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Smallville: Spoilers from E!Online
E!Online's Kristin Dos Santos mentioned Smallville in this week's Spoiler Chat.

Heather: Any word on Michael Rosenbaum returning to Smallville?
I wish! But not as much as the producers and Tom Welling wish. That's what I'm hearing from sources—that Smallville producers have asked him to come back for the final season, but so far, Michael has not signed on. I'm told Tom himself also reached out to ask (beg?) him, but again, so far, no dice. Who's got a plane that can skywrite? Let's get creative, people! In other spoilery (and related!) news I'm told that Tess is a ******. Any guesses on which letters fill in those six blanks?

Veronica: Will Kristin Kreuk or Annette O'Toole return to Smallville?
I'm told there's nothing in the works right now on Kristin but Annette is likely to return. Tip: Don't forget to put gas in that skywriting plane before you take it out to skywrite all your Smallville casting pleas.

Beth in Hollywood, Calif.: Do you know anything more about Teri Hatcher's part of Smallville?
Have a box of Kleenex handy for this one, because Smallville bosses Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson tell us Teri Hatcher's role as Lois Lane's mom, Ella, is a major tearjerker. Apparently someone close to a crew member found out she was dying, so she "sat down and made these videos for her child. What we did with Ella Lane was pull that into the show because it was so heart wrenching," says Brian. "It came together beautifully," adds Kelly. "I just watched three takes and I had to stop for awhile because it was so heart wrenching. Teri just had an incredible performance, and it was beautiful."


It has to be that Tess is a Luthor, right? I've been wondering about that ever since they used Lex's DNA to heal her in Lazarus. Now the only question is, how? Another Lionel love child? Lillian clone? Lex's twin, separated at birth? :)

ETA: Michael Ausiello shared this in his final Ask Ausiello post:

Question: Do you have any extra clues you could shed about what exactly Tess “is” on Smallville? —Gage
You’ll get your answer on Nov. 12.


The episode on November 12 is Abandoned, the one where Tess and Clark visit an orphanage run by Granny Goodness.

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bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: October 26th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It has to be Luthor!!! I like twin, separated at birth! Sounds Smallville enough...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
She would make a magnificent Luthor! I would love it if this meant we were getting a Tess/Lionel scene when John Glover returns, but I suppose he might only be appearing in flashbacks.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait. I just realized that the episode with John Glover might be the alt Earth one, so anything is possible!
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: October 26th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I was also expecting it to turn out she's a Luthor.

Lex's twin, separated at birth?
Yes please.
Or Lex clone, but this one didn't turn out wrong in a way that he's aging too fast, but just turned out female. I just like the idea of Lex(Clone) doing both Ollie and Zod, and obviously having the hots for Clark and being unable to stay away. :D
Granted, Tess is awesome and able to stand on her own as a character, and I'd still love to see Michael come back and Tess turning out to be/becoming Mercy, and them coming to some kind of understanding and mutual respect and her going back to being loyal to him.
But as long as she gets an interesting storyline...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I just like the idea of Lex(Clone) doing both Ollie and Zod, and obviously having the hots for Clark and being unable to stay away.

LOL! I like the way you think! The good thing is that whatever they come up with, Cassidy will make the most of it. I'm just glad she's getting a storyline of her own, I hope it's a good one!

Wouldn't it be awesome to see Michael and Cassidy act together? There are so many reasons why I want Michael back, but that's one of the biggest ones.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 26th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just happy for no Lana.

Now, how do we hire a skywriter?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they pretty much closed the book on Lana with Homecoming. The watch Clark left behind at Jonathan's grave represented her, too, in my mind.

I'm so curious to know what the sticking point is for Michael, because he said he was open to the idea of returning. I figure it has to be the storyline. Unfortunately, I can see that being a problem.
serenography From: serenography Date: October 26th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Tess Luthor makes me all kinds of happy. I wonder if Lex knew all along about her and that's why he left her in charge?

I'm thinking it's less and less likely that Kristin will return, although I won't rule it out yet. It's just too easy for her since she lives right there in Vancouver. My fingers are still crossed for a cameo - even if it's just a shot of her in the distance. Yay for Annette being likely to return!

I think Michael is 50/50. After SDCC, I thought for sure that he'd never return, but now I'm not so sure... I can't believe he's not tempted.

Teri Hatcher is such a brilliant casting move. I can't wait for her appearance.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Tess Luthor makes me all kinds of happy.

Me, too! And I'm glad they waited until the last season to reveal it. Cassidy's Tess is so worthy of the Luthor name!

I can't help but think Kristin really doesn't want to come back. Having Clark bury his beloved watch at the cemetery felt like a final goodbye to Lana as well as Jonathan, but maybe I'm reading too much into it. I'd still like to see her come back without the suit, to give us the promise of a lifelong friendship with Clark. I don't think I'll ever be okay with the way Requiem ended. :(

I keep going back and forth with my hopes for Michael's return. I was sure he wouldn't after what James said to you at SDCC, then sure he would after what he said at Asylum. Now I don't know what to think. He's such a sentimental guy, I really thought he wouldn't be able to resist, but who knows what all the factors might be?

I don't think any casting from the world of Superman could top Teri's right now. Gene Hackman is the last one left on my personal wish list, but even he doesn't pack the emotional wallop of Teri playing Lois's mom. I'm interested to see how the CW promotes the episode.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 26th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am thrilled with the idea that Tess might be a Luthor. That just seems right to me. It's like the final puzzle piece falling into place. OF COURSE she's a Luthor. That explains so much! I really hope this is what happens!!! If for nothing else...Cassidy is worthy of playing a Luthor. I like that it gives her an elevated importance in the overall legacy of the show.

I would love to see Kristin back for a few brief moments if for no other reason than to see that Lana is happy and fulfilled and will have a good life. I long for the idea of the Clark/Lana friendship that they teased us with in the early says of the show. I literally want to cry when I watch the early seasons because there is so much potential there for such a beautiful friendship.

I really wanted Lana to have a happy ending. Unfortunately, there are comic writers (like Chuck Austin) who insist on writing her as a home wrecking shrew. And I hate that. I much prefer Lana was the sweet girl next door that will always stand by Clark as a friend. I really liked the way she was handled on the Animated Series, for example.

Plus, I think it's very sad that in the comics...Lana just never gets over him. Clark moves on and falls in love with Lois and poor Lana just pines and pines for a man who ultimately loves someone else and is never going to leave his wife for her. It's just very sad. I wanted to see something different on Smallville. I wanted to see Lana have a chance for a happy and fulfilled life and a beautiful friendship with Clark.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, too, think that Cassidy is equal to the task of giving us a suitably awesome Luthor, and so deserving of such a juicy storyline!

I'm not that familiar with Lana in the comics; I've only seen her in origin stories where she is Clark's first love and best friend. I wish Smallville had ended the romance between Clark and Lana long before S8, and that we could have seen their platonic friendship blossom and grow before KK left the show. I was especially dismayed that Lana's final five episodes were devoted to one last (doomed) attempt to rekindle that romance. I would have preferred a bittersweet goodbye steeped in wisdom and maturity, rather than the heartwrenching torture we saw in Requiem, that tore them apart for all time. I hate that TPTB took the coward's way out, and tried to have their cake and eat it, too.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I am only guessing. :)

We don't know much about Tess's childhood, only that it was abusive and devoid of love, and that she has had good reason not to trust men. I would rather that Tess isn't a clone, but I don't think that possibility rules out any particular timeline. Not all clones develop super fast, though that seems to be the norm on Smallville. And Tess being a clone might explain Lex feeling proprietary enough toward her to implant monitoring equipment in her head.

Smallville does play fast and loose with the DC mythology sometimes, and I know some people have been disappointed that Tess hasn't turned out to be more like Mercy. The show loves to put their "twist" on things, plus the way they see certain characters can change a lot over time.

I actually think the bond between Tess and Alexander works as mother/son or big sister/little brother, but I did find myself trying to remember exactly what had been implied about Tess's relationship with Lex. I don't think they ever really spelled it out.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll admit that after seeing the way Tess talked about Lex in the early part of S8, and to him when she looked in the mirror after finding out about the technology inside her, it wouldn't have surprised me to find out that they had been involved, if the show had decided to go that way.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Her past with Oliver rules out her being a clone; Lionel didn't even start the cloning stuff until the series' second season and Lex didn't 'perfect' it until S7.

I agree completely, but I don't trust the show to be as logical as you are. :)

I like your spec, and I could see Lionel considering a daughter to be relatively expendable next to his first-born son. It makes sense that Lex would keep her in the dark. Power is all about controlling the flow of information, and the spoilers have indicated this will be a life-changing revelation for Tess.

In the absence of a commitment to return from Michael, I wish they had forgone the whole Clone!Lex storyline and focused solely on Tess instead.
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