Will nobody save the staple CW show? According to TVGuide via Kryptonsite, it looks as though even this season’s ratings rebound might not save Smallville.
Based on the scanned article, executive producer Darren Swimmer says there are some “actor availability” issues that may throw a wrench in the show’s proposed ninth season. Considering both Lana Lang and Lex Luthor — two sides of the show’s triangle — have managed to take time off without (too much) of a hitch, it looks like the only person they could mean is 31-year-old star Tom Welling.
Then again, part of the show’s troubles is that the title Smallville is a bit of a misnomer, as the series’ action now takes place largely in Metropolis.
To make matters worse, TVGuide reports that the climax of the series — seeing Clark Kent assume the red-and-blue togs of Superman for the first time — might not even occur, as it would conflict with the main film series. Of course, Swimmer notes, “the formation of the dual identity is what he’s going to be negotiating from here on out… he’ll start to experiment.” Does this mean a Chris Reeve-style performance in the future?