Hollywood's 10 Make-or-Break Moments of 2016

7:00 AM 12/21/2015

by THR Staff

Will Adele’s tour top Taylor Swift's? Can 'Batman v. Superman' launch a Warner Bros. franchise? And can Netflix expand to China? Mark your calendar now for these major moves.

Courtesy of Alasdair McLellan
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    MTV's Own 'Game of Thrones' Gamble

    Courtesy of MTV

    It's not HBO. It's MTV? On Jan. 5, the network known for Teen Mom and Teen Wolf launches the megabudget fantasy The Shannara Chronicles. Its reception could affect other networks' willingness to bet big.

  2. 2

    Viceland to Launch

    Courtesy of VICELAND

    On Feb. 29, A+E Networks' H2 channel becomes Viceland, and Shane Smith's red-hot Vice will see if a digital media brand some have valued at $4 billion can translate successfully to a cable network.

  3. 3

    Adele's Tour Kicks Off

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    The chart-topping singer kicks off her 2016 tour Feb. 29 in Belfast and will tour the U.S. in the summer. Her album sales are outpacing Taylor Swift — will her concert grosses do the same?

  4. 4

    Cable's New Megamerger?

    AP Photo/Richard Drew

    On March 9, the FCC is expected end its review of the pro­posed Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable merger. If approved, the deal would create a $67 billion company second only to rival Comcast.

  5. 5

    DC Heroes Fight

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    After a dismal 2015, Warner Bros. has bet its future on DC Comics movies (and J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts, Nov. 18). So Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25) needs to work.

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    'Warcraft' Goes to War

    Courtesy of Universal Pictures

    The June 10 release won't only prove whether the pricey video game adaptation can lure fans: Its failure could trouble Universal's already dicey relationship with producer Legendary.

  7. 7

    Female Tentpole Tested

    Courtesy of Sony

    If Sony's July 15 Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig succeeds, look for similar female-fronted reboots of Ocean's Eleven and Jump Street to move forward.

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    Hulu's Emmy Endeavor

    Courtesy of Hulu

    Netflix (House of Cards) and Amazon (Transparent) got huge mileage from their Emmy attention. In September, Hulu will try with Casual (a Globe nominee) and James Franco's 11/22/63.

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    'Rogue One' Revs Up

    Courtesy of Disney

    Sure, The Force Awakens will be huge. But on Dec. 16, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spinoff (starring Felicity Jones), will test whether the franchise is an annual event for Disney.

  10. 10

    Ni Hao, Netflix

    Getty Images

    Netflix has said it wants to be global by the end of 2016. That means China. But it's far from a sure thing, with local players including iQiyi, Youku Tudou and Tencent. Will it go solo or find a partner?

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