32 Behind-The-Scenes Looks At TV Shows, Movies, Theater, And Fandoms From 2016

A24; FX; Suzanne Tenner; The CW; Sony; Matthew Murphy; Amazon; STX

3. American Idol


Since 2002, American Idol has discovered unknown talented singers and offered them the chance to achieve superstar status. While not everyone has reached the heights of Kelly Clarkson or Jennifer Hudson, many have left indelible marks on the hearts and ears of the viewers who did “Dial Idol” for them. Before the series finale, BuzzFeed News asked past contestants to reflect upon how the show changed their lives. Within are their slightly edited responses. (By Jarett Wieselman)

5. Asian-Amerians on Broadway

Deen van Mee / Aladdin

Hamilton has been hailed as the start of a new, less white era on Broadway, but many remain underrepresented onstage. As Asian-American actors celebrate progress, they also reveal the stark realities that prove how far theater still has to go. (By Louis Peitzman)

6. Big Brother


It’s poetic justice that a woman emerged victorious on Big Brother 18, considering the fact that male contestants groped women this season, critiqued their bodies in lecherous and condemning ways, and spewed some truly heinous opinions about women in general — like when Paulie Calafiore was heard on the live feed calling women “dumpsters” for male bodily fluids. “It was hell and it felt like hell,” Da’Vonne Rogers told BuzzFeed News of living inside the Big Brother house for 99 days. (By Jarett Wieselman)

8. Dear Evan Hansen

Matthew Murphy

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriters behind the new hit musical Dear Evan Hansen and lyricists of La La Land, are bringing devastating honesty to audiences on the stage and screen. (By Louis Petizman)

9. Disney Princesses

Walt Disney Pictures

Meet some of the women who paved the way for princesses who don’t need princes or ridiculously small waists. (By Ariane Lange)

10. The Edge of Seventeen

STX Entertainment

Hailee Steinfeld and The Edge of Seventeen writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig told BuzzFeed News how their film nails the teenage experience — in the best and worst ways. (By Krystie Lee Yandoli)

11. Falsettos

Joan Marcus

Falsettos’ radical depiction of gay relationships and chosen families was ahead of its time when it opened on Broadway in 1992. Nearly 25 years later, it’s been revived for a new generation that’s living in a world that once seemed like a far-off fantasy. (By Louis Peitzman)

12. Ghostbusters

Hopper Stone / Columbia Pictures

After its difficult road to theaters, Ghostbusters director and co-writer Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold talked to BuzzFeed News about why the movie became a cause célèbre among misogynists. (By Kate Aurthur)

14. The Girl on the Train


The narrative backbone of Paula Hawkins’ novel remains intact throughout Erin Cressida Wilson’s screenplay, but the film does diverge from the book in several noteworthy ways. BuzzFeed News spoke with Wilson about the scenes she cut, the characters she added, and the two sex scenes you almost saw. (By Jarett Wieselman)

15. Good Girls Revolt


Good Girls Revolt tells the story of a group of women at Newsweek who sued the magazine to become reporters and level the playing field for women everywhere. But in the eyes of the cast, there’s still a long way to go. (By Krystie Lee Yandoli)

16. The Harry Potter Fandom

Jeff Lowry for BuzzFeed News

The world of Harry Potter won’t stop growing. But as the franchise struggles to evolve with the times and live up to the tenets of the original series, the devotion of its legendary fandom is showing major signs of fatigue. (By Alanna Bennett)

17. High School Musical

Fred Hayes / Disney Channel

In honor of the 10th anniversary, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman talked to BuzzFeed News about what really went down with the Wildcats. (By Jaimie Etkin)

18. How to Get Away With Murder

Bob D’Amico / ABC

Pete Nowalk told BuzzFeed News what two years at the helm of How to Get Away With Murder has taught him about listening to his actors, perfectionism, and learning from his mistakes. (By Jarett Wieselman)

19. Jane the Virgin

The CW

Jennie Snyder Urman has turned The CW’s charming comedy into TV’s most topical show by creating an onscreen world that reflects — and comments on — our real world. (By Jarett Wieselman)

20. Joy

Twentieth Century Fox

BuzzFeed News exclusively obtained a copy of Joy’s original script by Bridesmaids’ Annie Mumolo — here’s how it compares to David O. Russell’s WTF version that played in theaters. (By Kate Aurthur)

22. The Backlash Against Me Before You

MGM / New Line Cinema

Disability rights activists have rallied against the normalization of suicide for disabled people in Me Before You. Protesters told BuzzFeed News the scope of the protest is unprecedented. (By Ariane Lange)

24. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

New Line Cinema

After starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Mark Patton left Hollywood behind. More than 30 years later, the film has become a homoerotic cult classic — and its leading man is coming to terms with what he calls the “ultimate betrayal.” (By Louis Peitzman)

25. Nina

Suzanne Tenner

More than 11 years in the making, Nina was accused of racist casting and wounded by behind-the-scenes fighting. The filmmakers tell BuzzFeed News how it all went so wrong. (By Kate Aurthur)

26. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


BuzzFeed News talked to the writers of the riveting FX drama about every damn thing. (By Kate Aurthur)

28. Sausage Party

Sony Pictures

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and the filmmaking team behind Sausage Party talk with BuzzFeed News about the10 years it took to make the first-ever R-rated CG animated movie about a lesbian taco, a Jewish bagel, and an evil literal douche. (By Adam B. Vary)

30. Sense8


It was an eventful first half of 2016 for Netflix’s impossible-to-categorize drama, with co-creator Lilly Wachowski taking leave and the exit of one of its series regulars. But the Sense8 cast told BuzzFeed News it’s all in service of creating the most inventive, emotional, and powerful episodes possible. (By Jarett Wieselman)

31. The Star Trek Fandom

Alex J. Berliner / ABImages

Science fiction’s most venerable franchise marked its 50th anniversary with a new movie and its first new TV series in over a decade. But the chance to unify and mobilize its famously devoted — and demanding — fanbase may be the true final frontier. (By Adam B. Vary)

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