2016 TV Events

by RecceR | created - 01 Oct 2015 | updated - 11 Sep 2016 | Public

Award shows, specials, miniseries, TV movies and any type of special event that will air on television in 2016. Sometimes IMDB doesn't have a page for certain events in time, so I'll just list them up here until the pages are added.

*Listed by chronological order, Eastern Time.

--------------- MADtv Reunion - Jan. 12th @8pm on The CW Puppy Bowl - Feb. 7th @3pm on Animal Planet. Red Nose Day - May 26th @9pm on NBC Miss USA - June 5th @8pm on Fox CMT Music Awards - June 8th @8pm Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular - @8pm on NBC Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular - July 4th @9pm on CBS Teen Choice Awards - July 31st @8pm on Fox Hit the Floor: Til Death Do Us Part - Sept. 5th @9pm on VH1 2017 Miss America Competition - Sept. 11th @9pm on ABC The Case of: Jonbenet Ramsey - Sept. 18th @8:30pm on CBS I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One - Oct. 6th @8pm on The CW I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night Two - Oct. 7th @8pm on The CW ---------------

The following are other lists of mine you may find helpful. links in italics are important. links in bold are new

cancellation lists: 2014 Cable Shows, 2015 Cable Shows, 2014-2015 TV Season, 2015-2016 TV Season

premiere & finale lists: Spring 2016 Premieres, Winter 2016 Finales, Winter 2016 Premieres

renewal lists: 2015-2016 TV Season, 2016-2017 TV Season, Cable Shows for 2016, Cable Shows for 2017

other lists: 2015-2016 Series Orders, 2015-2016 Shows In Danger, 2015 TV Events, Valentine's Day on TV 2016

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1. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Abominable Bride (2016)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this Christmas special.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 31,003

airs Friday, January 1st @9pm on BBC America.

2. The Breaks (2016 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Music

Three friends aspire to break into the hip-hop music industry.

Director: Seith Mann | Stars: Sinqua Walls, Afton Williamson, Tristan Mack Wilds, Antoine Harris

Votes: 394

airs Monday, January 4th @9pm on VH1.

3. Superhuman (2016 TV Special)

120 min | Game-Show

Competitors that have "super human" powers put their powers to the test to try to win $100,000

Director: Russell Norman | Stars: Kal Penn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul Shaffer, Graham Elliot

Votes: 112

airs Monday. January 4th @8pm on Fox.

airs Wednesday, January 6th @9pm on CBS.

5. The Wrong Roommate (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Following a break-up with her unfaithful fiancé, a young college professor agrees to live at her sister's and watch over the home and her 17 year old niece. Unbeknownst to her, a gorgeous ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Jessica Morris, Vivica A. Fox, Jason-Shane Scott, Dominique Swain

Votes: 294

airs Sunday, January 3rd @9pm on Lifetime.

6. My Sweet Audrina (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Living in her family's secluded mansion, Audrina is kept alone and out of sight and is haunted by nightmares of her older sister, First Audrina, who was left for dead in the woods after an ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Rohl | Stars: India Eisley, William Moseley, James Tupper, Tess Atkins

Votes: 705

airs Saturday, January 9th @8pm on Lifetime.

7. 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016 TV Special)

TV-14 | Comedy

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 73rd annual event honoring excellence in film and television, hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Jane Fonda

Votes: 783

airs Sunday, January 10th @8pm on NBC

airs Sunday, January 17th @9pm on A&E.

9. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 18,645

4-part miniseries premieres Monday, January 18th @9pm on History, Lifetime & A&E.

(2 hours each week)

10. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now (2016 TV Movie)

22 min | Documentary, Action, Sci-Fi

The producers introduce audiences to the characters and concepts of "Legends of Tomorrow", the upcoming spin-off of superhero series "Arrow" and "The Flash".

Stars: Victor Garber, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer

Votes: 4,361

airs Tuesday, January 19th @8pm on The CW.

11. Dawn of the Justice League (2016 TV Short)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Short

Kevin Smith hosts a look behind the scenes of upcoming movies from the DC Films universe, featuring the trailer for "Suicide Squad."

Director: Eric Matthies | Stars: Kevin Smith, Geoff Johns, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck

Votes: 479

airs Tuesday, January 19th @8:30pm on The CW.

12. Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of R&B singer-songwriter and producer, Toni Braxton.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Lex Scott Davis, Debbi Morgan, Skye P. Marshall, Tiffany Hines

Votes: 519

airs Saturday, January 23rd @8pm on Lifetime.

airs Saturday, January 30th @8pm on TNT & TBS.

14. Grease Live! (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 140 min | Musical, Romance

After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny's heart again.

Directors: Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski | Stars: Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer

Votes: 8,174

airs Sunday, January 31st @7pm on Fox.

15. Madoff (2016– )

165 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme bilked $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in US history.

Stars: Drew Gregory, Bruce Altman, Anthony Arkin, David Aaron Baker

Votes: 1,689

2-part miniseries premieres Wednesday, February 3rd @8pm on ABC.

part 2 airs Thursday, February 4th @8pm on ABC.

(2 hours each)

16. Manson's Lost Girls (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Linda Kasabian falls prey to the hypnotic charms of Charles Manson and his self-proclaimed "family" during the drug-fueled summer of 1969.

Director: Leslie Libman | Stars: Mackenzie Mauzy, Eden Brolin, Grace Victoria Cox, Greer Grammer

Votes: 367

airs Saturday, February 6th @8pm on Lifetime.

17. Kitten Bowl III (2016 TV Special)

TV-G | 126 min | Comedy, Sport

Hallmark Channel presents the nation's most athletic, adorable and adoptable kittens in a claws-out, paws-out showdown for Kitten Bowl III.

Stars: Mary Carillo, Boomer Esiason, John Sterling, Beth Stern

airs Sunday, February 7th @12pm on Hallmark.

18. Super Bowl 50 (2016 TV Special)


The AFC champion Denver Broncos and the NFC champion Carolina Panthers play for the National Football League championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Director: Mike Arnold | Stars: Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Phil Simms

Votes: 327

airs Sunday, February 7th @6:30pm on CBS.

*kickoff show starts @6pm*

19. Valentine Ever After (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When socialites Julia and Sydney (early 30's) leave their cushy - if stagnant - lives in Chicago to embark on a road-trip, they end up on the wrong side of the law in a tiny town in Wyoming... See full summary »

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Autumn Reeser, Eric Johnson, Vanessa Matsui, Damon Runyan

Votes: 1,331

airs Saturday, February 13th @9pm on Hallmark.

airs Saturday, February 13th @10:30pm on TNT.

21. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards (2016 TV Special)

TV-PG | 149 min | Music

The best music of 2015 is celebrated in this broadcast that features performances by award-winning artists.

Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Sandra Restrepo | Stars: LL Cool J, Adele, Alabama Shakes, Joey Alexander

Votes: 64

airs Monday, February 15th @8pm on CBS.

22. Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows (2016 TV Special)

87 min | Comedy

The career of TV director James Burrows is celebrated by the stars of Friends (1994), Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993), Taxi (1978), Will & Grace (1998), The Big Bang Theory (2007), The ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Polito | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Jennifer Aniston, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman

Votes: 69

airs Sunday, February 21st @9pm on NBC.

23. The Oscars (2016 TV Special)

TV-14 | 175 min | Comedy, Music

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony honors achievement in film in 2015.

Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Chris Rock, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Tom McCarthy

Votes: 1,954

airs Sunday, February 28th @8:30pm on ABC.

24. Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2016 (2016 TV Special)

69 min | Family, News

The kids choice awards is when kids vote for their favorite things from TV shows, movies, books.. and it's usually a blast!!!

Directors: Joe DeMaio, Chris Valenziano | Stars: Blake Shelton, Brandon Alexander, Anthony Anderson, Ella Anderson

Votes: 36

airs Saturday, March 12th @8pm on Nickelodeon.

25. The Stepchild (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 82 min | Drama

Ashley suspects her father's partner was behind a brutal home invasion.

Director: Roma Roth | Stars: Lauren Holly, Paul Johansson, Sarah Fisher, Keenan Tracey

Votes: 214

airs Saturday, March 12th @8pm on Lifetime.

26. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

It's 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, and Billie Holiday is giving one of her last performances interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music 4 months before her death.

Director: Lonny Price | Stars: Audra McDonald, Shelton Becton, George Farmer, Clayton Craddock

Votes: 419

airs Saturday, March 12th @9pm on HBO.

27. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 27,767

2-night miniseries premieres Sun. Mar. 13th @8pm on Lifetime.

concludes Mon. Mar. 14th @9pm.

28. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016 TV Short)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

When Sid takes a job as an egg nanny, he's unaware an old enemy has plans of his own. The shenanigans lead to the first egg hunt and creation of popular Easter traditions.

Directors: Paul Stodolny, Ricardo Curtis, Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier | Stars: Blake Anderson, Tyree Brown, David Cowgill, Jennifer Elrod

Votes: 2,787

airs Sunday, March 20th @7:30pm on Fox

29. The Passion (I) (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Musical

The Creator of the universe in human form makes the ultimate sacrifice for all humanity, offering salvation to all who believe.

Directors: David Grifhorst, Robert Deaton | Stars: Tyler Perry, Jencarlos Canela, Chris Daughtry, Prince Royce

Votes: 636

airs Sunday, March 20th @8pm on Fox.

30. Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing (2016)

56 min | Documentary

Comedy Hall of Fame pays tribute to the late Joan Rivers.

Director: Dan Karlok | Stars: Cocoa Brown, Mario Cantone, Dick Cavett, Deon Cole

Votes: 11

airs Tuesday, April 1st on PBS.

31. American Idol (2002– )
Episode: American Dream (2016)

TV-PG | Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

Add a Plot

Directors: Paul Bozymowski, Phil Heyes | Stars: Jenn Blosil, MacKenzie Bourg, Emily Brooke, Jim Cantiello

Votes: 16

airs Tuesday, April 5th @8pm on Fox.

32. 2016 MTV Movie Awards (2016 TV Special)

TV-14 | Comedy, News

In a world of award shows that suck, MTV gives you an award show that doesn't suck. Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson host the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, an irreverent, in-your-face celebration of the movies fans really love with the stars they actually care about. And unlike other award shows, the fans choose the winners, not some exclusive committee of old, rich people. The show includes ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Miles Teller, Daisy Ridley

Votes: 146

airs Sunday, April 10th @8pm on MTV.

33. Jackie Robinson (2016– )

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.

Stars: Keith David, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 337

2-part miniseries premieres Monday, April 11th @9pm on PBS.

concludes Tuesday, April 12th @9pm.

(2 hours each)

34. Time Traveling Bong (2016)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Centers on two cousins who discover a time-traveling bong and ride high as they blaze through time.

Stars: Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs, Kevin Heffernan, Jerry G. Angelo

Votes: 1,343

3-night miniseries premieres Wed. Apr. 20th @10:30pm on Comedy Central.

(airs each night at 10:30pm through April 22nd)

35. Electronic Music Awards & Foundation

Music | Announced

Add a Plot

Director: Russell Thomas | Star: Goldie

airs Saturday, April 23rd @8pm on Fox.

36. Rebellion (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 258 min | Drama, War

Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Stars: Ruth Bradley, Paul Reid, Brian McCardie, Tom Turner

Votes: 2,295

3-night miniseries premieres Sunday, April 24th @8pm on Sundance.

(airs @9pm the following two nights)

37. Megyn Kelly Presents (2016 TV Special)

60 min | Talk-Show

The Fox News anchor interviews presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump; actor Michael Douglas; actress Laverne Cox and attorney Robert Shapiro.

Stars: Megyn Kelly, Laverne Cox, Michael Douglas, Robert Shapiro

Votes: 23

airs Tuesday, May 17th @8pm on Fox.

38. The Dresser (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama

A drama, based on a successful play, about an aging actor (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his personal assistant (Sir Ian McKellen).

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen, Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire

Votes: 2,563

airs Mon. May 30th @9pm on Starz.

39. Roots (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

Stars: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 6,776

4-night miniseries premieres Mon. May 30th @9pm on History, Lifetime & A&E.

(airs nightly through June 2nd; 2 hours each night)

40. The 70th Annual Tony Awards (2016 TV Special)


Hosted by James Corden, The Tony's is the ultimate night for theatre geeks and Broadway lovers! It's an award show for all things Broadway and theatre, with performances by the cast of Hamilton, Waitress, She Loves Me, and more!

Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: James Corden, Uzo Aduba, Billie Allen, Michael Arden

Votes: 139

airs Sunday, June 12th @8pm on CBS.

41. Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A college girl introduces her mother to her girlfriend... who happens to be a vampire.

Director: Melanie Aitkenhead | Stars: Emily Meade, Leila George, Nick Eversman, Ivan Sergei

Votes: 913

airs Saturday, June 18th @8pm on Lifetime.

42. Adventures in Babysitting (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Two teen rival babysitters, Jenny and Lola, team up to hunt down one of their kids who accidentally runs away into the big city without any supervision.

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Nikki Hahn, Mallory James Mahoney

Votes: 2,532

airs Friday, June 24th @8pm on Disney Channel.

43. Center Stage: On Pointe (2016 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

In Center Stage: On Pointe, Jonathan Reeves (Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary styles and modernism into the American Ballet Academy, and enlists his his top ... See full summary »

Director: Director X. | Stars: Nicole Muñoz, Kenny Wormald, Barton Cowperthwaite, Chloe Lukasiak

Votes: 1,058

airs Saturday, June 25th @8pm on Lifetime.

44. Looking (2016 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

Patrick returns to San Francisco in search of closure and resolution regarding his relationships with Richie and Kevin.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Lauren Weedman

Votes: 6,404

airs Saturday, July 23rd @9pm on HBO.

45. Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places.

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante | Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Masiela Lusha, Cody Linley

Votes: 6,859

airs Sunday, July 31st @8pm on Syfy.