Jeph Loeb To Head Marvel TV

jeph_loeb_WAccording The Hollywood Reporter, Jeph Leob (HEROES) has been made the head of a new division of Marvel Entertainment: Marvel Television.
Loeb, with writing and producing credits for both comic books and TV shows (SMALLVILLE) will supervise the the adaptation of Marvel Comic’s properties into live-action and animated projects for televsion and the Direct-To-DVD market.
Dan Buckly, Marvel’s Publisher and the President of the print, animation and digital divisions, will work with Jeph Loeb on these productions.
Loeb’s job title will be Executive Vice President, Head of Television.
Loeb’s has written comic books for both Marvel and competitor DC in the past, winning two Eisner Awards for his work on Batman.
This move mirrors DC Entertainment’s recent appointment of Geoff Johns (also a SMALLVILLE writer) to oversee development of their characters for the screen.

'Smallville' Chloe Won't Be A Regular

A_MACK_WEntertainment Weekly has confirmed that
Allison Mack, who plays Chloe Sullivan on the CW’s SMALLVILLE will NOT be back as a regular for the tenth and final season.

Mack’s character, the cousin of Lois Lane in the show’s continuty, was the only cast member that had been there since the first season, other than series lead Tom Welling.  The actress told the site that  “Out of respect for the amazingly loyal fans and the place I will always have in my own heart for Chloe, I’m coming back for several episodes next season to tie up Chloe’s SMALLVILLE legacy”.
There had been quite a bit of speculation (on fan web pages such as Kryptonsite) that  Allison Mack would not be returning for a full season.
On SMALLVILLE, the character Chloe Sullivan had long been the ‘other woman’ in Clark Kent’s life, with Clark being for many seasons her unrequited love.
In high school, she was obsessed about the strange events and freaks of nature that followed in the wake of the arrival of Kal-El’s spaceship amid a strange metor shower. This event claimed and changed many lives, as it also brought destruction and the ‘meteor rock’ now known as Kryptonite.
In the SMALLVILLE universe, Kryptonite is far from harmless to humans, being instead a radioactive power source and a powerful and unpredictable mutagen, causing dozens of “Meteor Freaks” that threatened the population.
While other women such as Lana Lang and Lois might have captured young Kent’s heart, Chloe was the first to discover his secret, and become his well-meaning aide-de-camp.
When last seen, Chloe was manning Watchtower, the computer center of the nascent Justice League, when her friend with benefits Green Arrow disappeared — after been attacked by an unseen group of super powerful entities who he said were not Kandorians.
It appears likely he will be rescued, but Chloe’s ultimate fate is unclear; an  eighth season visit by members of the 31st Century Legion of Superheroes revealed that there are no historical records of a Chloe Sullivan connected to Clark Kent, the revered and highly studied future Superman.
UPDATE: It was revealed at the CW upfronts today that SMALLVILLE will remain on Fridays at 8PM, to be followed at 9 by SUPERNATURAL, which used to be paired with the series in its original Thursday slot.
Speaking to MTV actor/exec. producer Tom Welling reiterated his desire to see Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor appear on the show again.
When asked about Superman’s traditional costume, he said it will be addressed in some fashion, but joked that he didn’t know if he’d be seen in tights.

Season 10 'Smallville's' Last

SMALV_LnCHollywood Life quotes series star/executive producer Tom Welling as confirming that Season 10 be the final one for the long-running CW show.
“Season 10 of SMALLVILLE will be the last season” Welling told the site.

This news has been expected, as the producers have mentioned it online, and it’s been known for two years that the star’s re-negotiated contract only called for him to continue in the role of young Clark Kent for this past season and the next.
The CW will likely make an official announcement at it’s press “Upfront” on their new season, tomorrow.
Still unknown at this time is whether co-star Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) will be signing as regular for the final season.
UPDATED: Mack will not be returning as a regular. See article.

Smallville:Salvation — Review

Zsalvation_Kiss_AThe Season Finale and A Look Back at Season Nine


Just saw the season Finale of the CW Network’s SMALLVILLE, ‘SALVATION’. Quite a dramatic ender for this year, with multiple cliffhangers.
To protect readers who haven’t seen it, I’ll start with the official description of the episode–which has some spoilers itself.

“Zod (Callum Blue) unleashes his army upon the world, forcing Chloe (Allison Mack) to call in reinforcements from old friends. Zod tells Lois (Erica Durance) he is The Blur and asks her to steal the Book of Rao from Clark (Tom Welling). Torn between Clark and The Blur, Lois asks Clark to come clean with her about everything but he refuses. Chloe (Allison Mack) and Oliver (Justin Hartley) attempt to reconnect Watchtower’s satellite system in order to fight the Kandorians but to Chloe’s horror, Oliver gets caught on site and disappears. Tess attempts to stop Zod but he leaves her clinging to life. Clark and Zod battle for control of Earth.”

Let’s see: The old friends? Justice League members John Jones (The Martian Manhunter, played by Phil Morris, Black Canary (Alaina Huffman of STARGATE UNIVERSE) and Lee Thompson Young as Cyborg make cameo appearances on Watchtower’s computer screens. The series’ version of the Justice Society, Hawkman (STARGATE’s Michael Shanks) and Britt Irvin as Stargirl are also on hand. Only Shanks gets a chance to make any real dramatic contribution to the proceedings, but I have to admit the scene ranked high on my comic book fan geek quotient.
However, the real Superman mythos pandering (and don’t get me wrong, I love this kind of stroking) was the opening minutes, which had Clark apparently having a vision of his own future (circa 2013) with many iconic comic book elements. And when he woke from this revelation, he discovered a package from his earth mother—which, judging from the reflection in his eyes, contained the classic Superman uniform.
The dilemma that faces Clark throughout the episode is that he can send Zod and the Kandorians to a world of their own—but all the Kryptonians on Earth, including Clark will be gone forever. Or as long as forever lasts in a comic book universe.
He has to struggle with that choice before being willing to make that sacrifice, but being who he is you know he will do so. No surprise there. But there are some twists along the way.
Oliver Queen (The Green Arrow), who has been having a “friends with benefits” affair with Chloe Sullivan (the only remaining character from the first year, save Clark) manages to exchange ‘I love you’s’ with her before getting whisked away by unseen super-strong foes who he says are NOT Kandorians.
Sitting vigil outside the horribly burned Tess Mercer’s hospital room has been a hooded woman, knitting away, waiting for her to die. Once she does, the grandmotherly figure shows a dark side as she enters the room, bag in hand, with what certainly seemed sinister intent.
Does this have anything to do with the “coming Apocalypse” mentioned several times over the season? Am I being blatant enough?
Lois not trusting Clark for keeping secrets? It’s very strongly implied that she knows the biggest one of all, after he saves her from the wrath of Zod.
And how does Clark manage not to get sent to wherever the Kandorians ascend to in a blaze of golden light? Zsalvation_Knife_B
Simple, he lets Zod stab him with a blade of Blue Kryptonite, which in the context of the show makes Kryptonians human. Thus Zod loses his own protection from being transported, and Kal-El falls off the building, speared in the side, his legs straight, his arms stretched out, in a classic crucifixion pose.
That last bit points out one of the strengths and weaknesses of the ninth season. Superman has always had a sort of Judeo-Christian echo in it. The angelic being, the only begotten son, sent to save us all. There’s Moses and his life-saving trip down the Nile, and the obvious Christ parallels. It’s a given, but it should stay as subtext and not become so heavy-handed, as it did in SUPERMAN RETURNS, and this season of SMALLVILLE.
It’s been so much in the forefront, that if I was a devout person, I would probably find it offensive. As it is, it’s been a bit of a drag, with characters going into fanatical monologues about as subtle and welcome as a tap on the shoulder with a sledge-hammer.
However, overall it’s been a good year. The first episode of the year was SAVIOR, showing Clark Kent returning from his 40 days in the desert, though he initially returned rejecting his mortal life, until realizing he needed to re-connect with it, due to his feelings for Lois Lane.
We met Zod, and John Corben (Metallo, played by TERMINATOR’s Brian Austin Green), and even had a the nod to the SUPERFRIEND’s Wonder Twins. Comic book fans got a two-hour “movie event” with the Justice Society script by comic book writer Geoff Johns.
Checkmate’s Amanda Waller (Pam Grier), and future JLA benefactor/menace Maxwell Lord (Gill Bellows) showed up, Martha Kent and Perry White (Annette O’Toole and Michael McKean) appeared in a great nod to years past, and we had the pleasant sight of the curvaceous Erica Durance dressed up as an “Amazon Princess” for a comic convention.
Series star Tom Welling became an Executive Producer this year, and working with show-runners Kelly Souders and Brian Wayne Peterson, I think facilitated a freshening of his and the show’s energy.
Season Eight, the first year without Michael Rosenbaum’s compelling Lex Luthor, had seemed a bit tentative and cash-strapped. While the budget didn’t increase notably this season, it seemed that producers and crew figured out ways to stretch the (Canadaian) bucks this year, giving it a smoother feel and filmic look, despite being shot on High-Definition video.
So messianic reservations aside, this aging fanboy is looking forward to another year of SMALLVILLE.
Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by Turi Meyer & Al Septien
Warner Brothers Television, The CW Network.

A Smallville Homecoming

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“Much to Clark’s (Tom Welling) surprise, Martha Kent (guest star Annette O’Toole) returns to Smallville with her new boyfriend, Perry White (guest star Michael McKean) in tow.

Lois (Erica Durance) and Perry realize they are both working on the same story about the Red Queen, and decide to team up, which ultimately puts them in serious danger.
Chloe (Allison Mack) helps Clark search for the Book of Rao, which they believe contains information on how to stop Zod (Callum Blue) and his army.
Glen Winter directed the episode written by Jordan Hawley & Anne Cofell Saunders.”
— The CW’s Official Description

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Nice to see former series regular Annette O’Toole return to the series, if only as a guest. As many will know, she played Lana Lang in SUPERMAN III (1983), and is married to Michael McKean in real life.
McKean previously appeared in a Season Three episode entitled “Perry”, apropriately enough.
Any doubts about who the “Red Queen” might be?
This character ties into the show’s current arc about the Checkmate organization, featured in the comics and JUSTICE LEAGUE cartoons.
‘Hostage” is the penultimate episode of Season Nine of the series, with the big showdown with Zod due in next week’s ‘Salvation’.
SMALLVILLE airs Fridays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW Network.
Photos: Michael Courtney/The CW Network
NOTE: Press material misspelled Michael McKean as McKeon, this has been corrected.