Following the end of Smallville
season 7, it was announced the series regulars Kristin Kreuk
and Michael Rosenbaum
, who had been with the science fiction series since the first episode, would not return as regulars for the eighth season. Additionally, Laura Vandervoort
and John Glover
have departed the series alongside Kreuk and Rosenbaum. While the show has weathered cast losses before, the new season of Smallville
faces an enormous challenge, especially with swirling rumors that the eighth season will be the program's last. But according to Kelly Souders, who is spearheading the series now that that show creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough are gone, that hasn't been decided yet. In fact, there are plenty of stories left to tell.
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"We are doing our best, everyone's working really hard, in hopes that this isn't the last season," Souders told The Gazette.
is moving forward as this season, which kicks off on September 18, features several major new villains, the return of some old allies, and a new phase in Clark's (Tom Welling
) life as his destiny as Superman looms. As you may have heard, the Green Arrow, Black Canary and Aquaman will show up to aid Clark battle some new threats, including Tess Mercer, acting chief executive of LuthorCorp in Lex's absence.
Of course, there are also other relationships to explore such as the one between Clark and Lois Lane (Erica Durance
), who will become co-workers at The Daily Planet in Metropolis.
Meanwhile, Souders assured that while Kreuk is no longer a regular, she will be back for a handful of episodes. Likewise, while Laura Vandervoort, who played Clark's Kryptonian cousin last season, is gone from the cast, she'll make a return appearance. As for Rosenbaum, "the door is always open," Souders said. And Lex's presence will still be felt even if he's not there.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Gazette
(Image courtesy of The CW)