Smallville to end after tenth series – hooray or boo?

Paul McGuire, vice-president of publicity of the CW, says that the forthcoming tenth series of Smallville will be the last. It’s nice to see a long-running show wrapping up in a sensible, controlled way, rather than getting abruptly cancelled before it can tie up its storylines properly.

I can confirm that the 2010-2011 season will feature the tenth and final season of Smallville.

The series has come a long way since its launch in 2001: originally about the life of the teenaged Clarke Kent living with the secret of superhuman powers and dealing with the legions of “meteor freaks” that appeared as a result of his crash landing on Earth. As the series progressed, Clarke eventually graduated high school and went into the world of work and the show adapted reasonably well around that.

However, ultimately Clarke must make the transition to the adult Superman, and the longer the series progresses, the more frustrating this aspect becomes. I don’t think the notion of Clarke masquerading as “The Blur” was a great idea either. It feels like a cheap version of what the character will become.

The final series will have 22 episodes.

Allison Mack ‘leaving’?

As part of the winding down of Smallville, Allison Mack’s character Chloe Sullivan will only pop up in a few episodes of the tenth series. Again, this will give the writers a chance to tie up the character’s story arc and give her a fitting finish.

Michael Ausiello broke the news and relayed this statement from Mack:

It’s amazing to think that Chloe Sullivan and I have been one in the same for over a third of my life. I’m truly humbled by the love and loyalty of all the fans whose enthusiasm has carried me — along with a cast and crew which has become my second family — over the past 9 and a half years. Out of respect for the amazingly loyal fans and the place I will always have in my own heart for Chloe, I’m coming back for several episodes next season to tie up Chloe’s Smallville legacy properly.

It’s been a life-changing ride, and I look forward to what lies ahead with the strength of a ‘superhero’ as my foundation.

She’s come a long way from her days as the school newspaper editor with a ginormous crush on a young Clarke Kent, hasn’t she?

Welling to move on to Hellcats?

In other news, Tom Welling’s new show, Hellcats, has been picked up by The CW. So, after years of being the angsty, morally conflicted young superhero, he’ll finally move on to pastures new. No, he probably won’t be in front of the camera – he’s listed as an Executive Producer. It’s about a cheerleading squad and will star High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale.

So, there you go. A bumper crop of Smallville news. I’ve only tuned into the series occasionally, but to be honest the overdoses of angst repelled me quite a bit. I also had (still have) a major issue with the Superman backstory being tampered with in such a big way.

Still, talk to me about it in the comments!

5 Comments

  1. Rosie-Lee

    I used to be such a big fan of Smallville, and watched it avidly in the past, particularly loving the relationship between a young Clark Kent and Lex Luthor.  In fact I was always rooting for Lex Luthor!! One of my favourite characters was Lionel Luthor, and also Jonathan Kent.  But it got a bit too samey for my liking and went off in so many different directions that I watched it less often.

    But if it is going to finish in a natural way and tie up any loose ends, rather than being dropped and leaving in mid-air, then I am very pleased for all its fans.

     

  2. Emz

    I pulled an all-nighter last night and wound up curled up on the sofa at 6,50 this morning watching a rerun from last season. Now, I read the comics, though not all of them so I don’t consider myself to be an expert on the whole backstory, but in the beginning I felt that they had missed very little. This morning’s episode, though, had me wondering “WTF is going on here? It’s all nonsense now!” I always thought that the natural end of Smallville would coincide with the release of Superman Returns – what’s gonna happen now that it’s blatantly clear that Superman Returns was b*gger all to do with Smallville – do we get another random movie, or does the story just reach it’s natural end and we’re supposed to accept that Tom Welling becomes Christopher Reeve? I think I would like it that way – I’m just not entirely sure that either I believe it or it will satisfy me.

     

    Rosie, I agree that Micheal Rosenbaum cast as Lex Luthor was genuis – he does a sterling job every episode as the tormented/conflicted/insane but ultimately completely evil Lex – LOVE it! Smallville would have been nothing without him. I love watching Lex’s steady decent into madness – what’s next and where does it end? On one hand if you are a fan of the comics, then you know how it will go, but on the other the creators of Smallville do tend to “reimagine” the backstory a fair bit, don’t they? So there’s that whole element of, “Who knows?” which I find quite exciting, although I can see how it might slightly naff off those die-hard Superman fans.

     

    I’m REALLY fed up pf Lana though – when will she get popped off and rid us of Kristin Kruek’s squinting and pouting? Sorry, but the girl is supposed to be an actress and there are only three facial expressions she does – mooshy smiling with fake watery eyes, squinting with clenched jaw, and pouting. Puh-lease. I would really have liked the original love of Clarke Kent’s life to be just a little less pathetic! Death to Lana, power to Lois.

    1. Rosie-Lee

      Yay!  Someone else who loves Lex and can’t stand Lana!  I have always felt Lana to be wet behind the ears.  Kristin Kruek is such a beautiful young woman, but I think she is just tinsel on the tree, couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag with big holes in.  Can’t say I have ever been really enamoured on the womenfolk on Smallville, except for Martha Kent.  Lois is marginally the better female, because she has spirit.  The thing I found with Smallville is that there were so many different people and entities popping up, that I kept thinking “who’s that?”.  I always wanted, just the once, to see Terence Stamp pop up as Jor-El, not just his voice.  I know he was Zod in Superman II, but he is striking, silver-haired and still a god, these days.

  3. Emz

    I have been consuming the trailers for the new season and Zod is definitely popping up very very soon. It’s not Terence Stamp though (you probably knew that) – that would be too easy and therefore too much to ask. “eyeroll”

     

    But I’m so glad you agree with me on Kristin Kreuk – yes, she would be the perfect love interest if she only had the acting skill to carry it off. It was just about barable before when she was sweet innocent Lana, but now she’s all into Luthorian corruption and murder plots and she is just not believable at all. Allison Mack as Chloe is very likeable, very sweet, but far too much damsel in distress for my liking. But Erica Durance as Lois – I love her – she quite literally kicks ass. She doesn’t need Clarke to save her ass *all* the time – just some of the time – and I love her one-liners and feisty attitude and I think the fact that Erica Durance is not as out-and-out beautiful as Kristen Kreuk but more like your feisty, strong independent girl next door really lends to the character. She is much less damsel-in-distress than the original Lois any day and so I am fine with her – as long as her character continues to develop in the same direction and she doesn’t turn wet as well.

     

    As for Lex – I want him to be the big twist at the very end of the final season finale – it’s what Micheal Rosenbaum was born for and what the Lex Luthor character is all about. We shall just have to wait and see. 🙂

  4. do me a melon

    I’ve been watching Smallville from the start, through the highs and lows – and there have been many of those, sadly – and I really can’t decide if I’ll be sad to see the end, or glad that it’ll be planned therefore done properly.

    Some thoughts, for what they’re worth…

    Tom Welling has been a really cool Clarke Kent

    Lana is sooo wet; she sucks

    Sick of Chloe’s seemingly constant reinvention

    Love Lois!

    Missing Jonathan Kent since he died

    I know Martha went on to be a senator or something, but has she forgotten all about Clark?

    Love the superhero team ups!

    Lex was cool, but ultimately overexposed as a character

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