2012 Forecast: 10 Fearless Predictions For Glee, Gossip Girl, Fringe, GH, Grey's and More!
Grey’s Anatomy: The Gang’s (Almost) All Here
ABC will ink new deals with original Grey’s Anatomy cast members Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers and Chandra Wilson for Season 9. Patrick Dempsey will also agree to return, albeit for a limited number of episodes.
Ryan Seacrest will announce in early May that he will step down as host of American Idol at the end of the season to replace Matt Lauer as co-host of NBC’s Today. Brian Dunkleman will immediately toss his hat in the ring, only to have it immediately tossed back by Fox.
Fringe: The End Is Near
Citing low ratings, Fox will decide not to renew the cult favorite for a fifth season. On the bright side, producers will be given ample time to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion.
House: The Doctor Is Still In
In a surprise move, House will not only be renewed for a ninth season, but Lisa Edelstein will be talked into bringing Cuddy back for a handful of episodes ¬— beginning with the Season 8 finale.
The Munsters Invade Summer
Hoping to capitalize on its huge Summer Olympics platform, NBC will package Bryan Fuller’s Munsters reboot as a limited series event to launch after the 2012 Games conclude in August.
Spotted: A Final Season For Gossip Girl
The CW will bring Gossip Girl back for a sixth and final season, but there’s a catch: Blake Lively’s busy film career will mean considerably less air time for Serena.
Glee: The Spinoff Is On!
Lea Michele and Chris Colfer will exit the mother ship as Rachel and Kurt move to New York to fulfill their Broadway dreams via that much-discussed spinoff. Glee, meanwhile, will carry on with a mix of new blood and old faves (returning as assistants or teachers).
Mad Men: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
After nearly a two-year absence, Mad Men will return this spring with its best ratings ever. On the downside, Breaking Bad will stand in the way of the show earning a record fifth consecutive Emmy for Best Drama Series.
Keri Russell, Scott Speedman and Scott Foley will take the 2012 pilot season by storm, each landing lead roles in separate, high-profile projects.
General Hospital Checks Out
ABC’s last remaining soap will experience a creative turnaround under new exec producer Frank Valenti, but it won¬'t be enough to save it from the axe. As a consolation prize to fans, Luke and Laura will get their happy ending when Genie Francis reunites with Anthony Geary for the show’s final episodes.