Question: Any news as to whether Tom Welling has signed on for another season of Smallville? -- Scarlett
Ausiello: Yes, there's news, and it's good. Some would even call it, ahem, super. According to a well-placed Smallville insider, Welling is nearing a deal to return for a ninth season. I'm told they're just ironing out some minor deal points, such as should the Brinks Truck pull into the actor's driveway, or just unload on the street.
Regardless of anything I've said in the past about thinking it was time for Tom to move on, or hoping to see him on the big screen, I got the biggest thrill when I read these words. It just makes me feel like Tom is enjoying himself on the show if he's even considering staying on, and that makes me ridiculously happy. Plus, I can't deny I'd love to see him on my television screen every week for another season. I didn't feel that way when the season started, but the past ten episodes have changed my mind. I know it's just a rumor, but I hope it's true.