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Smallville (2001)

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Details Start Date: Oct 16, 2001; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Erica Durance, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling; Network: WB; More

8-9 PM · The CW · Returns Sept. 18

Season 7's cliff-hanger — Clark (Tom Welling) and Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) tangled at the Fortress of Solitude, which imploded — is resolved partly by real-life changes: Rosenbaum won't be returning, so goodbye, Lex Luthor. Ditto Kristin Kreuk's Lana Lang, after five episodes starting during sweeps. Fan fave Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) is back as a series regular. Plus, there'll be less Smallville and more Metropolis, where we'll see Clark ''becoming a reporter at The Daily Planet,'' according to exec producer Darren Swimmer. Battlestar Galactica's Sam Witwer ''plays a guy named Davis Bloome,'' says Swimmer, ''who is our take on the comic-book villain Doomsday.'' And — ta-da! — look for an appearance by the Legion of Super-Heroes. Trust us: Comics geeks just started drooling.

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Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints