Here at TVLine, we’ve spent the summer offering up intel on what will happen when your favorite series return for the 2021-22 TV season.
But what about what might happen?
After taking last year off — really, who could fathom half a guess as to what would happen during a pandemic-riddled TV season? — it is once again time for TVLine staffers to share their predictions for the upcoming TV season. Last time around, we walked away with an atypically anemic 18 percent success rate (factoring in that our Supernatural forecast ultimately proved spot-on), though typically we land in the 30 percent range.
In the list below, we’ve compiled 22 forecasts for the months of TV to come, including freshman hits and misses, a first-ever F-bomb, a Wonder-ful “crossover” and Adult Sheldon taking a longer, harder look at his Young POV.
Also among the predictions in this year’s batch are a Marvel-ous “resurrection,” two new Grey’s romances, a true Supernatural reunion and a heartfelt appeal to (the fictional!) Roseanne.
REMEMBER: These are mere predictions, not (known) spoilers! Review the list below, then hit the comments and tell us: Which of these do you think will or could become a reality?
FIRST FRESHMAN TO BE RENEWED
CBS’ NCIS: Hawai’i will be the first freshman series to score a Season 2 renewal.
FIRST FRESHMAN TO STUMBLE
Failing to hold onto enough of the 9-1-1 audience, Fox’s The Big Leap will be the season’s first new series to get pulled from the schedule. As a result, 9-1-1: Lone Star will return to the Monday night lineup by mid-November.
THE BLOODSUCKER PROXY
Legacies will finally pull the trigger on a twist three seasons in the making — even longer if you factor in The Originals — by activating Hope’s dormant vampire side.
CBS DOUBLES DOWN
CSI: Vegas will perform so (relatively) well that CBS will order another CSI spinoff by season’s end. (What is David Caruso up to these days…?)
ROSEANNE HAS HER SAY
Before The Conners’ Dan and Louise get hitched, Dan will have a moment alone where he speaks to Roseanne, acknowledging how difficult it has been to let her go and asking for a sign — any sign at all — that he has his late wife’s blessing.
The Neighborhood’s Dave and Gemma are having a boy… and a girl. It’s twins!
GREY'S PROGNOSIS: TWO NEW ROMANCES AND A BABY
Grey’s Anatomy will finally serve Meredith and Cormac a proper drink — and then some. In other developments, a now-single Megan will be just what the doctor ordered to help Link get over his non-engagement to Amelia, and the stork will schedule a visit to newlyweds Maggie and Winston.
SEAL Team‘s first F-bomb on Paramount+ will be dropped by… Davis.
Young Sheldon will retcon George’s infidelity, with Adult Sheldon acknowledging via voiceover that he misconstrued what he saw when he walked in on his father and another woman when he was 13 years old.
STATION 19 (RE)HEATS UP!
On the outs with Sullivan, Station 19‘s Andy will reheat her relationship with old flame Jack. Meanwhile, Dean’s eventual confession of love to Vic will leave him friendzoned — just long enough for second thoughts to torpedo her budding romance with Theo.
GHOSTS OF A CHANCE
After failing to connect with CBS audiences (and in turn bring B Positive down), CBS will quickly swap Ghosts and B Positive’s Thursday time slots.
THIS IS JOE
After not drawing quite enough viewers on Monday nights following The Voice, NBC’s freshman drama Ordinary Joe will take a longer-than-expected holiday hiatus. It will then resurface In January, airings Tuesdays at 10, behind the highly compatible final season of This Is Us.
IT'S A WONDER-FUL CROSSOVER
ABC’s The Wonder Years
rebootreimagining — by splicing in footage from the original series — will have an episode where its central character, Dean, nearly bumps into Kevin Arnold during a school field trip.
HAWKEYE MEETS NETFLIX HERO
Disney+’s New York-set Hawkeye will not only feature appearances by Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin from Netflix’s Marvel-verse (as has been widely speculated), but also Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.
Jared Padalecki will corral his erstwhile TV brother Jensen Ackles — who is already set to direct an episode of Walker — into also guest-starring, as a foe to the titular Cordell.
SURVIVOR SHAKES IT UP
Survivor‘s change to 26 days won’t be felt on screen, but a powerful new advantage will both shake up the game and irritate some old-school viewers.
CHUCKY MAKES A... CUT
One of Chucky‘s returning alumni from the movies won’t survive the Syfy series (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 12).
THE EQUALIZER GETS INTIMATE
On Season 2 of CBS’ The Equalizer, McCall and Dante will kiss after a kickass mission… but ultimately decide to remain just friends.
STARGIRL'S SUPER TEAM-UP
In time for this year’s season-ending showdown, what’s left of the new JSA will get a big assist from the returns of Jennie/Green Lantern’s daughter, Yolanda as Wildcat, a “resurrected” Cindy/Shiv and a Rick-tamed Solomon Grundy, plus a Thunderbolt-wielding Jakeem.
HOLY PLOT TWIST
After this whole season has led up to his ordination, Evil‘s David will not become a priest.
TED LASSO POWER GRAB
By the Oct. 8 season finale, Ted Lasso‘s Nathan will plot with Rupert to undermine Rebecca (and Ted), and somehow wind up having a significant interest in AFC Richmond.
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WHEREVER THERE IS INJUSTICE, YOU WILL FIND US....
In the Oct. 19 season finale, the Only Murders in the Building sleuths will pin Tim Kono’s death on a character played by the third amigo, Chevy Chase.