According to Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly, Smallville may indeed be returning for a 9th season as negotiations with star Tom Welling are already well underway. Here’s what Ausiello had to say:
Yes, there’s news, and it’s good. Some would even call it, ahem, super. According to a well-placed Smallville insider, Welling is nearing a deal to return for a ninth season. I’m told they’re just ironing out some minor deal points, such as should the Brinks Truck pull into the actor’s driveway, or just unload on the street.
I suppose after throwing out the proposed “Graysons” project in the can, the CW ran out of superhero-themed show ideas and decided to continue with another season of “Smallville” after all. Still makes me wonder if they considered doing a Nightwing series. Regardless, 9 seasons has got to be the furthest they could possibly push the show before Clark has to don the red and blue suit and they have to call it “Metropolis”.
There’s also a tidbit on this upcoming season of “Lost”:
Question: Any major character deaths on Lost this season? — Sophie
Ausiello: None that I know of, but, after screening the first two eps, it certainly looks like a female cast-member isn’t long for this world. The fact that she was recently cast in a big Hollywood movie doesn’t bode well either. (Doc Jensen’s got more on Lost’s Jan. 21 premiere!)
Question: Got anything on Lost’s 100th episode? — Katy
Ausiello: Paris Hilton’s in talks to make a cameo as a Dharma intern circa 1973. I kid, I kid. I’m told the episode, slated to air this May, won’t feature any special stunts, although it is part of the run-up to the season finale and, well, that in itself is pretty stunty.
As for those who’ve been painstakingly waiting the past millennium or so for the return of “24″ (even though Fox = Antichrist), here’s some news on the 4-hour season premiere:
If it’s okay by you, I’d rather give you four tidbits, one for each hour of the two-night premiere.
1) Listen closely for the words “deep sky,” because one of 24′s coolest twists ever occurs shortly after they’re uttered.
2) A bombshell secret about Tony Almeida gets revealed around Hour 3: He’s got pectoral muscles for days. Janeane Garofalo even gets to touch one of them!
3) Speaking of Garofalo, her chemistry with doppelganger Mary Lynn Rajskub is so off the charts that there’s buzz Fox may spin them off into their own show. In related news, if I make a wish in Ask Ausiello, it officially qualifies as buzz. Totally true.
4) I’ve come to the conclusion after watching the first four eps that James Morrison is Neil Patrick Harris’ biological father.
Now for some “House” spoilers:
Trouble in paradise. When Foreman discovers that Thirteen was given a placebo in the Huntington’s clinical trial, he switches her to the real drug behind her back. The truth eventually comes out on Feb. 2 and all hell breaks lose. In the same episode, Cuddy turns the tables on House and tortures him for a change. If you’re a Huddy fan, the episode is like a gift from the TV Gods.
There’s a smorgasbord of other stuff on shows like “Ugly Betty”, “Life on Mars”, and “Gossip Girl” which I personally don’t really care about. The link to the EW.com Q&A can be found here.