Being moved to Friday nights is apparently nothing like Kryptonite, because today the CW officially announced that the network’s longest-running scripted series, Smallville, has been renewed for a 10th season. The news comes a few short weeks after the CW renewed Supernatural, Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model.
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The renewal isn’t that surprising given the show’s continued success. Despite being moved to Friday nights, Smallville remained one of the network’s highest-rated shows. While Supernatural prepares to celebrate its 100th episode, the renewal means that early next season Smallville will reach its 200th episode.
The news is less good for fans of the CW shows still waiting for a renewal. With just 10 hours of programming available, there are only four slots left for One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place and a crop of potential new shows, including a cowboy family drama from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, a remake of La Femme Nikita and a drama about young backpackers that just cast Friday Night Lights star Scott Porter. That last casting choice may mean Porter is out as a potential Captain America.
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However, Smallville fans can now rest easy that the adventures of Clark, Lois, Chloe and Oliver Queen will continue for another year.
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