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The AW Poll – “Smallville” 8.15


“Smallville” – Season 8, Episode 15 – “Infamous”

Linda Lake (guest star Tori Spelling) returns to Metropolis and threatens to expose Clark’s secret unless he promises to give her exclusive information on the red-blue blur so she can become a star reporter again. Refusing to be blackmailed, Clark tells Lois his secret and asks her to write his story for The Daily Planet.

Smallville Facts

  • The sound effect used for the sound of Kryptonite radiating is the same as the one used in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993).
  • Lex Luthor’s mansion is the same mansion used in X2 (2003)
  • Jensen Ackles, who plays Jason Teague in Season 4, was the second choice to play Clark Kent. If Tom Welling had not accepted the part, the role would have gone to him
  • Kristen Bell (I) auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
  • Although he plays the lead character, Tom Welling has admitted in interviews that he is not a fan of the Superman comic books.
  • ‘Milo Ventimiglia (I)’ originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent. Although the role went to Tom Welling, the producers at The WB liked him so much they gave him the role of Jess on “Gilmore Girls” (2000). Ventimiglia now plays a different comic book-style superhero on “Heroes” (2006/II).

“Smallville” returns tonight at 8/7c on The CW.

Smallville 8.15 – “Infamous” Trailer

So the writing’s been a little lackluster lately for this season of “Smallville”, especially for those who remember the recent horrendous “Power” episode…yes, where Lana Lang receives superpowers (ugh, geez…).  Then again, “Smallville” has always had quite the fickle record for quality episodes, and as this trailer shows, it looks like it’s picking itself right back up once again.

The show continues March 12th with “Infamous” where, as seen in the trailer, Clark reveals his powers to the world, even to Lois.  While my curiosity’s certainly piqued by the direction this show seems to be taking, I’m also baffled as to how the writers will actually pull this off.  After all, Clark currently doesn’t wear glasses.  Neither does Superman (aka “the red-blue blur”).  Hmm, that’s a problem…

Well, we can only speculate on the resolution to this dilemma for now, and seeing as there’s an episode of “Hex” coming up with a guest appearance by Zatanna, a magician character in the DC mythos, I have the slightest feeling she may play some role in this.  Of course take that with a grain of salt – I’m only theorizing here 🙂  But however the writers do choose to disentangle this plotline, they had better seriously not screw this up.  “Smallville” is, indeed, nearing “Superman” territory at this stage of the show and here’s hoping that the writers are well aware of the thin ground they’re now treading on.


“Smallville” returning for a 9th season? And other interesting TV show updates…

According to Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly, Smallville may indeed be returning for a 9th season as negotiations with star Tom Welling are already well underway.  Here’s what Ausiello had to say:

Yes, there’s news, and it’s good. Some would even call it, ahem, super. According to a well-placed Smallville insider, Welling is nearing a deal to return for a ninth season. I’m told they’re just ironing out some minor deal points, such as should the Brinks Truck pull into the actor’s driveway, or just unload on the street.


I suppose after throwing out the proposed “Graysons” project in the can, the CW ran out of superhero-themed show ideas and decided to continue with another season of “Smallville” after all.  Still makes me wonder if they considered doing a Nightwing series.  Regardless, 9 seasons has got to be the furthest they could possibly push the show before Clark has to don the red and blue suit and they have to call it “Metropolis”.

There’s also a tidbit on this upcoming season of “Lost”:

Question: Any major character deaths on Lost this season? — Sophie
Ausiello: None that I know of, but, after screening the first two eps, it certainly looks like a female cast-member isn’t long for this world. The fact that she was recently cast in a big Hollywood movie doesn’t bode well either. (Doc Jensen’s got more on Lost’s Jan. 21 premiere!)

Question: Got anything on Lost’s 100th episode? — Katy
Ausiello: Paris Hilton’s in talks to make a cameo as a Dharma intern circa 1973. I kid, I kid. I’m told the episode, slated to air this May, won’t feature any special stunts, although it is part of the run-up to the season finale and, well, that in itself is pretty stunty.

As for those who’ve been painstakingly waiting the past millennium or so for the return of “24” (even though Fox = Antichrist), here’s some news on the 4-hour season premiere:

If it’s okay by you, I’d rather give you four tidbits, one for each hour of the two-night premiere.

1) Listen closely for the words “deep sky,” because one of 24’s coolest twists ever occurs shortly after they’re uttered.
2) A bombshell secret about Tony Almeida gets revealed around Hour 3: He’s got pectoral muscles for days. Janeane Garofalo even gets to touch one of them!
3) Speaking of Garofalo, her chemistry with doppelganger Mary Lynn Rajskub is so off the charts that there’s buzz Fox may spin them off into their own show. In related news, if I make a wish in Ask Ausiello, it officially qualifies as buzz. Totally true.
4) I’ve come to the conclusion after watching the first four eps that James Morrison is Neil Patrick Harris’ biological father.

Now for some “House” spoilers:

Trouble in paradise. When Foreman discovers that Thirteen was given a placebo in the Huntington’s clinical trial, he switches her to the real drug behind her back. The truth eventually comes out on Feb. 2 and all hell breaks lose. In the same episode, Cuddy turns the tables on House and tortures him for a change. If you’re a Huddy fan, the episode is like a gift from the TV Gods.

There’s a smorgasbord of other stuff on shows like “Ugly Betty”, “Life on Mars”, and “Gossip Girl” which I personally don’t really care about.  The link to the EW.com Q&A can be found here.

A New “Smallville” Trailer for “Legion”

Here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming “Smallville” episode titled “Legion”, which will introduce the Legion of Super-heroes.  “Legion” premieres January 15th on the CW at 8/7 c.

Out goes “Smallville”? In come…”The Graysons”???

With expectations for “Smallville” to finally finish off next spring in its eight-season run, the CW has already made plans to bring in another one of DC Comics’ heroes to its prime time network.   Starting next fall, “Smallville” executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, along with “Supernatural” executive producer McG will introduce “The Graysons”, a TV series addressing the origin years of Batman’s sidekick, Richard (D*ck) “DJ” Grayson aka Robin.  “The Graysons” will take place in modern times as Grayson courts first loves and combats young rivals, while growing up under the family household.

Good news?  Bad news?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I just hope we don’t receive anymore of those drawn out, over-exhausting “Clana”, “Clex”, “Chlark” love triangles with the double entendre dialogue and awkard aftermaths.  Come on, this is badass Batman we’re talking about.  Make this hard.  Gritty.  Corrosive!  Hmm, maybe the CW should’ve considered a series on Nightwing instead.  Well, as long as it tops this take I’ve always liked…

“Cancun”: “Reaper” season finale

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Worship Satan. Just kidding, but seriously, the creators of CW’s “Reaper” must have sold their souls to the devil to get green-lit for a second season after their anti-climatic season finale. Before I continue, bear in mind the major plot thread, a human is charged by Satan to capture escaped souls from Hell, is a carbon copy of the short-lived, but amusing 1998 Peter Horton TV series “Brimstone” that centers around a dead NY cop brought back to earth to capture 113 escaped souls tormented during his trials by Satan himself, wonderfully acted by John Glover (Lionel Luthor on “Smallville”). Imagine this, but a more hip and younger group of actors headed by Bret Harrison from another cancelled series, “The Loop”, and the voluptuous Missy Peregrym (“Heroes” Season 1, Stick It!).

I’ve given this show an honest chance since the pilot, but I have to say it’s turning into the 2nd season of “Heroes” (and we all know how that turned out). Basics: Sam finds out his employ to Satan based on a contract where his parents sold his soul before his birth is a lie; he is in fact the anti-Christ or Son of Satan although this is left open to be resolved in Season 2. His human “Dad” is buried alive by a demon revolution bent on imprisoning Sam for all eternity only to be dug up in the closing scenes of the finale by Sam’s mortal mother, the “whore of Babylon.” Just when you think Sam is going to bust out some devil powers and escape from his cage, a demon has a change of heart, swoops in, and carries Sam to safety.

In hindsight, I don’t know why I kept watching after the first two minutes: I guess I laugh at the rants and antics of Satan, played humorously by Ray Wise, Laura Palmer’s father from the David-Lynch created series “Twin Peaks” which blows “The X-Files” right out of the water. Added bonus is the slap-stick comedy of Sam’s friend Bert ‘Sock’ Wysock, the “thickness” of the group, who in the finale, goes PCP on an escaped soul by throwing a baseball at her head after hooking up with a demonic babe. Yeah, I would tap that if I didn’t have to give up a year of my life to do it, but then again, maybe I would. Despite its status as a dark comedy, “Reaper” is nothing more than a mash-up of Satanic Majesties Second Request and the occasional T & A. In other words, stick with your porn.

Luthor leaves “Smallville”

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Now that his contract is up, Michael Rosenbaum, “Smallville’s” Lex Luthor, will be leaving the show after the current season. There will be 2 new villains to take his place in season 8 but this is still sad news as Luthor was arguably the most interesting character on the program. Seeing Rosenbaum’s character develop was reason in itself to watch “Smallville”. From rooting for him in season 1 to despising him in season 8, it will be sad to see him go and interesting to see what develops in the next season of “Smallville”

“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Michael for the past six seasons. He is one of the best actors on television and has never failed to bring a new layer to the character of Lex Luthor in every episode. While Michael won’t be a series regular and we won’t have the pleasure of working with him on a weekly basis this fall, we like to think that we haven’t seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned.”

You can read more about it HERE including a statement from Rosenbaum.