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!