Written by: Al Septien & Turi Meyer (Pt. 1), Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders (Pt. 2) Directed by: Kevin Fair (Pt. 1) Greg Beeman (Pt. 2) Original Air Date: May 13th, 2011
Where did the League go?
They are invading a TV or a Theater near you
Last time you watched them, some of them were searching for Clark who was lost in the Arctic (Should have got a keyman insurance quote), some on screen others on offscreenville. Others that haven’t been officially joined the JLA are taking sometime off, finding a lost home, or just doing some reading. And one of them is now part of the team but the last time we saw him he was being part of Metropolis Police.
Now that’s what the show tells us, but the people behind of all these super heroes? Where they now or what will they do?
Let’s see where you can catch up with the Leaguers, from the “oldest” to the news additions:
Last time we saw him on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.17 “Hex”
Well technically we didn’t see him. All we know is that Impulse was with Clark “dealing with a crisis in Keystone”
What has he been doing: Kyle has been probably the busiest Leaguer. You could see him guest starring a few high profile shows like “Cold Case”, “Big Love”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “CSI: New York” in a recurring role playing Gary Sinise’s stepson.
Kyle jumped to the big screen with the movie “The Haunting in Connecticut” which became a box office hit on ts opening weekend.
Watch the trailer: “The Haunting in Connecticut” – Trailer
Now he signed to be part of the remake of the film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in which he will face Freddy Krueger. He will certainly need to run fast.
Last time we saw him on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.01 “Odyssey”
What has he been doing: Alan also has been doing some movies like “Fired Up” and he will be starring along with another Smallville veteran, Sam Jones III, on the new Spike TV show “Blue Mountain State” He will playing the role of “Thad” a senior on the football team who ‘loves hazing incoming freshman’.
Lee Thompson Young
Last time we saw him on the Show: Season 6th – Episode 6.11 “Justice”
What has he been doing: Lee has been also guest starring in a few shows like “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and he is now on the “Sacred’s Heart Hospital” team as a surgical intern whom Dr. Christopher Turk (Donald Faison) is mentor on the ABC show “Scrubs”.
Last time we saw him on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.12 “Bulletproof”
What has he been doing: he created show called the “Emissary” which he is also starring. “Emissary” is the story of anthropologist Campbell Essex (Morris) discovering his destiny as the latest in a line of “Emissaries” or peak humans. Constantly pursued by ancient enemies who seek his power, Campbell struggles to overcome his own limitations before it’s too late. The series spans several hundred years and touches on serious issues of what it means to be human while bringing a new level of brutal realism to the sci-fi / fantasy genre. The series is also starring by Aaron Douglas (another Smallville alumni) and shooting is scheduled to begin in late 2009
Last time we saw her on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.08 “Bloodline”
What has she been doing: Laura besides being cast on the ABC show “V” and having the upcoming movie “Into the Blue 2″ along with Chris Carmack (also guest star on Smallville), has been casted to be the lead on a new Sci-Fi movie called Riverworld with Tahmoh Penikett who also stopped by Smallville on season 6 as Wes Kennan. Penikett (now on FOX’s Dollhouse) and Laura will play “a war correspondent and his fiancée who, shortly after dying, awaken in a land populated by everyone who has ever lived on Earth.
Riverworld already started production Monday and it’s expected to premiere in 2010.
Last time we saw her on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.01 “Odyssey”
What has she been doing: Alaina will be back to the Sci-Fi genre with the new show ‘Stargate Universe’ with Scottish actor Robert Carlyle. She is going to be playing Tamara Johansen who’s an inexperienced field medic.
Last time we saw her on the Show: Season 8th – Episode 8.17 “Hex”
What has she been doing: She will be part of the movie Tron 2.0 the sequel to the cult 1982 Sci-Fi hit. She will play one of, what she calls “temptresses” from inside the computer world. She tells TV Guide in an interview.
So what are the chances they will be coming back to the Smallville? All depends on their schedules on their other projects. One thing is for sure. We will like to watch them to come back and help Oliver and Clark on Smallville but we are glad they are having the much deserved success outside the Superman world.
Kyle Gallner’s “The Haunting in Connecticut” is now on theaters.
Alan Ritchson‘s “Blue Mountain State” pilot went into production in February, 2009 and could be premiering on the Spike TV channel this fall.
Lee Thompson Young’s “Scrubs” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on ABC.
Phill Morris’ “Emissary” shooting is scheduled to begin in late 2009
Laura’s Vandervoort’s “V” is scheduled to premiere next fall on ABC, the movie “Into the Blue 2: The Reef” is due to be released April 21, 2009 on DVD. And “Riverworld” which already started productionit’s expected to premiere in 2010
Alaina Huffman’s “Stargate Universe” is coming on the fall 2009 on the Sci-Fi Channel
And Serinda Swan will be casting a “Hex” on theater with Tron 2.0 on 2011
The CW: A Case of Promotion; Or Lack Thereof – The Miss Adventures Continue
On May 2008 I did a small article about the lack of attention the CW to Smallville and its former Thursday escort Supernatural promotion-wise.
You know, when Smallville’s 100th episode “Reckoning” aired on 2006 near of 6.3 million people watched it. When the 150th aired (now 3 years later) only 3.81 million did. Granted, we are talking about different times and most important different networks. At the time the 100th episode aired Smallville was part of the WB, now its part of the CW which is the result of the WB and UPN merging. According with analysis when these two networks merged at least 1 million of viewers was lost. Mostly because The CW didn’t “inherit” the entire WB market. Example: If the WB was watched in five states the CW is now showing in 4, hence the audience for all shows will be lower cause not all the people has access to them anymore.
The CW started already with an obstacle: fewer markets = Less audience. They basically had two things to depend on: the already established audience that shows like Smallville. Gilmore Girls, Supernatural among others had it and Promotion.
Let’s go back to the Smallville case with its Milestones episodes. Besides the already pointed differences between both of them, there is another, one that it’s so important that the lack of it could sink a show in no time, once again Promotion.
“Reckoning” was started to be promoted before the 2005 Christmas Hiatus, the episode aired on January 26th 2006.
“Apocalypse” (150th) was started to be promoted, less than 2 weeks before.
Ok; we could argue that the Writers Strike that started on November 2007 and ended on February 2008 could have been one of the reasons why this episode was overlooked and almost null promoted by the network, it was not even written by that time. So with less time to write, less time to promote.
“Apocalypse” was promoted on TV Guide: Magazine and on a TV Special about the returning shows after the WGA Strike. Both were released/aired less than 2 weeks before the airing of the episode.
The network? Well The CW only released the usual episode stills, the “Director’s Cut” (that it will be proper to point out that even when this is only for USA residents no all people in this country are able to see it) the trailer after the April 24th episode, and that was it, not even a Promotional Poster a printed Ad, nothing.
You’d say, well the trailer is important, what’s on it and how many times this is showed on TV. The trailer was a “normal” one; this episode was in no way in shape promoted as a milestone, just another regular new episode. And this added to the fact that the trailer was aired also as many times as a regular new episode would be promoted.
Thing that it’s not much help either.
This is not a new thing with The CW; another victim of the constant overlooking by the network is Smallville’s escort of 9pm, Supernatural. If Smallville is only a beep on the radar for the Promotion Department of the CW, Supernatural basically doesn’t exist then.
Supernatural is the kind of show that well promoted and pushed to the front would be a huge success. Smallville is most likely ending next year and who better than Supernatural to become the #1 scripted show of the network?
Is The CW taking the fandom of these two shows for granted? That since both shows have already an established audience it’s not worth the promotion?
Top CW Primetime Shows, April 28 – May 4
1 AMERICA’S TOP MODEL………..4,195 2 SMALLVILLE …………………….3,812 3 FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN….3,762 4 SUPERNATURAL………………. 2,629 5 REAPER …………………………2,581
Top CW Primetime Shows, April 21-27
1 AMERICA’S TOP MODEL-4 …….4,353 2 FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN ….4,296 3 SMALLVILLE……………………..3,620 4 ONE TREE HILL…………………..2,925 5 GOSSIP GIRL……………………..2,504
Top CW Primetime Shows, April 14-20
1 FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN……….3,706 2 SMALLVILLE…………………………3,608 3 ONE TREE HILL-MON ………………2,802 4 SUPERNATURAL (R)…………………2,120 5 PUSSYCAT DOLLS: GIRLICIOUS……1,850
Top CW Primetime Shows, April 7-13
1 FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN……4,304 2 AMERICA’S TOP MODEL-4…………..2,376 3 SMALLVILLE (R)…………………..……2,035* 4 PUSSYCAT DOLLS: GIRLICIOUS….1,923 5. BEAUTY AND THE GEEK-3………..1,913
(*) Even with repeats Smallville maintains its leadership in the ratings on The CW.
Source: Nielsen TV Ratings Data
Smallville is the #1 scripted show on the network and its audience keeps it always on the top 3 of most watched CW Shows, and it could have yet more viewers if only is promoted as it should.
I get that Gossip Girl is a new hot show and it needs to be promoted, especially with an audience of 2,55 million aver. But shouldn’t be the other shows promoted as Gossip Girls is?
Supernatural viewers in average are slightly higher than Gossip Girl’s, yet next to this show Supernatural is not getting any promotion, not at all.
It would be a good for a change that the CW dedicates the same attention that they give to Gossip Girl to Smallville and Supernatural. In fact, half of this attention would have a great impact on both shows.
Smallville is the kid on a family that is brilliant, a straight A student but he is never recognized nor rewarded for it.
Supernatural is the brother that could be on the top of the class always but the parents don’t pay attention to him nor gave him the tools for him to make it to the top, but at the same time they favor the other daughter Gossip Girl, who has the same performance as Supernatural but yet she is given all what she needs to succeed.
It’s sad that the “old” shows, the ones that in first place gave the network the basic tools to start with the right foot like Name and an Established Audience are being overlooked and ignored not giving them the proper promotion.
So far for The CW at least Thursdays are not part of the Week.
Now a year later I wish I could come and say to you:
The CW on season 8 gave the promotion Smallville and Supernatural deserved, they have Ads and Posters to promote Thursday’s nights……..they didn’t. All the attention went once again to the new shows like 90210 and once again these two shows were left cold. Well I have to give credit when credit is due, they finally had new promos released at the middle of the season 8.
Now we have a light difference this year; with Smallville entering to a 9th year the CW had the “fabulous” idea to move it to…..Fridays. Yes to the TV dead zone. Granted at first I was angry and frustrated with once again the CW and its treatment to Smallville. They sure at least take notice of it but it was not the attention we were waiting for.
Then I start to see it in another perspective. All other major networks were moving hit shows to Friday nights, Ugly Betty, and Medium joins Smallville on this unfortunate night, with usual suspects as Ghost Whisperer and Dollhouse, so I figure out, well maybe they actually thought this through.
On the annual Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour CW’s president Dawn Ostroff say this about the change of nights of Smallville.
Moving Smallville to Fridays was the best way to migrate viewers to a usually empty night. So follow that show, fans! “I think the prods have come up with great storylines. We have high hopes for it staying on the air for a while.” “I hope it’s not the last season,” says Dawn on Smallville. “We have high hopes for it staying on the air for a while”
Emphasys on “We have high hopes for it staying on the air for a while”
I ask, how Mrs. Ostroff pretends to have Smallville on for a year 10 when the network DOESN’T promote it? We are today at exactly 6 weeks before season 9 takes flight on a night of turbulences and storms. And what we have so far as promotion?
- 1 trailer that promotes its new night: with old footage – 1 Up to Speed Trailer with a recap of season 8 that, correct me if I am wrong is only meant for Internet viewers – 1 promotional photo, with one of the WORST Photoshop art I have seen on my life and probably the most insulting one to the actresses Erica Durance and Kristin Kreuk (no longer on the show) when the head of the first was poorly attached to the body of the second.
I would say the CW Art Department needs to hire new people, but then I say it needs to hire people that like Smallville because I have seen the new shows arts and they are not bad so I am lead to think they did the Smallville one in a hurry.
Melrose Place, 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries all have new trailers with new footage they have Posters they have special content on the web page. Supernatural got a trailer last night (August 13th) a 10 second trailer.
Smallville had a really good and amazing Trailer released on this year San Diego Comic Con. The trailer has not been released to the public? Why is this? If I were the CW I would air that trailer 10 times a day.
So my question remains, The CW wants Smallville next year? HELP IT Promote it! Smallville does have a faithful audience but that’s not an excuse to not promote the show. You can grab new audience.
My feelings from last year remain the same for most of the part. I do hope the CW makes me, make US fans change the perception we have right now of them
10 Things That Could Make Season 10 LEGENDARY
A few days ago I did an article about what, in my humble fan opinion, made season 9 an extraordinary season. Now I want to take the time talking about what I would love to see on Season 10, which is the final chapter of this journey called Smallville.
Being honest, after watching Season 9, I can say that whatever they do, it will be great so these, more than wishes, more than suggestions, are things I am throwing out there in the universe.
Some are most likely to happen than others. Some could end up being missing opportunities and I’ll have to settle on with fan fiction then, but never say I didn’t try and asked the universe for these.
Contrary popular believes, and this might shock you: I don’t want flight, don’t get me wrong, I want to see Clark to take flight too, but I think that’s an obvious thing. That will happen, being at the beginning, middle or end of the season so I won’t include it on these 10 things.
I don’t want Batman around either, so I won’t ask for him. First: is useless, asking this knowing I’ll have the same answer over and over again. Second: what for? Specially now? The last thing we need is focus an episode on the final season to the introduction of another DC Character, and one as big as Bruce Wayne/Batman which brings me to: 10. Put the DC Toy Box Away This Year. I won’t lie; I am one of those that get excited when a new DC Comic character is introduced. I enjoyed Hex. I loved Absolute Justice, Run and Aqua, Cyborg, Siren and Justice, all epic, all iconic, but being on the final season? I think is time to focus more about Clark. It was already established he is a leader on Salvation, so it should be time to let that part go. The point was already being made Clark Kent is the leader of the JLA and he doesn’t need tights and fly to prove it.
Ok, I might accept Dinah back (cause Alaina Huffman couldn’t be in more than 2 episodes because her other show) and that’s because I guess Oliver should have some kind of closure as well in the show and Smallville loves foreshadowing. Speaking of which: 9. Arrive, Eat and Leave. Or in other words, if people are returning, let’s do this quick and painless. And yes I am speaking specifically about Lana. I heard Tom Welling say that besides wanting to have Lex back he would want to have Lana back also; so it might happen. I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Kristin Kreuk indeed comes back, it’s somehow expected; but please can we keep this under 1-2 episode deal?, the last thing we need is to have another 5-episode arc and specially about, the obvious Lana-Clark-Lois triangle.
Say no to the stretch. All we need is: Lana is back (without powers), she is happy, no drama, bye. Again on the final season, Clark should be focused on other things like 8. Reporter Clark. Clark Kent is not only meant to become Superman, Clark Kent is meant to be a great reporter as Lois Lane. This is not a façade, Clark is supposed to LOVE journalism, this is a part of him that was dropped a long time ago and it needs focus. As important as being a JLA leader, as important as his relationships is his work as the Daily Planet Reporter. Clark Kent the reporter is not a disguise is part of his life.
We have to remember that beyond his powers, beyond being from another planet, Clark was raised and is living an human life, enjoying a suffering as a regular human being, doing, living, feeling human things, that reminds me, and this I am going to blame TPTB for it 7. The Proposal. Come on you saw this coming since you put a ring on Lois Lane on that flash forward vision of 2013 on Salvation. If you showed the fruit you need to show the seed. Aside the shipper point of this. Clark started as a boy, a Superboy; I must say that it would kind of cool if we end the show with Clark as Superman and as a MAN. Having a work and being in a committed relationship.
Lois already knows the secret (and please let’s keep it this way) so is not that beyond the reality to think than somewhere along the season a proposal or a consideration of one comes. Of course this comes hand in hand in how the Clark and Lois relationship is developed now that all the cards would be on the table, but this can only work if. 6. Erica Durance on 22 Episodes. This.is.the.final.season, is time for Lois Lane to be in ALL the episodes. Her absents are beyond anticlimactic by now, like on season 9, Charade? We were left with a cliffhanger that it was never resolved, not on the next episode, Sacrifice (cause Erica wasn’t there) but neither on the next one, Hostage, that picked up like, nothing happened, we never knew what happened, what Lois said, what Clark did, nothing.
This is the final path so Lois Lane has to be way more involved on Clark’s story. This is perhaps a shallow request, specially trying to find the time and space in an already crowed Season 10 for it, but, Chloe had a birthday, Oliver had a birthday, Clark had a Birthday, could we please 5. Have a Lois Birthday Episode? Pretty please? Of course it would be better to have an episode about Little Lois and her army days (btw, if you can bring Michael Ironside back…. That would be swell) but that could take a detour of any arc already written and that’s probably a luxury that can’t be taken, so it could be easier to just say: is Lois’ Birthday. It doesn’t have to be an overboard, but it would be nice to have a light fun time this season and what better than doing it with a Lane birthday. Or if you like you can have it around Christmas and killing two birds with one stone.
Light episodes are always welcome, Hex was a fun one among the drama that was happening around giving us, and the villains a rest. Speaking of villains: 4. They’ll be Back. And I am not only talking about the obvious “bring back Lex” choice, I am talking about Zod as well. These villains marked a before and an after on the story of Smallville. And the greatest thing? You don’t need to give them closure because they are on Clark’s future. Bring Lex and let him kill Tess once for all (something tells me that Michael Rosenbaum and Cassidy Freeman would have the time of their lives working together), find the way to merge Phantom Zod with Clone Zod to make GENERAL Zod! (Or just bring back Callum Blue; I am not picky in HOW). Clark doesn’t need to face them, they don’t need to be developed, they just need to be there and let us know, they could come back….any time.
The next one not only applies for Lex and Zod’s return. This one is probably one of the pivotal things season 10 needs and it requires everybody involment: Cast, Crew and Network; 3. PROMOTION. Is the Final season, the world must know about it. We need a new photoshoot, enough with the Season 5 recycling. Tom is different, Erica has a different hair. We need new stuff; we need the cast out there. More Photoshots less Photoshop CW. Smallville has the most gorgeous cast on TV; the magazines should have them on their covers.
This is the last chance, Smallville is saying good bye, and it should go with a BANG; 2. Two Hour Finale, please, no more trying to fit action, romance, and x effects ECT, all on 1 hour. Smallville needs its 2 hours finale. It needs to take time to give closures, to give a new beginning. Give it it’s time to say good bye, its time, its peace, don’t rush it. Giving the show less than 90 min to conclude its story would be disrespectful.
Don’t deny Smallville the proper closure, the closure they have earned, that the fans have earned on these 10 years.
And above all, respect its legend; 1. Clark, Clark, CLARK. On this season, never forget for whom and about whom this show started: Clark Kent. Be faithful to him, focus on him, insure him even, but just remember that on this story, everyone lives and breathes around Clark. He is the priority.
I won’t ask you to forget to give closure to the supporting characters, it won’t be fair, but I’ll ask you to remember that above all them is Clark Kent. The hero, the one whose morals MUST respected and vindicated. The leader; the one which other heroes look up to. This is HIS story, the story about a kid that felt from the sky and now is a man that will protect the planet. Not only the planet that adopted him as one of us; the planet that he adopted as his.
Whatever you do this next year, I am sure about one thing, that you would do the best job ever. And as sad as I am because this is the end of a era for me I can’t wait to see how this ends