Fall TV Spoilers

Once Exit, Arrow Callback, MacFive-0, Chicago Vows, Big News and 25 More Fall TV Predictions: Which Came True?

Way, way, wayyyyy back in September, as the plastic film was just being lifted off of the 2016-17 TV season, the TVLine staff did that annual thing we do — proffer our predictions, for no fewer than 30 different shows.

We made our best educated guesses about Once Upon a Time conjuring a major exit, Arrow coming full circle, a big Grey’s Anatomy reveal, the target of The Walking Dead‘s barbed bat, the disappearance of Criminal Minds‘ Hotch, Designated Survivor rocking the Nielsen vote, a sapphic Supergirl romance and more.

Where did TVLine outright nail it, where did we come up a bit short, and in what instances were we just plain wrong? Spoiler alert: Last time around, we demonstrated a 30 percent success rate. This year: A slightly less clairvoyant-y 28 percent. (Strip down more often, Father Tomas!)

In the attached slideshow (or click here for direct access), we present our original predictions exactly as they were published in mid-September, accompanied by each outcome.

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11 Comments
  1. Jen says:

    For this season of OUAT do you expect cancellation, cause that’s what everyone is predicting.

  2. Mary T says:

    So you didn’t even give yourself a fraction of a point for Cisco trying to start up a romance with Gypsy? Or for the fact that Wally and Jessie kept trying to have an actual relationship? Is it because the couples are split between different universes?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      The prediction as phrased was that during — not after — Flashpoint, a new romance would start. –Mgmt.

      • ndixit says:

        I have to wonder why the prediction was about a new romance. I completely get why the prediction included a resurrection, but a new romance seems out of place. I suppose people through that they wouldn’t get Barry and Iris together in season 3 so Flashpoint will create a new romance for Iris, leaving Barry to kick himself and pine for Iris again.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I would have given at least a half point for your Madam Secretary prediction. Henry got hurt twice – once with the bomb and once when he was shot at. that would up to to 30%, at least tying you with last year.

    • lrdslvrhnd says:

      Yeah, I agree, he wouldn’t have been anywhere near the shooting *or* the bomb if it wasn’t for his sooper-sekrit work. I’d actually award a full point.

  4. Azerty says:

    The Flash slide shows how disappointing Flashpoint was. Such a waste for what could have been an epic arc… This year you have slightly less percent because you hoped for big surprising twists and instead I feel the writers (of any shows that I watch) took the safety road without taking any risks with big surprises, am I the only one? It’s like your recap of the fallen characters who died, none of them really have big impacts (again for the shows that I watch). Too bad ! I am now waiting for the next year predictions.

  5. ndixit says:

    I have to wonder if Flash writers are now kicking themselves. I get that they had budget reasons but it honestly made no sense that they took such an important comic book event made just one ep out of it. In the end, the importance of Flashpoint was mostly to introduce Killer Frost. The main arc used Flashpoint as a distraction. Even a two parter would have sufficed and the issue remained that they boiled down the reasoning to just one person dying. Barry ended Flashpoint because Wally was dying, not because the reality was bad as a whole. They should have had something along the lines of Rival destroying Central City which is what causes Barry to change to the original timeline. Same thing with the Savitar storyline. It became all about saving Iris which was pretty small scale. Iris should have just been a casualty in larger damage that Savitar caused. These things are only minor adjustments they needed to make. It was just a big miscalculation because people who didn’t particularly care for Wally or Iris, didn’t end up caring all that much about Barry ending Flashpoint or Barry doing what he can to save Iris.

  6. maltru says:

    Well, if this were baseball, your .283 batting average would be respectable… Way to go?

  7. The Carpooler says:

    It’s humbling, right? I’m happy to see even the TVLine pros really aren’t any better at their predictions than we, the arm chair directors/writers, are.