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SDCC: Smallville talks to E!Online
This interview is from Meg Masters, for E!Online's Watch with Kristin.

Smallville Stars Promise Comic-Con (and Thousands of Fans!) a Fabulous Final Season
Today 2:22 PM PDT
by MEGAN MASTERS

If you're feeling a teensy bit emotional about the impending end of Smallville—well, join the club.

Sorry, wish we could offer you some solace, but after the nine-season retrospective (new footage from year ten included!) at Sunday morning's Comic-Con panel, we're still sitting here like blubbering idiots trying to pen this oh-so-informative scoop-fest for you. Wait, there actually is some solace in that, huh?

So sit back, relax and put your Chlollie/Clois/Clark Kent thinking caps on, because boy do we have some Comic-Con induced fun for you...

Since you asked (and asked and asked via hundreds of Twitter @replies), we did our best to get the dirt on your favorite Smallville lovebirds, Chloe (Alison Mack) and Oliver (Justin Hartley). And luckily, we did!

According to show runner Kelly Souders, Alison fans need not fret—that kickass chicky will be back in a big way.

"We have a really strong story for her this season," Kelly tells us. "You will see Chloe this season again [beyond the premiere]. Plus, she has a relationship with Oliver and she's got to tie that up. That's just flowing in the wind! Chlollie fans will be happy—they will get their time onscreen."

Go ahead—we'll give you guys a minute to regroup after that joyous news.

"That relationship has been a lot of fun for us to write," Kelly continues, "and I know it's been really fun for Justin and Alison. They've had a good time evolving, and [that relationship] is not going to stall out. They're so interesting together, we love them onscreen. So we're Chlollie fans, too!"

As for the actual number of episodes Alison will appear in, it's still up in the air, but both Kelly and show runner Brian Peterson promise it will be for as many as humanly possible. Plus, Chloe will be introduced in comic books soon too, so be on the lookout for that.

Justin Hartley is eager to get his onscreen galpal back, too. "The way it starts off is Oliver's looking for Chloe, trying to find out who took her, what happened," he spills, "He gets those answers rather quickly. And from then on it's a quest to find her or prove those people wrong. He doesn't believe them. But I love Chlollie. It works, right?"

Oh, and did you guys want some news about Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling), too?

Erica tells us Clois will be in a good place with Smallville returns Sept. 24. "Lois knows Clark's secret, and that's mind-blowing but it's an affirmation she has because I believe she's always known they were the same person," she laughs.

"I would go up against anyone about that. And now Lois is embracing it and finding out where she fits in his world now that he's this rockstar."

But ever the feminista, Erica has plans for her alter ego beyond the romance: "Hopefully she will continue to go forward, and continue her individual path and being that undercover reporter and believing in herself—not just relying on the fact that he's a superhero. I want her to still continue to save herself." Have we mentioned that both Erica and Lois are pretty badass?

Comic-Con's Smallville panel was bubbling over with too much scoop? Not possible, but here's your quick fix on everything else you need to know:

• John Schneider (Jonathan Kent) is back, and popped up on the panel to surprise fans! "I wish I were more like him in my real life," John gushed of his character. What you might not have known is that he'll be back for more than one episode and told us that how he reappears is still a mystery to him. "I don't know if that means I'm a spirit. I'm not really sure exactly what I am; real, imaginary, memory? But it's the best written scene I've ever done on Smallville."

• Lionel (not Lex!) Luthor appeared in the new footage for season ten, but that doesn't mean they've given up on Michael Rosenbaum's return. "I know he's thinking about it," Tom tells us. "I know he knows that we want him and we don't feel like we can end it without it. He threatened he'd be in audience and make himself known, but he kept quiet if he was even out there." And for the record, Tom said he'll sign our petition to bring the baddie back, so let's get going on that.

• Tess lives! For better or worse, Cassidy Freeman ain't goin' nowhere. "I'm sitting here in this panel, so it looks good," she teased. "There are no goodbyes for me right now, I'm coming back to say hello."

• Brian Peterson says they're bringing in Darkseid as a villain this season, but in a way we've never seen before. Also, members of the Suicide Squad will pop up.

• Some form of the real Superman suit popped up in the promo, to which Tom said he hadn't seen it in person yet, and Brian promised we'd see Clark in an outfit other than the black one we're seeing now. "Whatever we do, I want to make sure we earn the suit at the end," Tom told us after the panel.

• 22! Erica will be in 22 episodes this season. And Justin will be in 17.

• To answer many Twitter Q's: ""I don't think we need a symbol or bracelet to know who Clark's true love is," per Brian.

That's all the Smallville scoop we've got for now—how are you feeling about it? Let us know below!


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la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: July 25th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks once again Tariel. Geez. So that woman had Tom in front of her, right? It really doesn't show.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
This article was all about the ships (and I couldn't care less about Chlollie), and barely mentioned Clark. I guess it reflects the interests of E!Online's readership (or at least those who participate in Twitter spam campaigns), but certainly not mine. :P
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 25th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some things don't change. KS continus to be her annoying self. It's funny that I happen to hate almost everything she loves.

And in this, SV's final season... should I really care most about the fate of Chlollie?
chlarks_cupid From: chlarks_cupid Date: July 26th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Some people do care. She did mention Tom and Clois and it seems that whats coming up for clois is great so you guys should celebrate.

I love clark and i love chloe/chlollie so it was great of her to mention them.

Thanks for the spoilers.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 26th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't care about "ships". I care about Clark's journey. My concern is that they may waste valuable screen time with ship stuff that goes nowhere. This is the final season and I hope they wrap things up properly.
chlarks_cupid From: chlarks_cupid Date: July 26th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah but its not like she didnt mention anything about clarks journey in season 10.
But there are some people who care about ships and appriciate that she talked about both ships in her article. There are numerous articles from comic con talking about how clark will change and how he will progress and his story so it was refreshing to have an article with different content.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't agree more, Carol. These last episodes are precious moments, not to be squandered on storylines that have nothing to do with Clark and the final steps he will take to become Superman.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
How sad is it that I don't trust anything the showrunners say? I actually hope KS is pandering to the Chlollie fans in what she's saying, throwing the shippers a bone as she loves to do, because the last thing I want to see on the show is a significant focus on that relationship. Obviously some people love it, but to me they will always be a couple who came together to betray Clark. :(

All I want in S10 is Clark, Clark, and more Clark!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: July 25th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I know he's thinking about it," Tom tells us. "I know he knows that we want him and we don't feel like we can end it without it. He threatened he'd be in audience and make himself known, but he kept quiet if he was even out there." And for the record, Tom said he'll sign our petition to bring the baddie back, so let's get going on that.
Aw! Love that the boys are still talking & teasing...I know what James G says, but he's got his own biases (SUPER proprietary & possessive of Michael!) & I wonder if Michael's twitter silence is an indication he's thinking about it?

I can't imagine Tom consenting to the Superman Returns suit - will be epic if he does!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love that the boys are still talking & teasing...

Confirmation that Tom and Michael have been talking and even spending time together was one of the best things to come out of SDCC. Who knows what Michael will ultimately decide, but I don't think Tom would misrepresent the situation or raise false hopes. If he says Michael is thinking about it, I believe him.

I can't imagine Tom consenting to the Superman Returns suit - will be epic if he does!

I don't think Tom will put on the SR suit, or that we'll ever see him in the full suit on the show, unless he ends up doing the Superman film when Smallville is over. But Tom surprises me more and more lately, so anything is possible!
acampbell From: acampbell Date: July 26th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
"I don't know if that means I'm a spirit. I'm not really sure exactly what I am; real, imaginary, memory?

I've been wondering the same thing. Jonathan's death was one of the best things the show ever did--am I wrong to worry that their bringing him back will desecrate what they've already done?

Lionel (not Lex!) Luthor appeared in the new footage for season ten,

I was dismayed to read that Lionel is coming back. (Do you think these will be flashback scenes?) Now, to make my joy complete: is KK confirmed? or is that still just speculation.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
The showrunners keep mentioning ghosts from Clark's past. I don't think that means literal ghosts, but I don't know how Clark will revisit the characters from his past (I think that's where we'll see Lionel, if they can get JG). I'm fine with Jonathan coming back to the show; I figure if Clark can talk to his long-dead Kryptonian father, why not Jonathan, too? But I'm afraid you're never wrong to worry about how this show will handle something! :)

From what I've read, it doesn't look like KK wants to come back. They've said they want her, but also that she's very busy. Unnamed sources who claim to be close to KK say it will never happen.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 26th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it sounds like Smallville's going to be awesome this season.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 31st, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think so, too! I'm so glad they're embracing S10 as the last, and approaching it from that perspective right from the start.
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