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I'm late with all this stuff! I picked a bad morning to be away from the computer! :)

Allison Mack recently spoke to PopWrap for the New York Post about the play she's currently in and what lies ahead for her, on Smallville and beyond. Here is what she had to say about Chloe:

PopWrap: I would imagine that after nine seasons, it's pretty easy to slip into Chloe's skin though.
Allison: Uh yea, Chloe feels very familiar by this point. Although, she’s very different than I am – I put on my high heels, my tight pants, they do my hair and it feels very different. It’s quite a different experience being her than being me.

PW: Does preparing to play her for the final time feel different?
Allison: Yea. I think that I have a much deeper appreciation for what I have with that character and that show. Just the privilege it’s been to play her. It’s like the Joni Mitchell song, “you don’t know what you have till it’s gone.” Because ["Smallville' is] winding down, I’m able to really evaluate the life she has led, which has been a real honor.

PW: What's important to you in the way Chloe's story is wrapped up?
Allison: Just that she maintains her integrity. That she really upholds what is important to her and doesn’t sacrifice anyone. I spent a lot of time playing a character who gives up a lot of the things that are most important to her, for the sake of other people. I think she’s finally reached a point in her own maturation process where she doesn’t do that anymore. I hope the writers maintain that standard as we end her run.

PW: Do you know how many episodes you'll be back for?
Allison: I’ll be back for five total episodes.

PW: I heard that the incredibly loyal fans were one of the reasons you decided to return. True?
Allison: Definitely. They were the reason I decided to come back. I was very much ready to move on, and not because I was unhappy with the show or that anything bad happened, I was just very much ready to enter a new phase of my life. But I realized as we came towards the end of the season that my character wasn’t getting a completion. I didn’t feel comfortable walking away from the show, and my character, without a completion. So I committed to doing five episodes to giving her the ending I think she deserves. I do think there’s a relationship between my character and the people who’ve watched the show for so many years. I want to honor them, her and myself.

Read the entire interview HERE.

William Keck from TV Guide gives us a sneak peek at Kara's return to Smallville, including a pic of Laura Vandervoort in a dark wig and glasses. I have to admit, my first reaction is one of dismay, but I'm trying to have an open mind and wait to see how it plays out onscreen before I judge.

Keck's Exclusives: Smallville Suits Up Supergirl!
Aug 23, 2010 11:37 AM ET
by William Keck

Smallville offers an exciting glimpse of what's to come for Clark Kent in the show's final season with the October 8 return of V's Laura Vandervoort as Clark's cousin Kara, who has been MIA for almost two years. "Kara returns in a very heroic way," Laura tells me. "When I found out this could be my last episode, I thought it would be great to see a quick glimpse of her in the uniform before she takes off." Lucky Laura's getting her wish!

"You really see her as Supergirl," says exec producer Kelly Souders. "Not the whole outfit, but her wardrobe will have evolved even a little more than Clark's. She's less Kara and way more Supergirl." Watch for Kara to don her new look for a photo shoot after she becomes a media darling following a heroic save that reveals her flying capabilities to the world. To protect her superhero identity, "You'll see Kara in the [brunette] wig and glasses [as] a bit of an homage to her other identity from the comics, Linda Lee Danvers," Laura says.

Might Clark be inspired to further define his own blurred personas? Souders hints, "Kara has a lot of input down the road in Clark's transformation into Superman."


TV Guide has also posted a BTS video about the making of Absolute Justice (a special feature from the upcoming S9 DVD set), with glimpses of Tom directing! Watch it HERE.

Fandoms collide! Erica Cerra, who plays Jo on Eureka, has verified via Twitter that she will be guest starring on Smallville. Thanks to @OfficialThad, who first broke the news that she would appear in 10x5, Isis.

In scheduling news, Smallville will not air in the final two weeks before the S10 premiere. According to the Futon Critic, that time slot will be reserved for repeat showings of Hellcats, Tom's new show that debuts next Wednesday, September 8, at 9PM. Supernatural will be similarly preempted by Nikita.


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tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh boy, essentially ALL of this sounds so terrible. Another humiliation for Clark. I am really mad right now... :(((

At least the glimpse of Tom directing makes me happier. But then I get mad again because anyone is interviewed about directing (AM, now GW) but Tom.

Sometimes I think Tom is way too modest: he lets both Clark and himself get the backseat instead of demanding the standing both deserve... :(
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I was so mad about the Supergirl stuff that I forgot about AM. I think 5 episodes is enough for her. And what I read between the lines sounds again like some girlie emancipation stuff going on. After all, nobody asked Chloe to scrifice anything...

Anyway, nothing makes me excited about S10 so far... :(

Sorry for my whining today! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't apologize, I always want you to feel free to express what you're feeling here! Besides, I totally understand, I'm upset, too.

I think five episodes sounds perfect. I just hope they give Chloe a better exit than they did Lana.

I am still excited for S10, and I'm trying to cling to a shred of hope that it's not as bad as it sounds, but right now I'm not feeling very optimistic.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I think Tom is way too modest: he lets both Clark and himself get the backseat instead of demanding the standing both deserve...

That's an interesting perspective. I do find myself asking today, does no one speak up for Clark? I can't even seem to get angry, what I feel is more like despair. :(
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
So... Clark will not have a single idea of his own. He will merely copy whatever Supergil does, from the outfit to the different hairdo and glasses, not to mention his nickname. They are going to diminish Clark and to cheapen his final steps to becoming Superman for... what exactly? For having Supergirl in one more episode and thus be able to glorify her at the expense of the hero of the show? It seems that even Superman's wonderful first revelation to the world is going to be a mere repetition of what his cousin does first. Apparently we've waited almost ten years to finally be deprived of everything we've eagerly waited for.

I could rant endlessly but there's no point, not anymore. As far as I'm concerned, SV cannot end soon enough. There's no show I loved more and no show has ever disappointed me so much. I can't even be excited for the final season. What a terrible let down!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Carol, you've just articulated all my own feelings about these spoilers. I feel sick just thinking about them. I'm hoping it will somehow play out differently than I fear, but I can't see how. What could they possibly be thinking?

I'm still looking forward to S10, and am determined to take from it what I can, and lock away the parts to which I cannot reconcile myself, just as I did with Lana's departure in S8. But I completely understand the betrayal you feel. Oh, what this show does to us sometimes!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oy. I love Laura and she looks cute in her disguise but this plot is a big heap of WRONG.

Very sweet of Allison to return to make her fans happy (and kinda tacitly acknowledge that her S9 arc sucked.) I hope her five episodes are good and Chloe doesn't go out the martyr/hero/Lana route. (I still vote for sending her into the future.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 23rd, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think so, too. *sigh* Is this because Laura is happy to wear a suit while Tom is not? Or just another example of them co-opting a Superman moment to glorify some other character, just because they think it would be fun? How sad is it that Clark seems to be lacking an advocate on a show that's supposed to be all about him?

I have a feeling we owe even more of Salvation's awesomeness to Beeman than I thought.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: August 23rd, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that should be . . . interesting?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
There have been many times in the past when episodes played out differently than the spoilers led me to believe. I'm trying to convince myself that I'm overreacting. :(
jeannev From: jeannev Date: August 24th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
And people scoffed at me when I was feeling down on what I'd heard about S10. Well, let me present the spoilers for Supergirl. What a big pile of suck.

I don't know why TIIC didn't just use the 22 eps they had last season to build to a fitting exit for Chloe. Going by what Allison says in this interview, she feels compelled to come back to tie up Chloe's story, but they should've tied it up last season. All I'll say is that we've seen what Souders/Peterson do when they have 5 eps to tie up a character. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
And people scoffed at me when I was feeling down on what I'd heard about S10. Well, let me present the spoilers for Supergirl. What a big pile of suck.

It sounds bad, and it's scary, because it seems as though they're undermining Clark at the most fundamental level. And all the awesome guest stars in the world aren't going make a bit of difference if the story fails.

I don't know why TIIC didn't just use the 22 eps they had last season to build to a fitting exit for Chloe.

I don't either. Because they refused to face the reality that Allison didn't want to come back, in spite of the fact that they gave her so little to do? Because they had no clue how to finish her story? Because they were afraid what would happen when the Chloe fans got the bad news?

Why did they lie about not knowing how many episodes she would be in during all those interviews at Comic-Con? It's the same crap they pulled all during S8 and S9 with Michael, constantly hinting that he was coming back when they had no agreement with him whatsoever. It's one thing to say you'd like to have someone back, and it's something else entirely to foster false hope. Kudos to AM for being honest with her fans.

As much as I'd like to see Clark and Chloe truly reconcile before she goes, I'm hoping that her exit storyline is all about Ollie. I don't trust the writers to do right by Clark.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: August 24th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem with Souders/Peterson as show runners is they are not media savvy in the slightest. I detested Al & Miles by the end of season 7 and was happy to see them leave, but you know what? They were more or less savvy enough to tell fans point blank - 9 times out of 10 - what was going to happen during a particular season. If someone wasn't going to show up, they would directly say the weren't. And, most of all? They were not afraid to kill off a character when they had to.

With Souders/Peterson however, they have to be the two most tone deaf people I've ever seen run a TV show, outside of Rick Berman who ran Star Trek for years - and ran it into the ground before Paramount took the franchise away from him and gave it over to JJ Abrams. I swear, every time Brian Peterson opens him mouth in an interview I just feel like hitting my head on my desk multiple times. And Kelly Sounders is no better.

I wouldn't say I'm excited about season 10, but there are things I'm really looking forward to, such as what I've heard regarding the episodes Shield, Homecoming, Harvest and Ambush. But Supergirl is just sounding more and more to be reinforcing my worst fears ever since I heard the title of the episode.

As for Chloe, frankly, they should have killed her off at the end of season 8. IMO they haven't known what to do with her character since season 5, and it was even more clear that they didn't know what to do with her in season 9. But Brian and Kelly had better stop with this "we're not writing her off" crap they were talking about at Comic Con and just give her character and ending already. If you're truly going to try and line this up with the mythos then explain why Chloe's not there, or line her up as best you can with her appearance in the Jimmy Olsen annual thing. But close her out for goodness sake and no trying to spin it that "oh, it could be more than 5 episode!" nonsense. Is that too much to ask?

Yeah, it probably is, isn't it? *eyeroll*

Edited at 2010-08-24 04:04 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 28th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The person i remember as being straightforward was Darren Swimmer. When he became a showrunner, he came right out and said, Chloe isn't Lois, Lois is Lois, and also said there would be no Chlark romance. Kelly and Brian try to be coy about everything, even the most inconsequential details. And I think they have misled the fans on multiple occasions. I find their interviews beyond frustrating to read.

I agree that they didn't know what to do with Chloe in S9. I always thought the best thing about Chloe was her unique and wonderful friendship with Clark, and they destroyed that in S8, IMO. I would prefer that her remaining episodes in S10 play out consecutively, with a resolution to her story that does justice to her pivotal role in Clark's life, but takes nothing away from him in order to glorify her as she exits.
serenography From: serenography Date: August 24th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Kelly and Brian, at it again with the "hints.." *eyeroll*
I swear, I'm finding it more and more disrespectful to the fans in general that they continue to string people along with their hints and teases. I give Allison so much credit for laying it on the line and not mincing words about the number of episodes she'll be in and her reasons for doing so.

I think Laura is a doll and I've looked forward to her reappearing and touching base with Clark again. But these spoilers are just so disheartening. Wth? Seriously, WTH?
It's almost as if they are trying to annoy the Clark fans. I'm going to hang on to hope that the episode comes off much better than the spoilers seem to reveal.

*squee!* at the little peek of Tom directing. Buff, indeed!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 28th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I give Allison so much credit for laying it on the line and not mincing words about the number of episodes she'll be in and her reasons for doing so.

I totally agree. Like Michael before her, she refuses to enable the games Kelly and Brian seem determined to play.

But these spoilers are just so disheartening.

That's the perfect word to describe how I feel. Do they not love Clark as you and I do? Because if not, they have no business running this show. Like you, I'm going to hope for the best until the episode airs.

And Tom looks AMAZING! *thud*
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 28th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Kara and Laura Vandervoort, and I want to be excited about her return.

Me. too! I know there have been times when my worst fears were realized (Requiem, I'm looking at you), but there have been many other times when they never came to pass. I would rather look forward to the episode now, happily anticipating Kara's return, and deal with disappointment if and when it becomes a reality.

So one of AM's five episodes is the premiere, right? That gives them four more to bring Chloe's story to a close. I don't expect that we'll ever see the old Chloe again, but I hope at least that the animosity that characterized her relationship with Clark last season is gone.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: August 24th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty horrified with the Supergirl spoilers as is everyone else. I keep telling myself it may not turn out as bad as it seems, but the spoilers seem so clear and to the point. Kara is getting a single episode visit and they are going to get her really close to Supergirl. Costume, secret identity and more like Supergirl than Kara...I can only hope that by episode 3 we seem some further strives for Clark. I also hope that after Kara comes out, she realizes she can't have a regular life and Clark is the one to help her create the secret identity.

As for AM, I think it's very nice of her to want to give her fans a proper send off. I think 5 episodes is more than enough and have found her character painful to watch over the last two seasons. I was always a Chloe fan, but have not liked the direction they have taken her and after Lana, I am scared to see where things could end. I want a simple ending where Chloe and Clark are still friends and Chloe finds happiness in her life elsewhere.

I have a feeling we owe even more of Salvation's awesomeness to Beeman than I thought.

I think you're right!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 28th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't sound good, does it? You make a good point, the progress Clark makes in the episodes before Supergirl could make all the difference in the world. My biggest fear is that when the rest of the season plays out, it will look like Clark is simply following in Kara's footsteps, instead of finding his own unique destiny.

I adore Chloe, and her friendship with Clark has always been one of my favorite things about Smallville. But that bond between them is gone now, and their scenes together make me mourn for what once was. My hopes for Chloe's exit mirror your own.
sunflowercyn10 From: sunflowercyn10 Date: August 26th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for compiling stuff again *hugs* I hadn't read the full popwrap article yet from AM. I like that she respects her fans and her character and that she spoke up about her episode count since the show's producers have been pretty sad at not letting fans know.

Supergirl stuff? My knee jerk reaction when I saw the tv guide pics and the blurb was the same as everyone else. But I took a deep breathe and thought it can't be as simple or bad as that 'cause they are dealing with the launch of Clark going from the Blur to actually being Superman. There has got to be more to it then Kara doing it all first and Clark just copying. So I'm going to wait until we see stills from episode and then see the actual episode and then freak out *grins*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 28th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It says a lot about AM that she respects her fans enough to be honest with them.

I hope you're right about Supergirl. I'm trying to embrace that optimism, and wait to see what happens when the episode airs. This is the last season of Smallville ever, and I really don't want to spend it wrapped in cynicism and dread.
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