Smallville: Homecoming – Clip

Here’s a clip from SMALLVILLE’s 200th Episode, ‘Homecoming’.

Official Description:
“In an attempt to cheer up Clark (Tom Welling), Lois (Erica Durance) convinces him to attend their five-year high school reunion. A visit back to the home of the Crows has Clark remembering old times with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and Chloe (Allison Mack), while Lois is furious that no one remembers her five days as a student.
Brainiac 5.0 (James Marsters) uses his Legion ring to visit from the future and takes Clark through his past, present and future. He shows Clark what really happened the night Jonathan died, Oliver’s (Justin Hartley’s) current pain and Clark’s future at the Daily Planet with Lois and his role as Earth’s favorite red and blue superhero.
Smallv_homecoming_C_BrainiacJeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.”

The description is calling Marsters’ character “Brainiac 5.0”, while comic book readers know him as simply Brainiac 5.
SMALLVILLE airs Fridays at 8:00 PM/7:00 Central on The CW Network, followed by a new episode of SUPERNATURAL.

Video clip via youTube

'Smallville: Supergirl' Details & Clip

—SPOILER WARNING—

Here’s the official description of SMALLVILLE’s ‘Supergirl’ from the CW:

Clark (Tom Welling) is stunned when Kara (guest star Laura Vandervoort) returns to Earth and tells him Jor El sent her to stop the dark force that is coming because he doesn’t believe Clark can handle it.
Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) confronts Gordon Godfrey (guest star Michael Daingerfield), a shock jock radio DJ who has been crusading against heroes, after he threatens the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley).
SMALLVILLEHowever, after Godfrey is possessed by the dark force, he takes Lois hostage and Clark and Kara have to come to her rescue.
Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Ann Cofell Saunders.

SMALLVILLE airs Fridays at 8:00 PM/7:00 Central on the CW Network, followed by a new episode of SUPERNATURAL.
 
 

 

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Kara shows Clark how the mild-mannered alter-ego bit works.

Laura Vandervort is SUPERGIRL
Laura Vandervort is SUPERGIRL

'Wonder Woman' TV Series Rumor Looks Legit

Wonder Woman_LogoAccording to The Hollywood Reporter and other sources, Warner Brothers Television is developing a  new, modern-day version of WONDER WOMAN for television.
I was initally reluctant to pass on this story, as some of it didn’t seem all that likely, to me. Apparently, Warner Bros. has picked ALLY MCBEAL creator David E. Kelley to write and possibly produce a potential series.
 A TV version does make some sense, as the studio has had a Wonder Woman film stuck in development hell for nearly a decade. In 2005, Joss Whedon signed on to write and direct a film adaptation. After two years, Whedon left the project, Warner Bothers and producer Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) reportedly unhappy with his approach.

Linda Cater as WONDER WOMAN
Linda Carter as WONDER WOMAN

Many viewers will remember the light-hearted Linda Carter WONDER WOMAN TV series of the 1970’s with some affection, and a series is less of a risk than a major theatrical film. However, recent ‘super-woman’ series, such as NBC’s BIONIC WOMAN re-boot and FOX’s DOLL HOUSE (from Whedon) did not fare well in the ratings.
It’s unclear if the potential series would follow the traditional Wonder Woman storyline, or DC Comic’s current re-vamp of the character. It’s unknown if the series might be aimed at one of the big networks or perhaps as a replacement for SMALLVILLE on The CW, now in its final season.
As far as I can tell, neither Warner Brothers Television nor David Kelley have made any comments that would confirm or deny this report.

'Smallville: Shield' – Description & Clip

SMALLVILLE producer Brian Peterson sets up this clip from the second episode, Sheild.

Here’s the CW’s official description:
“After Lois (Erica Durance) departs for Egypt, the Daily Planet hires a new reporter by the name of Kat Grant (guest star Keri Lynn Pratt) to take her place. An assassin named Deadshot (guest star Bradley Stryker) takes aim at Kat but Clark learns the man has a dangerous hidden agenda that involves The Blur.
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Meanwhile, Carter Hall (guest star Michael Shanks) turns up in Egypt to keep an eye on Lois and he tells Lois about his wife Shayera (guest star Sahar Biniaz).
Glen Winter directed the episode, written by Jordan Hawley.”
SMALLVILLE airs Fridays at 8:00 PM/7 Central on the CW Network.

SMALLVILLE: Lazarus – Review

SMALLVILLE: LAZARUS  – The CW Network
 The Season 10 premiere of SMALLVILLE was a decidedly mixed bag. The were some really good moments, and some disappointing ones, along with a number of incidents that might make you say :“Huh?”

SmallV_lazarus_WellingPicking up where the season nine finale, Salvation left off, Lazarus lives up to its title, with a number of resurrections. Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is saved from a state between life and death by Lois Lane (Erica Durance), who removes the Blue Kryptonite dagger from Clark’s side. This took away all his powers, and yet he fell off the roof of a building and was not splattered. Nor was the street cracked or showing signs of blood. But never mind, I don’t really expect science fiction-level logic; on this show fantasy logic and lapses of probability are more common, and forgivable.  Lois hides herself, choosing not to reveal that she knows Clark secret.
Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) wakes up from being pronounced dead, taken to Cadmus Labs, her severe facial burns healed. There she discovers a young boy named Alexander (Jakob Davies), who explains that the many deformed or otherwise unready creatures growing in tanks are his “brothers”, clones of the (allegedly dead) Lex Luthor. She’s caught by surprise by one of the “bad” ones, out of the tank and seeking revenge. This Luthor (Mackenzie Gray) is an aged version, claiming all of Lex’s memories.
Chloe Sullivan (Alison Mack) is on the trail of the missing Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), whose kidnapping seems to be the work of Earth humans, even though their sudden arrival in Salvation suggested teleportation or some other exotic means. The blindfolded Oliver, the Green Arrow, is being tortured (by guest star Ted Whittall, possibly to be seen again) for information about recent events that the Kandorians were responsible for last season. He refuses to talk.
Desperate to learn where he’s being held, Chloe goes to the Justice Society headquarters, and dons the helmet of Doctor Fate, despite warnings from the spirit of Nabu against that act. She falls to the floor, unconscious or dead.
SmallV_Lois_FieldThe Lex clone has kidnapped Lois, and she awakens to find herself strapped to a cruciform object in the same cornfield where, in the series’ very first episode, a young, more innocent and less embittered Lex Luthor  found Clark in a similar condition. But instead of rescue, this Luthor intends to use her to hurt Clark, setting the field ablaze.
Chloe is revived by Clark and Dr. Hamilton (Alessandro Juliani of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA). She has had visions of the present and future, some of which she reveals.
Clark arrives to challenge the Lex clone, who berates him for arrogance and pride, “forcing” that Luthor to act against him as a danger to the world. This is not what Clark wants to hear, and he nearly kills the clone, which would be proving his point. The already dying “Luthor” proposes to force Clark make an impossible choice: Save the woman he loves or save dozens in Metropolis, where he’s triggered an explosion that topples the giant metal globe atop the Daily Planet.
In a iconic scene, Clark uses his powers to save Lois in a super-speed comic book fashion, then races to Metropolis where he leaps the tall building in a single bound, catches the sphere and restores it to the top. It’s a great moment and Clark enjoys the cheers of the crowd, feeling he’s finally become the hero everyone’s been pushing him to be for the past few years.
Buoyed by this, he returns to the Kent farm, considering donning the classic Superman uniform given to him by his mother last season. But Jor-El (voice of Terrance Stamp) teleports him to the Fortress of Solitude, and chastises him severely, essentially saying the Luthor clone is correct; Clark is prideful and reckless, and will never be the hero Earth needs.
This is one of the frustrating things about SMALLVILLE; Clark Kent is never allowed to be happy for more than a short while.
We see that Olivier is let loose from his captivity, and that Chloe seems to have willingly taken his place –- I think. It’s a slightly confused scene.
Back at the Kent farm, and already downcast Clark discovers that Lois has taken off for Egypt (a possibility from last year) after all. But then he sees what appears to be his dead Earth father, Jonathan Kent (John Schneider). He seems to be real enough, and acknowledges his own passing, also giving the stricken Clark affection and encouragement.
 Regarding becoming a hero, the elder Kent assures him he is on that path, and that he should do what he always does: “Prove Jor-El wrong.” Which is all very uplifting, but the Jor-El A.I. — though sometimes cold, unyielding, and prone to harrowing tests and harsh penalties — is almost always right.
Somewhat comforted, though plagued by doubt and guilt, Clark is surprised to see his father is gone, without telling him the exact nature of the terrible danger that is coming. The audience is given a creepy foretaste of what that menace is, and also shown Jor-El’s punishment, that the red and blue Superman outfit has been taken away, sealed in ice or crystal in the Fortress of Solitude.
I’ve given a much more detailed synopsis here than I usually do —and I’ve left a number of incidents out intentionally— because this episode is literally crammed full of plot and incidents, somewhat to it’s detriment, I thought.  It feels noticeably rushed.  (Especially since the running time seems shorter than ever; supposedly they’re 42 minutes sans commericals, but it seemed more like 40, though I was only casually counting time spent on station breaks.)
 Some of this is due to the fact that Alison Mack’s Chloe is only going to be appearing in five episodes (barring stock or unused footage turning up in others). She’ll be the one missing, and Oliver will be looking for her, until her next episodes arrive. Well and good, one has to allow for outside pressures, but then there all the other plot elements jammed into the script. Lazarus could easily have been stretched to two episodes, and probably should have been.
The show continues its one step forward two steps back routine of giving the characters some good moments, and teasing the Superman mythos, then snatching these pleasurable developments away. It can be frustrating for the viewer. The scenes with Pa Kent and Jor-El both seemed slightly off, leading me to suspect that there may be more going on than appears on the surface. If not, then they were awkwardly written. Some of Jor-El ‘s dialog seems to imply that he would have been quite content to let Clark die, because he was ‘foolishly’ self-sacrificing—as if the computer mind was now vindictively  and absurdly petulant.
SMALLVILLETom Welling and John Schneider give very good performances in their scene together, even if you were left wondering more about how and why the visitation happened, rather than its warmth and personal meaning.
So it’s a good premiere,  in terms of resolving cliffhangers and setting up the multiple plot threads that will run this season.  However, it’s not the  rousing, audience-pleasing episode it could easily have been, if only they’d been willing and able to hold off turning so quickly to the darkside of things.   
SMALLVILLE: LAZARUS (2010) — Warner Brothers Television
Written By Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson, Directed by Kevin Fair, Produced by Brian Wayne Peterson,  Kelly Souders, and Tom Welling, among others.

Smallville: 'Lazarus' — Clip

In this clip from the CW’s SMALVILLE, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) goes pretty iconic Superman-ish — to save to save the Planet — the Daily Planet globe, that is.
Lazarus, the Season 10 premeire, airs this Friday at 8:00 pm/7 Central on the Cw Network, followed at 9:00 by the Season 6 premiere of SUPERNATURAL.

'Smallville' Season 10 Official Description

SMVILLE_S10_ArtHere’s The CW’s Official Description of SMALLVILLE Season Ten.

“The end of the beginning starts here. Taking flight in its tenth and final season, this modern retelling of a hero’s legendary origins continues to blend realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent (Tom Welling) soars toward claiming his birthright.
Clark has emerged from his darkest hour, only to find the path to his destiny blocked by ghosts from the past — shadows in the present tempting Clark toward the darkness at every turn. Despite insurmountable odds, is Clark strong enough to step into the light and claim his rightful place as Earth’s mightiest protector?
As “Smallville’s” epic ninth season came to a close, General Zod (Callum Blue) and his Kryptonian Army declared war on the people of Earth. Clark prevented the deaths of thousands, if not millions of humans by using the Kryptonian Book of Rao to stop the attack. The spiritual tome opened a gateway to another world, one where Clark’s people could exist in peace. One-by-one, every Kryptonian on Earth was propelled across the universe, but as Clark prepared for his “ascension,” Zod refused to leave. Using a blue Kryptonite dagger to make himself human and avoid being sucked into space, Zod remained behind so that he could rule a world without its guardian, Clark Kent. Having no other option to rid the world of Zod’s tyranny, Clark plunged the dagger into his own abdomen, protecting himself from ascension — and exiling Zod in the process. Though victorious, Clark’s win was bittersweet as he plummeted off the building and into the darkness below.
After a fateful kiss, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) realized that the two men she had been torn between all season — Clark Kent and Metropolis’ heroic Blur — were one and the same.
Having finally found redemption and a second chance at love, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), were ripped apart. Chloe was forced to painfully listen as the love of her life, Oliver, was abducted by mysterious assailants during his attempt to help Clark defeat Zod’s Army.
And Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), heir to the late Lex Luthor empire and double agent for the now-defunct government organization Checkmate, was fatally burned at Zod’s hand in an attempt to right past wrongs. As Tess flatlined in Metropolis General Hospital, she was visited by a shrouded, elderly woman. The granny’s motives…still unknown.
Throughout season nine, Clark, bearing the iconic S-shield of his heritage, struggled to find his place between the human world in which he was raised and the Kryptonian world he was born into. Having made peace with his dual heritage, Clark, in season ten, must now find the courage to step out of the shadows and emerge into the light.
Never before has there been such a dangerous time for Clark to step into the public eye and take on the mantle of the inspirational icon he is destined to be. As the tide of sentiment in Metropolis turns against heroes, branding them as unchecked vigilantes, our defender of justice will be called upon to re-define what it really means to be a superhero.
Given how dangerously close Clark has skirted to crossing the line in the name of “justice” in the past, will he truly earn the right to be the symbol of good for humanity, or will he prove the naysayers right, that no one individual can be judge, jury and enforcer.

John Schneider, Tom Welling in 'Lazarus'
John Schneider, Tom Welling in 'Lazarus'

In the midst of this turmoil, a new danger will emerge as a dark force takes on many faces, threatening Clark at every turn. Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), Clark’s late, adopted father — forever and always Clark’s moral compass, will stand by Clark’s side as he takes his final steps toward accepting his birthright. He will need all the help he can get to fight the impending evil onslaught…the greatest darkness ever unleashed on Earth.
The season ten premiere, “Lazarus,” opens mere seconds after last season’s finale. Clark Kent wakes from his near-death experience, haunted by the ghosts of his past, both friend and foe. Given a new lease on life, Clark must find a way to rid himself of every last temptation, to purge himself of every last shard of doubt in his heart before he can become the beacon of hope the world needs. But a very real threat from Clark’s past has returned to challenge his ascent, causing Clark to question the nature of his crusade.
Lois Lane will face her own crisis of meaning, trying to redefine her place in the world now that she knows Clark’s super secret — but Clark won’t discover that she knows, and that’s the way she wants to keep it. Lois will try her best to keep the mild-mannered reporter at arms’ length in the hopes that a life free of romantic complication will make him a better hero.
Struggling with her own affairs of the heart, Chloe Sullivan will be faced with an impossible question — how much is she truly willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? Chloe will take a tumultuous step into danger for the greater good, the hands of Fate, her only guide.
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Justin Hartley as Green Arrow

When Chloe vanishes, Oliver Queen will be forced to look long and hard at the circumstances behind it. Blaming himself for her disappearance, Oliver will begin exploring accountability for all his past actions, good and bad — what great lengths will Oliver go to in order to bring his lost love back home?
Having risked her own life in an attempt to become accountable for her own misguided actions, no one is more surprised than Tess Mercer when she wakes, alive and well, in a seemingly abandoned medical facility. But what secrets lie in wait in the recesses of “Cadmus Labs”? And how much is Tess willing to give up to seize her second chance at redemption?
“Smallville” was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.”
 

SMALVILLE returns Friday September 24th at 8:00 PM on The CW Network.

'The Sandman' to Dream on TV?

Sandman_gaimanAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Gaiman’s comic books series The Sandman is in development as a TV series by Warner Brothers Televsion.
It’s early days yet, rights to the property have to be worked out with DC Entertainment, and thus far creator Gaiman has not been involved.
The article indicates that  Eric Kripke, who created had produced the first five years of Warner’s SUPERNATURAL for the CW Network is favored to be the show-runner.
Neil Gaiman’s version of The Sandman ran from 1989 until 1996, 75 issues under both the DC and Vertigo imprint. Dealing only rarely with the DC universe of superheroes and villains, it explored instead themes of horror, fantasy and mythology.  It followed the experiences of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, part of the family of the Endless. They are the embodiments of  Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.

'Zombies Vs. Vampires' — For NBC?

NightOLD_groupAccording to Deadline.com, NBC has signed a deal for ZOMBIES Vs. VAMPIRES, described as a “fun buddy cop procedural”.
One of the cops will secretly be a vampire, and his/her partner are both assigned to a unit that handles zombie crimes. You see, being a zombie is just a condition that can be controlled with the proper medication, and those afflicted can be part of normal society if they stay on their meds.
The project comes from Austin Winsberg, who created and produced the John Stamos starring sitcom JAKE IN PROGRESS. Warner Brothers Television and McG’s Wonderland Productions are developing the show. Winsberg, McG and Peter Johnson will serve as executive producers.
Sounds more like something for SyFy or maybe The CW — but what do I know?  There was a movie called VAMPIRES Vs. ZOMBIES (aka Carmilla, the Lesbian Vampire 2004). I’ve heard that was unintentionally funny, but I hasten to say that I’m sure there’s no relation.
Photo: Night of the Living Dead