leaves "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6 (to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon Feb. 24), he needs to stay gone for good.
29. Kevin Hart doesn’t make us sick of Kevin Hart. The affable, fast-talking funnyman is appearing in a whopping six movies in 2014. Based on the tepid reviews of "Grudge Match," it’s unlikely all of them will be great. Here’s hoping the overexposure doesn’t kill his appeal.30. Another Beyoncé-sized music surprise: After a year of endless over-the-top marketing pushes for albums from Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and others, Queen Bey’s sudden iTunes album release was the true event of the year, thanks to her best music to date and a whopping 17 music videos. It should inspire artists and record labels to think outside the box this year.