Now that we’ve officially made it through the entertainment dry spell that kicks off every new year, EW is looking forward to what 2015 really has to offer. And in order to start your year off right, we’re rounding up our staff picks for what we’re most looking forward to this spring.
Summer movies are still a little bit away, but theater season is really heating up (April 23, the Tony eligibility cutoff date, is fast approaching). This spring, I’m looking forward to hearing showtunes both classic and contemporary. But don’t worry: Even if you’re not passing through New York, there’s still a lot to get excited about. TV’s giving us a relatable zombie and a documentary about a classic children’s character, while Kristen Wiig is giving a big-screen performance that highlights her flare for the bizarre.
The King and I, previews begin March 12, opens April 16: Kelli O’Hara should have a bunch of Tonys by now—but, alas, she doesn’t. That could change after she takes on on another of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic heroines, playing Anna in Lincoln Center’s production of The King and I opposite Ken Watanabe. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…
iZombie, March 17: Take a heavy dose of Veronica Mars, add a dash of Buffy, and you’ve got something like iZombie, which comes from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. The heroine, Liv Moore, is a zombie who uses her job at the morgue for easy access to brains. The brains not only satiate her, but also give her visions that help her solve murders and force her to take on the personality traits of the person to whom they once belonged. Don’t let the convoluted premise turn you away: This yields twisty fun mysteries. And if you’re simply looking for another kickass female hero to worship, Liv’s your girl.
It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, March 23: It probably says a lot about me—not all of it flattering—that I grew up loving Eloise, the adorable/adorably obnoxious little girl who lives in New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Now I’m a Girls-watching adult—so of course this documentary about Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight, executive produced by Girls‘ Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is marked on my calendar.
Mad Men, April 5: No one knows that much about the last episodes of Mad Men, given Matthew Weiner’s strict code of secrecy. But fashions from the promos images imply that the ’70s (and that era’s terrible styles) have reached the people of Sterling Cooper & Partners and its orbit. I’m not expecting everything to be tied up in a neat bow, but I’m hoping for some closure on the stories of Don, Pete, Joan, Sally, and especially Peggy.
Welcome to Me, May 1 (limited): Kristen Wiig’s post SNL film career has been a delight to watch as she tackles roles both funny (Bridesmaids) and funny-sad (The Skeleton Twins). In her upcoming film Welcome To Me, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Wiig takes on an Oprah-obsessed woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins the lottery and gets her own talk show. It’s just the kind of oddball role at which Wiig should excel. The Hollywood Reporter‘s review read: “Funny, dark, and riding a very fine line in its depiction of mental illness, it may be the best thing we could hope would emerge from the side of Wiig that gave us Gilly.” Sign me up.