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.