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'Smallville': The 10 Most Memorable Moments

by Mike Moody, posted May 13th 2011 12:00PM
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After ten seasons and hundreds of super, strange and shirtless moments, 'Smallville' is coming to an end. The two-hour series finale, featuring the highly anticipated return of Michael Rosenbaum as bald baddie Lex Luthor, airs tonight (8PM ET on The CW). Are you excited? 'Cause we're excited. Super excited! (Yeah, I went there).

We couldn't let Clark Kent's swan song pass us by without celebrating 'Smallville' one last time. So in honor of one of the longest running genre TV series ever, here's a list of our 10 most memorable 'Smallville' moments. Feel free to share your most memorable 'Smallville' moments in the comments section.

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'Smallville' Showrunners Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders Weigh In on the Series Finale

by Laura Prudom, posted May 13th 2011 9:00AM
Tom WellingIt's the end of an era. A decade-long journey reaches its conclusion tonight, and as one door closes on Clark Kent, farm boy, high schooler, "The Blur," another opens to reveal a much larger destiny: The birth of Superman.

To say that expectations are high would be an understatement, and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders seem well aware that they have a lot of fans to please with the 'Smallville' series finale.

While it's impossible to satisfy everyone, it's clear that no one involved in the creative process of producing 'Smallville' takes this ending lightly, and as emotional as tonight's episode may be, I believe it will also be a fitting climax for one of TV's most enduring genre shows.

AOL TV caught up with Souders and Peterson this week to discuss the challenges of writing such an eagerly anticipated finale, and what fans can expect from tonight's episode. Because I know that some fans are trying to avoid spoilers and others are desperate for clues, I've split the interview into two parts: spoiler-free at the top, and spoilers at the bottom -- so feel free to join us after the jump to preview the finale!

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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 21st 2011 3:00PM
breaking in michael rosenbaum Odette Annable['Breaking In' – 'Need For Speed']

OK, 'Breaking In,' it's time to bump Michael Rosenbaum up to full-time status, like now! The former 'Smallville' baddie stole the show from Christian Slater and Bret Harrison on this week's manic and fast-paced third episode.

Last week, I mentioned that my least favorite thing about 'Breaking In' was the blooming love triangle between Cameron, Melanie and Dutch, Rosenbaum's frosted tip-sporting douche knuckle. But I'll happily eat those words (mmm, words) if this ongoing will-they-or-won't-they plot will mean more screen time for Dutch.

Rosenbaum, who was credited as a guest star here, looks like he's having a blast playing the ultimate uberdouche. Slater momentarily nabbed the spotlight back with a few sly lines and his intense crazy guy stare, but the night clearly belonged to Rosenbaum. The guy nails his clueless character and the comic timing perfectly. He's so breezy and natural (in a role that could easily come across as grating) that it's easy to believe he's ad-libbing half his lines.

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'Smallville' Star Cassidy Freeman Talks Granny Goodness, Michael Rosenbaum and Tess's Journey

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 15th 2011 12:00PM
Cassidy FreemanAs the unpredictable Tess Mercer (aka Lutessa Lena Luthor), Cassidy Freeman has spent the past three seasons of 'Smallville' vacillating between villain and trusted Super-sidekick, acting as both CEO of LuthorCorp and the interim brains behind Watchtower in Chloe's absence.

Though her generally straight-laced character has a tendency to keep secrets, the effervescent Chicago native has none of Tess's cool reserve, and she was happy to drop a few hints about what's coming up for Ms. Mercer after 'Smallville' returns from hiatus tonight at 8PM ET on The CW.

Join us after the jump for Freeman's thoughts on meeting Tess's absentee half-brother, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) for the first time, her most memorable moments from filming the show, and the conclusion of Tess's story as 'Smallville' comes to an end. Spoilers ahead.

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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 14th 2011 8:00AM
Bret Harrison ['Breaking In' – ''Tis Better to Have Loved And Flossed']

'Breaking In' is definitely a B-level show. It's funny, fast-paced and even a little charming, but it's not nearly as sharp or as clever as it might think it is.

The comedy is all on the surface here. There's little to no depth buzzing beneath the show's endless stream of hit-and-miss jokes, fledgling catchphrases ("Tapping that grave!"), and ridiculously elaborate heist scenes. But that's not really a big problem...yet.

This week's amusing second episode kept up the lightning pace and aggressively wacky tone of last week's series premiere. I don't predict we'll see much change here in terms of format, writing or overall storytelling style, so it's pretty safe to say that 'Breaking In' will ride this steady, if uneven, wave for the rest of the season. So now's probably as good a time as any to decide if you're in or if you're out.

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Rosie O'Donnell Takes Over Oprah's Studio, 'Mad Men' Return Pushed to 2012 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 29th 2011 11:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah WinfreyRosie O'Donnell is taking over Oprah Winfrey's stomping grounds. O'Donnell will tape her new OWN daytime talk show on Winfrey's sound stage when the daytime queen ends her reign on May 25.

Yes, O'Donnell is heading to Chicago. "There is an enormous personal respect and value to that little bit of real estate to Oprah," Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think it's safe to say they have an excellent relationship."

O'Donnell made the announcement to Harpo staffers via video.

The new series will be less celebrity-driven than O'Donnell's previous daytime gig. Instead, the series will tackle real issues that affect everyday people.

In other TV news ...

'Mad Men' won't be on TV until early 2012. Contract negotiations between AMC and creator Matt Weiner have broken down, forcing the delay in premiere. [Deadline]

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will take on 'Vietnam' in a new documentary. 'Vietnam' will be between 10 and 12 hours and broadcast in 2016. [Deadline]

David O'Russell will guest star on 'Gossip Girl.' What will 'The 'Fighter' director be doing? Nobody knows ... yet. [Vulture]

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Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, Elizabeth Hurley to Play 'Wonder Woman' Villain and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, NBC Plans 'Law & Order' Crossover and MoreMark Harmon has been tapped to star in 'Prey,' a two-hour movie on USA Network. The 'NCIS' star will play Lucas Davenport, the deputy police chief of Minneapolis. The movie is based on the successful 'Prey' novels by John Sandford.

According to Deadline, the movie will be based on the 10th novel, 'Certain Prey.' Harmon's character goes up against a hitwoman who is determined to take him down. USA has acquired the rights to all 20 of Sandford's novels, but right now this is the only flick planned.

"Mark Harmon could read the phone book and we'd probably want to put it on the air!" Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA, said.

In other casting news ...

Angela Bassett will star in ABC's 'Identity.' Bassett will play Martha, the head of the FBI unit that combats identity-theft. The former 'ER' star was previously attached to 'One Police Plaza' at ABC. [Deadline]

'Six Feet Under' veteran Lauren Ambrose has booked the lead role in Fox's 'Weekends at Bellevue.' Ambrose will play the psychiatrist in charge of Bellevue's psych ward on the weekends. [TVLine]

New Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki will face off against a villain played by Brit actress Elizabeth Hurley. "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot 'Wonder Woman,'" Hurley tweeted. "I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." [Elizabeth Hurley Twitter]

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'Smallville'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 22nd 2011 3:30PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents on recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand-in-hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers about a character from the past returning for the series finale of 'Smallville.'

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Lex Luthor Returning For 'Smallville' Finale: Michael Rosenbaum 'Doing it For the Fans'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 14th 2011 8:10AM
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor'Smallville' fans rejoice! Lex Luthor is back!

Last week disappointed fans were coming to terms with news that Michael Rosenbaum wouldn't be returning as Lex Luthor for the series finale. Well, now it seems Rosenbaum was listening to the wailing and gnashing of teeth, as he's changed his mind. Was it our own Brad Trechak's 'Open Letter' that did it?

In an interview with TVLine.com, Rosenbaum confirmed that he's signed a deal to play Superman's archnemesis in the two-hour season finale. "I'm delighted to return for the series finale," he said. "I'm simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made 'Smallville' the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha."

Rosenbaum continued, "I can't wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he's destined to be."

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Why Michael Rosenbaum Should Return for the 'Smallville' Series Finale

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 11th 2011 7:00PM
Michael RosenbaumAn open letter to Michael Rosenbaum

Dear Mr. Rosenbaum,

Like so many 'Smallville' fans out there, I am quite sorry to hear that you lack the desire to return to the show for its series finale this May.

During the show's first seven seasons, as Lex Luthor, you provided an excellent counterpoint to Tom Welling's Clark Kent and created one of the deepest and most complex modern incarnations of the classic villain.

Granted, you have kept busy since your departure with your work in the DC Animated Universe as well as your television commitments such as 'Saved By Zeroes' and 'Breaking In.' But can you honestly say that either of those series have offered you a role as meaty as the bald-headed arch-nemesis of the biggest superhero icon in the world?

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TLC Renews 'My Strange Addiction,' Michael Rosenbaum Won't Be Back on 'Smallville' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 11th 2011 1:35PM
My Strange AddictionIt appears the car-crash fascination of watching people eat couch cushions and lightbulbs has weighed out over the ick factor.

According to Entertainment Weekly, TLC has renewed 'My Strange Addiction' for a second season. The show "tells the compelling stories of people who are battling obsessive behaviors on the verge of taking over their lives," according to TLC. Subjects who have been profiled in the first season range from an obsessive scab-picker to a woman addicted to eating toilet paper.

The season finale of 'My Strange Addiction' airs Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 9PM ET, and will follow a woman addicted to laxatives and another addicted to "eating pottery and cigarette ashes."

In other TV news ...

Sorry, 'Smallville' fans: Michael Rosenbaum has reportedly shot down any chance of returning for the series finale. "He has put the show behind him and moved on," said a source of the actor, who played Lex Luthor for seven seasons. There's still three episodes left to shoot, so he still has a little bit of time to change his mind. [EW]

Syfy is developing a series about Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle solving mysteries together in the 1920s. Wait, what?! The steampunk show is called 'Among the Spirits,' and Syfy President of Original Programming Mark Stern called it "a turn-of-the-century 'Fringe.'" [Deadline]

Nielsen could be close to perfecting a tracking system for commercials. The company could offer "brand-specific TV ratings for commercials" so companies can know how much of an impact their commercials have. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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'Smallville's' Lex Luthor is 'Saved By Zeroes'

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:29PM
Michael Rosenbaum and Jonathan SilvermanThe actor who formerly played Lex Luthor on television's 'Smallville,' Michael Rosenbaum, is set to star in a half-hour comedy series on Syfy about ... wait for it ... a former science fiction television star from a show with a cult following. It's a case of "art imitates life."

The project is called 'Saved By Zeroes' and also stars Jonathan Silverman, who hasn't been in any science fiction shows that I recall, unless you count 'Weekend at Bernie's II.' The premise is that the two co-stars blew all their money from the sci-fi show that made them famous and have to work conventions to make ends meet.

The premise sounds cute but is definitely an example of "channel drift" since it is only tangentially related to science fiction. Here's to hoping that Rosenbaum's new gig doesn't keep him from making at least one cameo as Lex Luthor during the series finale of 'Smallville' in 2021 (or whenever it ends).

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SyFy Hopes 'Saved By Zeroes' Is the One

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:30AM
For the last decade or more, the entertainment industry has been increasingly fueled by geek power, as films like 'The Dark Knight,' 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Avatar' have dominated the box office, and TV shows such as 'The Big Bang Theory' have celebrated geek power. Now, the latest hero of pop culture is about to emerge, in perhaps the least likely form of all: Lex Luthor.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, former 'Smallville' star Michael Rosenbaum, who played the sinister Luthor for seven seasons, will be headlining his new brainchild 'Saved By Zeroes' for SyFy. Slated to co-star Jonathan Silverman ('Weekend at Bernie's'), the half-hour comedy will follow the adventures of two former sci-fi TV stars who, after years of living high on the hog, are now down on their luck and work to get their lives back in order by appearing at fan conventions.

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Will Michael Rosenbaum return to Smallville?

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 2nd 2009 12:07PM
michael rosenbaum smallvilleClark Kent is sticking around for Smallville's upcoming ninth season, but will the show's original Lex Luthor ever return?

Sources are telling our friends at Airlock Alpha that the writers of Smallville want to bring Michael Rosenbaum back for season nine.

Rosenabuam left the show last May after seven seasons as the villainous Luthor. Rumors about the actor returning to the show have been floating around the Internet for months. This season, a stand-in whose voice and face were altered and hidden by a high tech-looking breathing mask – a la Darth Vader – appeared as Lex Luthor in a few episodes. The character apparently died in an explosion in the Feb. 5 episode "Requim," but that doesn't mean he won't reappear on the show, especially if Rosenbaum agrees to reprise the role.

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Top TV Stories of 2008: Star departures - VIDEOS

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 24th 2008 10:02AM
csi william peterson

William Peterson is out and Lawrence Fishburne is in. That's the plan, anyway, over at CSI central.

Peterson's decision to say goodbye to CSI was one of the big stories of 2008. The actor's onscreen phase-out started earlier this month with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston, but he's not really saying goodbye. Peterson will remain on the hit CBS show as an executive producer and will likely appear as a guest star in future episodes. His final ep airs January 15.

Since CSI is one of those ever-lasting franchises, like Law & Order, I wouldn't rule out a complete return for Peterson a few years from now. Maybe he'll spin-off another show. I'm sure fans wouldn't mind seeing CSI: The Gil Grissom Chronicles.

Me, I don't really care. I don't watch CSI (I guess I'm not that intrigued by forensic science). So let's talk about the 2008 TV star departures that meant something to me.

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