Good to see you on this thread again, pokefann (we joined these forums on the same day, I remember). Time to get this thread going again.
Suppose that the good people who produce the anime decide to make poke shipping canon. How do you think this would occur in the anime?
The possibility of that happening is unfortunately very far-fetched at this point in time, but if they were to indeed make it canon, I imagine they'd bring Misty back for a couple of episodes in the middle of the series and fill these episodes to the brim with hints to reinstate the ship's following among younger viewers. Then, they'd make it canon in the series finale, when Ash goes back to Kanto (not necessarily the end of the whole anime, but maybe just the end of the BW series). Announcing beforehand that Misty was returning for the finale would bring the viewing figures through the roof, and that's exactly what the company wants.