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Another great character returns to Smallville!
Ausiello reports that John Glover is returning to Smallville! I don't know how they're going to pull off another dead character coming back, but I don't really care. JG is awesome.

Exclusive: 'Smallville' resurrects Lionel Luthor!
AUG 20 2010 12:05 PM ET
by Michael Ausiello

This may be the closest thing to a Michael Rosenbaum comeback we get, so enjoy it people: John Glover has signed on to reprise his role as Lex’s late pa, Lionel, for multiple episodes during Smallville‘s 10th and final season, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Glover last graced the Smallville canvas at the end of season 7 when Lex pushed his father out a window to his death. (He appeared briefly in season 8 via archival footage.) The actor is booked for at least two episodes, both of which are expected to air in November.

Glover joins a growing list of Smallville alums rejoining the show in its final season. That list includes John Schneider (Pa Kent), Laura Vandervoort (Supergirl), James Marsters (Brainiac), and Michael Shanks (Hawkman).

Thoughts? Theories as to how Lionel will be brought back from the dead? Still holding out hope for a father/son reunion before The End? Hit the comments!


Other Smallville news from Twitter:

According to writer Al Septien, Smallville is shooting 2nd unit footage for episode 1x04, Homecoming, and 1st unit for 1x05, Isis, today. Stunts are sometimes shot by 2nd unit and directed by the stunt coordinator, so this helicopter scene could conceivably be for either episode. Al also confirmed that General Lane and Lucy will return in 1x07, Ambush, which will film next (out of order, to accommodate Michael Ironside's schedule).

ETA: Damian Holbrook from TV Guide is in Vancouver visiting Smallville today! Check out his Twitter at @DamianLovesTV for tweets and pics from the set! He teased us with this tweet a couple of hours after the helicopter pics above were posted. Could he be referring to the same scene?

And I love this little tidbit from the friend of someone who was an extra in Homecoming. :)

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ladygawain From: ladygawain Date: August 20th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why is it so sexy that Tom's a potty mouth? Is there something dangerously wrong with me? Lovely picture, by the way.

I love how you warn us that it's not Michael in every cut, LOL.

I'm still trying to figure out what we're to do with all these dead characters coming back. But I'll do anything to have John Glover on my TV screen, so happy days :) And a helicopter sequence? Snow? Smallville High? It seems they're shooting some crazy-epic scenes just for Homecoming, and it seems it'll only get better. I can't stop smiling and wishing it was September 24th!

I do hope they'll have enough time, in five episodes, to close out Chloe's storyline in a fun, respectful, interesting way. I'm also glad that Allison just up and said it.

Thanks for compiling all of this!

Edited at 2010-08-20 07:00 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're definitely not the only who thinks Tom's potty mouth is sexy. :)

Ausiello teased the John Glover story by tweeting, "Exclusive: Look who's returning to SMALLVILLE! (Hint: His characters' initials are LL)" That's just mean.

Everything we've heard about from the set sounds amazing to me. They truly are pulling out all the stops for the final season!

I really respect AM for putting a number on it. Maybe TPTB really didn't know how many episodes she would be in, and were hoping for more, but to me it felt more like they just didn't want to give the Chloe fans the bad news.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: August 20th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the picture of Tom you choose after the tweet saying he's a potty mouth. So adorable!

I'm getting the impression that WB may have ponied up with the cash for the final season. If they did, then good for them.

I'm happy to see John Glover again. I just don't know what I'm supposed to think with all these characters returning from the dead.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that Tom has a naughty side that he keeps so well hidden in public. :)

It really does seem like they must have given the show a budget boost to go out with a bang. Location shoots and big stunts have been almost unheard of in recent years, and I imagine some of these returning guest stars are expensive. It's exciting!

I don't know what to think of the dead characters either. Flashbacks, dream sequences, and AUs are best when used sparingly, but both JS and JG are booked for multiple episodes. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing them both.
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: August 20th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I approve of all of this! :D

Ha ha, oh Welling, you must be an experience live!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Each new spoiler is more good news! \o/

How I would love to see the unguarded Tom. *imagines*
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: August 20th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You realize that you're going to send us all apeshit when you post about a character returning and don't specify that "No, it's not Michael" in the cut-tag?

Your choice of picture to follow the tidbit about Tom having a foul mouth is classic. He looks like such an innocent little boy in that picture!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I have thought about what I'll do if Michael agrees to return. Maybe I'll forgo the cut altogether if it happens. :) The news would be too big to contain anyway; people would be shouting it from the rooftops!

Tom does look innocent there, doesn't he? But there is just a hint of mischief in those pretty green eyes and that gorgeous smile. ;)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
After the way Chloe was portrayed last season, I won't mourn her absence from the show. I don't enjoy the hostility that characterizes her scenes with Clark these days, and I don't care about her romance with Ollie. I'll miss Allison, though, and the Chloe who was Clark's BFF.

The helicopter is so cool! Seeing "Daily Planet" blazoned across the side of it gave me chills! I can't wait to see that scene play out on my TV screen.

I'm excited for JG to return; whatever storyline they give him, he'll make the most of it. It doesn't sound like either KK or MR wants to come back, unfortunately.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: August 20th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cannot wait until Sept. 24. I'm glad MB is coming back, although I have no clue how they're going to pull it off.

Love the last Tom pic with the shit eating grin. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
However they bring Lionel back, JG will make it awesome!

I think Tom ruled SDCC this year. He looked like he was having a blast.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: August 20th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find swearing!Tom incredible sexy. lol And that pic is gorgeous!

Thanks for all the info! I'll make my usual comment: I hope all those returning characters add to Clark's storyline and don't detract from it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find swearing!Tom incredible sexy.

Me, too! And it's especially intriguing to hear about because that's a side of him we never get to see.

I hope all those returning characters add to Clark's storyline and don't detract from it.

I think that's a concern all Clark fans share. I want TPTB to use the Clark focus we saw in Salvation as their template for S10.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: August 20th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the juxtaposition of the pic after that last tweet. I see what you did there. ;-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see what you did there.

I did hunt for the perfect pic to go with that tweet! :D
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 20th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, as always Tom being a naughty boy is very sexy (and so is that pic.)

Unless the Lionel that died is a clone (groan) or the Lionel that appears is a clone....maybe this is flashback Lionel? Or would they have JG shave his head and play years-in-the-future!Lex - how nuts would that be?

Edited at 2010-08-20 11:13 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
And James was there! Maybe he'll have new Tom stories to tell in Chicago this weekend!

I am always in awe of your imagination, it's obvious you're a born storyteller. I wouldn't put anything past the Smallville writers, but you're kind of scaring me. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 22nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm seeing James at SFX next weekend - hoping for a Tom or Michael story!

I can just imagine the SV writers thinking "if we have Glover play Lex 30 years in the future, fans will totally accpet it!"
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 22nd, 2010 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
You're going to SFX? How fun! Anyone else in particular you're looking forward to seeing? Are you going to JM's concert? A friend shared his two CDs with me, and I like his music. It's funny, I don't know all of his songs backwards and forwards like I do my favorites, but whenever one comes up on my iPod, I find myself liking it enough to stop and look to see who it is. :)

Unfortunately, I can imagine the exact same thing!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 22nd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
James is quite an entrepreneur at Cons - in addition to his concert, he's also hosting fan breakfasts! I'm not doing any of the "extras", but will go to his panel and perhaps bring a SV pic for an autograph (hopefully prompting a story!)

Peter Facinelli and Joan Collins (!) have recently dropped out of the Con & been replaced by Ryan Robbins. I didn't know who that was but checked his CV - he was Lex's island hallucination in "Exile"! So I will definitely check him out & try and ask about working with Michael. I may be the only person attending who thinks RR is a good swap for Peter & Joan!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 23rd, 2010 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your plan for James. I hope he shares a Tom tidbit!

RR and Michael spent all their time filming together nearly naked. There have to be some good stories! :)
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: August 21st, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have to agree, potty mouth Tom is sexy!!

Ausiello is mean! I am not sure what to think about all of the returning characters, even if I am thrilled to see John Glover back on my tv.

There was another tweet today about a speedboat on set...what is going on in Smallville??

I am also glad that Allison confirmed her episode count. I thought it might be a little higher than that but it isn't the episode count that is important, more of how they finish out Chloe's story line and that it doesn't take away from Clark's story or come at a cost to his character.

It does look like TPTB are pulling out all of the stops for this season. Hurry up September 24th!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 21st, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is why Tom needs an R-rated film in his future! :)

They've already confirmed so many returning alums, how can they possibly top themselves in the back half? I'll keep my fingers crossed for Lex, Martha, and Perry!

I saw that tweet about the speedboat. What next?

I do hope they give Chloe an ending that does the character justice, and that is about more than her romance with Oliver Queen. It would have been awful if the way Clark and Chloe parted ways in Salvation was the last we ever saw of them together.

Every time I think I couldn't be more excited for S10, another spoiler comes out that's even better than the last. I'm counting the days until the premiere!
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