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Smallville in TV Guide
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 22nd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea what drives the sometimes incomprehensible decisions made by TPTB, or by the people in charge of promoting the show for the CW, but I do think they are featuring Chloe, both in the show and in the media, because they perceive her to have fans, and those are fans they want to keep. I don't think the fans they have in mind are the tiny contingent who harass the writers on Twitter and spam every Smallville article with comments bashing Lois and Clark, however.

Personally, I think this was the plan all along. The first half of the season was all about Lois, because they needed to get her personal and professional relationship with Clark firmly established in case S9 turned out to be the last, and Chloe's story was always intended to gain prominence in the second half. I only wish they were as anxious to give the spotlight to Clark.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 22nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I think this was the plan all along. The first half of the season was all about Lois, because they needed to get her personal and professional relationship with Clark firmly established in case S9 turned out to be the last, and Chloe's story was always intended to gain prominence in the second half. I only wish they were as anxious to give the spotlight to Clark.

Oh, I agree about that. In fact, I think the producers even said at the beginning of the season Chloe would be more featured during the second half. Which I honestly wouldn't have minded too much if Clark has been featured a lot too and Chloe hadn't been acting the way she's been acting towards him all season.

I just don't believe the notion that they wrote these ODs with the strict intent to drum up publicity strictly to court Chloe/Allison fans into watching. Just as I don't think they specifically wrote any of the ODs in the first half of the season to court Lois and Clark fans/shippers. Especially when it comes to the CW and their error-prone ODs. (I'm still waiting for the moment in Rabid when Chloe was supposed to beg Clark to save Lois' life). I think Chloe's getting most of the mention now in the press and stuff because she's got most of the plot focus, and not Clark. I think that was pretty apparent after Escape, Checkmate and Upgrade. Just as the producers said she would at the start of the season.

And I don't think the writers/producers of the show even read the CW ODs for the show. Because writer Al Septien had absolutely no idea the OD for Sacrifice spoiled the Oliver getting the Z burned into his chest thing. He had to be told about it by a fan on twitter.

Edited at 2010-04-22 12:27 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 22nd, 2010 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I just don't believe the notion that they wrote these ODs with the strict intent to drum up publicity strictly to court Chloe/Allison fans into watching.

Well of course not. But either they're featuring Chloe because she's just that important to the story, or because they specifically want to highlight whatever role she does play. Either way, through the writing or the marketing, they're trying to get the attention of viewers who are interested in Chloe and what she's doing. But I don't want to split hairs, truly.

I remember TPTB saying we would see more of Chloe in the second half. I don't remember them ever saying it would be at the expense of the focus on Clark.

I think one of the reasons that the OD's might be inaccurate is because they could be based on the network version of the script, which is not final. Or maybe the people who write them are on crack. :)

I thought it was notable that Al Septien seemed a little dismayed when he found out the Z thing had been spoiled. It's interesting to consider what the writers would consider too spoilery, versus the opinion of the people who actually decide what to tease in the OD's.
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