A new year is right around the corner. Time to look ahead, start fresh, turn the page and all that stuff.
Still, I have a few things to get off my chest before the clock runs out on 2015. So without further ado, here are a few buzzer-beating rants and raves directed toward the world of TV:
Breakout male star: Rami Malek of "Mr. Robot." Oh, those moody monologues ... the detached demeanor ... the saucer eyes. He was so mesmerizing that we couldn't imagine anyone else in the role.
Breakout female star: Rachel Bloom of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." She sings, she dances, she stalks and obsesses! Even better: This powerhouse talent does it all in a way that makes us both laugh and think. Bravo!
Best diva: Taraji P. Henson of "Empire." With attitude to spare, she rocked the fur coats, took no guff and tossed off snide one-liners like so much confetti. All in all, she was one tough Cookie.
Best cliffhanger (or worst, depending on your view): "Game of Thrones." Is Jon Snow alive, or not? We've been dying to know since watching him suffer multiple stab wounds in the Season 5 finale. Now, thanks to HBO's sly marketing, anticipation for Season 6 is as high as the Wall at Castle Black.
Best spinoff: "Better Call Saul." This darkly comic prequel to "Breaking Bad" surpassed all of our expectations as it backtracked to 2002, about six years before the title character became counsel to meth king Walter White. Thankfully, Bob Odenkirk was still worth watching -- even as Jimmy McGill, a sad-sack lawyer operating on the bottom rung of the Albuquerque legal system.
Worst spinoff(s): "Heroes Reborn" and "Fear the Walking Dead." The first was an unnecessary revival of a series that didn't deserve one. The second was a blatant attempt to milk a wildly popular series. Unfortunately, it couldn't match the engaging characters and pulse-pounding narrative of the original.
Best (and deepest) cast: "Fargo." Oodles of on-screen talent? You betcha! From Kirsten Dunst, Jean Smart and Cristin Milioti, to Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons and Ted Danson, the roster for Season 2 of this crime tale was jam-packed with familiar faces, some of whom played delightfully against type. Even the lesser-known actors kept us entranced -- especially Bokeem Woodbine as disarming hit man Mike Milligan.
Biggest letdown: "True Detective." We didn't expect Season 2 to match the trippy thrills of Season 1, but the fact that it didn't even come close resulted in lots of bitterness and hate-watching.
Runner-up: "Masters of Sex." A once-terrific show lost its way.
Best awards speech: Viola Davis at the Emmys. After becoming the first black woman to win best drama actress honors, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and spoke out against inequity in Hollywood. It was sheer perfection.
Runner-up: Caitlyn Jenner at the Espys for delivering a much-needed message of tolerance. Amen.
Best sports on TV: Yes, we're biased here, but nothing could beat the electrifying thrills provided by the Golden State Warriors as they stormed to their first NBA championship in 40 years. And talk about strength in numbers: Ratings for Warriors games on CSN Bay Area this season are at an all-time high.
Best comeback: The live musical. One year after "Peter Pan" failed to fly on NBC, "The Wiz" was a wonder to behold.
Worst case of narrative manipulation: "The Walking Dead." The writers made it appear as if Glenn was a goner, then toyed with the audience for several weeks before revealing that he survived. A truly cheap trick.
Most played-out trend: Superhero shows. Like their big-screen counterparts, TV executives have embraced comic-book crusaders to the point of overkill. Enough already.
Worst network strategy: TLC. After the Josh Duggar scandal made headlines, it took the cable channel two months to cancel "19 Kids and Counting." Lame and shameful.
Worst new show: "Wicked City." ABC's serial-killer drama was a bloody mess that deserved to get whacked.
Departed show we'll miss the most: "Parenthood." Quality family dramas are way too rare.
Departed show we'll miss the least: "Two and a Half Men." Ugh. Good riddance.