Tom Cruise revived movie theaters with the blockbuster hit “Top Gun: Maverick,” Taylor Swift broke the internet (and Ticketmaster) with her “Midnights” album and “Eras” tour and Michelle Yeoh proved that Marvel wasn’t the only one with a multiverse up its sleeve with “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Here is what the Variety staff is thankful for in entertainment in 2022.
In a year when fabulous genre storytelling in general was everywhere on TV — “Stranger Things,” “Ms. Marvel,” “The Sandman,” “The Rings of Power,” “House of the Dragon” — I have been thankful for three sci-fi shows that have dazzled me the most. Apple TV+’s “Severance” vivisects office life through the prism of a paranoid thriller; Paramount+’s “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” captures the old magic of “Star Trek” while feeling thrilling new; and Disney+’s “Andor” transforms “Star Wars” into a platform for some of the most trenchant and humane storytelling this year — Adam B. Vary, senior entertainment writer
I’m grateful for Tom Cruise and the return of Maverick. What a cinematic experience that was — returning to the cinema and seeing audiences eat this film up was a historical moment. I’m thankful for the way we have all come together to make events, tastemakers and in-person Q&As the norm again — what a delight it is to speak to voters and really hear what they love. It’s a gift to moderate on stage and have panelists bounce off one another instead of waiting their turn to speak on Zoom! I’m thankful for the artisans who I get to celebrate and share their stories on a daily basis. Ryan Coogler! Thank you for “Wakanda Forever.” And Lady Gaga, you gave us the Chromatica Ball and I celebrated my American citizenship at Jazz and Piano. Thank you for the music and Haus Labs! — Jazz Tangcay, senior artisans editor
I give thanks for that purple beacon on my iPhone …