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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.

—Vlada Gelman

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Comments (5)

Thanks for the updates! I hope some of the fans got into the Supernatural panel. Season 4 sounds like it's going to start out with the same intensity as that awesome season 3 ending.

will they bring smallville to the Internet. there is a second audience there and i would love to catch episodes i missed on favorite tv show and popular video clips sites like www.hulu.com, www.zoogatv.com and www.tidaltv.com.

Phil K:

I am guessing Clark will fly this season, since they only mentioned "no tights".
You can't go much longer, though, without him adopting the Superman identity. The show this year should be about Clark becoming Superman.
To paraphrase the title of another hit show of the past, "Eight is Enough" seasons to wait for the big debut.
Perhaps he could wear the black costume he wore in the comics briefly, after he came back from the dead, with the familiar red and blue to come later. Maybe Kara/Supergirl could wear the red and blue first! :)
I am sure the Legion from the future will tell Clark about his destiny and he will move toward an alternate identity, just as in the animated Legion series and in the comics.
Conversely, Chloe should join a rival newpaper, or perhaps turn the Torch back in Smallville into a real newspaper/web site while Lois and Clark work at the Planet. Since she is so popular, she should be in the comics and in future movies, even in a different continuity.
I'm undecided as to whether the same actors should appear in a future Superman movie.

Pablo C:

On the Latest Superman movie, I was a bit disappointed to see that the Director went in the same direction as the previous movies. It would be awesome to see an untouchable powerful Lex Luthor founder of Lexcorp and President of the United states,as he is in the comics. They did Kevin Spacy wrong by forcing him to act like Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor). They should have re-introduced Superman as the Man of Tommorrow in a more futuristic Metropolis, and with better and bigger villians such as Metallo, Bizarro, And Darksied, and yes even Doomsday. I am tired of seeing the man of steel being brought to his knees by Kryptonite,that is a lack imagination on the part of the writers. The people want to see superman challenged and emerege victorious.I bet that if they went in that direction, adding in some drama with good old Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the mix,and you would have a mega blockbuster hit. Please don't sell the fans short.

I agree Pablo.C Hollywood lacks major creativity with so many remakes many many are very bad and the new superman was Ok but it should have never been just the next installment of Superman of the early years those our legends in them self Superman needs to move on because You scene the earlier movies you seen some of the Dean Cane Show if not all of it. We have scene the Journey to becoming Superman we need to see the next Chapter on big screen I think it would be a top contender to the New Batman Franchise I even wrote the start of a script for it but I am thinking of expanding the writing or at least ideas of Fans

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