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Smallville creators out!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 3rd 2008 11:18AM
SmallvilleTV Guide reports what could be Smallville's biggest shocker of the season: creators Al Gough and Miles Millar are departing the show at the end of this season! This is no April Fools joke!

As soon as I read this, I went to one of Smallville's most popular website, KryptonSite, and found the open letter both creators sent to announce their departure. "After much heartache and debate we have decided it is time for us to move on," they say in their letter.

The creators' letter doesn't explain why they decided to depart before the series ended (Smallville was renewed for an 8th season). Could it be because of some behind-the-scenes drama? They do say thanks to someone for always having their backs "when the knives were out." Could it be to tackle on other projects? Both worked on movies while on Smallville, their latest project being The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. We could speculate for days about the reasons why they left one of The CW's most popular show.

One thing the creators make clear in their letter is that they are thankful. Not only to the cast and crew but also the fans who supported them through the past seven years. "Finally, to the fans who have stuck with us through the highs and the lows: know this – we never stopped fighting to make this show great. Thanks for watching," they mention at the end of their letter. Right back at you Smallville creators, I'm thankful for the entertaining episodes you offered us.

So what does that mean for the series? Will the show be affected creatively? Who will take on the responsibilities that both had with the show? Questions without answers right now.

As a Smallville fan, Gough and Millar's departure is making me a bit uneasy. Next season will already feature less of Lex and less of Lana (I'm really happy about the latter though), so what will it be without the creative duo? Post your reactions below.

Update! TV Guide now reveals that "sources have since informed [us] that a pair of producing teams - Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, and Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer - have been named the new show runners/executive producers, leaving Smallville in the good hands of four longtime writers for the show."

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"No one's gonna read a comic strip about a strong man in tights Joe, it'll never fly."
"Fly no, but he can leap over tall buildings."

There's your props.

April 04 2008 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No props to Jerry Siegel or Joe Shuster?

For shame.

April 03 2008 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG best news ever. Maybe the last season won't be such a utter dissapointment.


April 03 2008 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully the new show runners will unwussify Clark, let him fly, and keep Lana in zombie mode like the last episode left off.

April 03 2008 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would love them make the jump to a new show called Metropolis. You can keep many of the same characters, but you have the freedom to open it even more to a more global perspective. More Justice League. Perry White as mentor instead of Ma and Pa Kent with a more big city attitude of what it takes to live in the city. The idea of a superman out there fighting crime even though Clark would rather remain out of the spotlight.

April 03 2008 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh thank god.

April 03 2008 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I haven't watched Smallville with any degree of regularity for a few seasons now because the Lana/Clark angst was just too much to bear. I never understood putting so much creative energy into that relationship, especially following high school, when everyone knows Clark ends up with Lois. And the continual "Lana in danger and Clark saves her" routine had become a gimmick-staple of the show. Maybe Gough and Miller leaving might be a good thing, don't know. But I think I may tune in again next season, see what's what. Maybe Clark will go to college and intern at the Daily Planet, and maybe he'll actually learn to fly. Could be cool!

April 03 2008 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This could be a good or bad thing, depending on who they're replaced with. For some reason it usually doesn't work out so well when creative staff get replaced on television shows, but it happens in other industries all the time. For instance, I think we're all thanking the heavens that Chris Nolan came along and replaced the previous Batman directors. Just last night I was watching the X-Men 2 special features dvd and saw that in one of the segments they were talking about the long line of artists, writers, and Marvel company chiefs who worked on the comic over the years. Some eras have not been as good as others, but overall the series has continued to grow and progress. That never seems to happen to tv shows. The people who were there from the beginning leave, and the quality seems to suffer almost immediately. But maybe they can make it through their (reportedly) final season without much of a dropoff. Not that these past couple of seasons have been top-notch.

Wow, I just talked about Batman and the X-Men in a Smallville article. If only I could find some way to work in Spider-man and Hulk I would be golden. hmmm. Fantastic Four. Iron Man. ...there.

April 03 2008 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I tried to watch Smallville but it was the same plot structure over and over in every episode. Am I wrong? It's been too long since I watched it but I remember it being the same setup every single time.

April 03 2008 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Riley Freeman

this better be the last season. im a big smallville fan but lets face it. nobody on that show looks even remotely close to the ages they try and play. i dont even think smallville should get a full season. give them like 11 episodes and as a chappelle show skit would say WRAP IT UP lol.

its time ill miss it and i loved it but its time. and he better start flying. i dont want to see him in any superman tights unless its a smallville movie but its time for him to fly. in the movies he was flying at the end of high schoool so they are definitely dragging their feet.

I think they are leaving because the cw probably wants to take to superman steps and they probably want to keep it back or they want to wrap it up and the cw wants to keep it going.

April 03 2008 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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