Pop Culture in 2017: A Sneak Preview

Stephen Hunter, Brad Paisley, Jackie Evancho and others have major new projects

In 2017, not only will we see how various forms of art and entertainment respond to Donald Trump as the U.S.’s next sitting president, but major releases are planned in film, television, music, and literature.

To sift through the overload of content coming your way, we break down some of the more important releases coming after the new year in art that should be on your radar.

Even though conservatives may not have the foothold they’d like in the world of film, books have always been a place where right-of-center voices have flourished, in both nonfiction and fiction. LifeZette Editor-at-Large and EWTN News Managing Editor Raymond Arroyo will be releasing his newest Will Wilder novel, “Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders,” on March 7. The young adult series follows Wilder, a young man with supernatural ability that helps him to deal with otherworldly threats to his friends and family.

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Gun rights advocate and novelist Stephen Hunter will be releasing a new novel, “G-Man,” in May that will mark a return to form for the writer. With a successful television series, “Shooter,” currently airing based on his best-selling novel, “Point of Impact,” and a second season on the way, “G-Man” follows Charles Swagger, grandfather to “Shooter” hero Bob Lee Swagger as he hunts down gangsters in 1934. Fans will be excited to see Hunter return to the Swagger clan and his typically gun-loving prose after a break to write a novel revolving around Jack the Ripper.

Other major book releases come from conservative authors Brad Thor and Andrew Klavan. The next chapter in the Scot Harvath adventure series from Thor drops in June and is entitled, “Use of Force.” Harvath is a Secret Service agent who has appeared in more than 15 books. Thor has taken on everything from ISIS to the Federal Reserve in his novels. Conservative podcaster and novelist Andrew Klavan, who just released a book on his conversion to Christianity, will be releasing something very different from his previous work in June. “Jenny and the Darkness” is a graphic novel from the writer that is a noir tale set in the future (only vague plot details released so far).

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Nostalgia and superheroes currently dominate movie theater screens, and 2017 will be no different. DC Comics and Warner Brothers will have a big year by releasing the first-ever live action “Justice League” movie in November. They will also be putting females in the spotlight with the June release of “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot. Marvel will keep their workload up dropping yet another reboot of the “Spiderman” franchise in July, a new “Thor” in November, and the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” in May.

A major milestone will be crossed in the “X-Men” franchise, as March’s “Logan” will reportedly mark the last time Hugh Jackman will portray the character of Wolverine. The film will be his ninth appearance as the character since 2000’s “X-Men.”

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In the corner of cinematic nostalgia, the “Alien” franchise will get a new installment in May and 1982’s “Blade Runner” will receive a sequel in October, adding Ryan Gosling to the Harrison Ford-led universe — who is returning in the new film. And, of course, what would the year be without a “Star Wars” movie? “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be released on December 15th, with the late Carrie Fisher having already completed her role for the franchise installment.

It will be a big year for music, with rumored albums coming from Jackie Evancho, Trace Adkins, and Shania Twain. Completed albums still to be given a release date include work from Ed Sheeran, the always-in-the-news Kanye West, and Lorde.

On the country music side of things, Brad Paisley will drop an album titled “Love and War” in March, and Little Big Town will release “The Breaker” in February. Sure to grab the most attention will be an in-the-works album from Twain, who has not released an album since 2002.

February, as always, is a big month for TV events. The Super Bowl, 59th Grammy Awards, and 89th Academy Awards will all air that month. Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” will make a return to television screens on January 2nd with “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger stepping up and taking on hosting duties. The big question is what his firing saying will be with Trump’s signature “You’re fired!” likely to be retired. “Hasta La Vista” seems probable — but we won’t know until the action icon is forced to nix one of the new contestants, among them “Jersey Shore” star Snooki.

Other major television releases include the return of the “Star Trek” franchise and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” Though the “Star Trek” franchise has survived in cinemas, it’s been over 10 years since it was airing new content on its original platform- television. That all changes in May when “Star Trek: Discovery” premieres on CBS. “Discovery” is putting an actress front and center with Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”) as the show’s fictional captain.

“Twin Peaks” was an odd but lovable show that was cancelled after only two seasons from the odd, but lovable filmmaker David Lynch. After gaining a major cult following over the years, original cast members and Lynch will be returning to the fictional universe when the show’s long delayed third season finally premieres sometime in 2017 on Showtime.

It will have been 26 years since the original series finale.

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