Looking Ahead at 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural'
July 27, 2008 8:53 PM
Hey, CW, guess what? People do watch your shows that are not about rich teens.
The line on Sunday for room 6CDEF, which held back-to-back panels for The CW's Thursday lineup of “Smallville” and “Supernatural," was wrapped around the building an hour and a half before the first panel was even set to begin. Between the two panels, the Daily Blink went to use the restroom and found the line had grown even longer than it was in the morning and that it had been capped, to the disappointment of many “Supernatural” fans.
So what did the genre shows' panels have to offer the fans who did manage to get in?
—“Smallville” will feature two new characters next season, played by Cassidy Freeman and “Battlestar Galactica's” Sam Witwer, as well as the return of fan favorite Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), who will fill the void left by Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk.
—Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, who take over for departing showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, said they would honor the “no tights” portion of Gough and Millar's “no tights, no flights” policy.
—Clark will start to accept his destiny and start thinking he needs a double identity.
—Geoff Johns will write an episode about the Legion of Superheroes, and viewers can expect to see the return of the Justice League as early as the season premiere.
—Allison Mack, who plays Chloe and received the most boisterous love from the audience, may try her hand at directing an episode of the series.
Moderator Jeph Loeb, who currently works on “Heroes” but was a supervising producer on “Smallville” for several seasons, pointed out that the show, which is headed into its eighth season, only had a five-year plan at its inception.
“Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke, however, said he's sticking to wanting to do only five years.
“It's better to go out on top and strong,” he said.
Mr. Kripke opened the “Supernatural” panel by unveiling the first four minutes of the season-four premiere and capped it with a preview of the gag reel from the season-three DVD set. In between, there was a unexpected visit midpanel from the Ghostfacers, who were featured in a “Ghost Hunters”-like parody episode last season. The amateur ghost hunters/documentarians will be getting a short-form original spinoff of their own.
Mr. Kripke and fellow producers Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund offered few teases, but after getting to see the opening minutes of the premiere episode, the crowd wasn't complaining.
What they said:
— Storylines that were cut short by the writers strike, such as Mary's past and Sam's journey into his abilities, will be addressed next season.
— Episode four will flashback to the Winchester brothers' parents as young adults. It's unknown who'll play Mary and John Winchester; as an adult, he is played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was announced that Mitch Pileggi ("The X-Files") will play Mary's father.
— On the producers' wish list: Bruce Campbell, currently tied up with USA's “Burn Notice.”
“I feel like season four, we're kicking the doors open,” Mr. Kripke said.
“It's the best mythology we've done since season one,” Ms. Gamble added.