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Tom Welling Reveals Which of Superman's Powers He'd Like to Keep (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 17th 2011 1:00PM
Tom Welling just finished his run as Clark Kent/Superman on 'Smallville,' but there are parts of the role he'd like to take with him. On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Regis Philbin asked Welling which of Superman's powers Welling would personally like to have. Invincibility would certainly merit consideration, he said, but it might not be the most fun.

"At the same time, I think X-ray vision could be fun," he said, putting his hand on Philbin's shoulder and looking at Kelly Ripa, "especially right now." Ripa said it might not be as much fun as Welling might think. "You'd be like, 'Sir, why are you sitting in Kelly's chair?" she joked.

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Clark Finally Dons the Superman Costume in the 'Smallville' Series Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 12:32AM
'Smallville' - 'Finale'Fans of 'Smallville' (Fri., 8PM ET on The CW) have waited ten years for Clark Kent to don the classic blue-and-red costume. The creators had promised that their version of Clark would never fly, or wear the costume. But, perhaps when they said that they didn't expect the show to run for a decade.

Nevertheless, Clark finally got over his insecurities and learned to embrace both sides of his heritage. As such, Jor-El presented him with the classic Superman costume while Darkseid helped him realize his ability to fly.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 21 (Series Finale) Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 14th 2011 2:30PM
smallville finale['Smallville' – 'Finale']

'Smallville' ended its ten-season run with an alternately exciting and disappointing finale, which, if you think about it, suits the series perfectly.

The show has always offered a consistent mix of the inspiring and the awful, even from the perspective of a Superman/comic book fan like me.

I loved seeing this story come to life on the tube, and, in some ways, this modern re-telling of Superman's early years was more thrilling and fun than almost any other Superman origin tale. But, at its heart, 'Smallville' was always a sappy teen soap loaded with clunky sci-fi/fantasy mythology elements.

The show carried on in that often clumsy, unsophisticated vein all the way to the end, but there's one thing 'Smallville' always got right – the depiction of Clark Kent as a beacon of light for all humanity.

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'Smallville': The 10 Most Memorable Moments

by Mike Moody, posted May 13th 2011 12:00PM
smallville series finale
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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'Smallville' E.P. Kelly Souders Weighs In on Weddings, Clark's Destiny & the Series Finale

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 8th 2011 1:00PM
Tom WellingFor 10 years, 'Smallville' has been a mainstay of the ever-evolving WB/CW schedule. Through cast, creative and even network changes, the show has stayed as strong as the iconic Man of Steel at its center, displaying near-Kryptonian resilience as lesser series bowed out around it.

But after a decade of watching mild-mannered alien-turned-farm boy-turned-reporter Clark Kent (Tom Welling) trying to change the world from his diminutive hometown, we've finally reached the home stretch. Superman casts a long shadow, and when the show returns from its final hiatus on April 15, we'll see Clark embrace his destiny like never before.

AOL TV caught up with 'Smallville' executive producer Kelly Souders who, along with producing partner Brian Peterson, is ushering in the end of a 'Super' era. We discussed the long-awaited return of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), what's in store for the show's most enduring couples and what fans can expect from the final episodes.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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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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Secrets from the 'Smallville' Set: Celebrating 200 Episodes

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 15th 2010 2:35PM
Tom WellingIt's been a long road, watching our mild-mannered Superboy stumbling towards his destiny as the Man of Steel that we all know and love, but after 10 years and 200 episodes, the pop cultural phenomenon known as 'Smallville' is finally reaching its zenith.

Although the last season obviously has its share of bittersweetness for those who have been involved with the project for a almost a decade, the cast and crew couldn't be more excited to share their final chapter with the fans who have brought them this far -- and tonight's episode, 'Homecoming,' is only the first in a series of satisfying payoffs that will eventually close the show in a spectacularly super fashion next May.

Last month, TV Squad and other outlets were invited up to Vancouver to tour the iconic 'Smallville' sets and interview the cast and crew at the show's milestone 200th episode party. See what they had to say about the climax of this beloved series, and get a preview of what you can expect in tonight's record-breaking episode.

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Our Six Favorite TV Actors-Turned-Directors (Plus More from Jensen Ackles' Directorial Debut)

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 14th 2010 6:45PM
Jensen Ackles directs 'Supernatural' episode 604This week's episode of 'Supernatural' marks a very special occasion for one of its stars, Jensen Ackles, the man behind badass demon hunter (and now, surprisingly adept family man) Dean Winchester.

After five years lighting up the screen alongside his co-star Jared Padalecki, episode 604 -- titled 'Weekend at Bobby's' -- will see Ackles step behind the camera for his directorial debut. (Check out our special look behind the scenes of the episode here.)

Ackles' turn behind the camera got us thinking about some of our other favorite TV stars who have recently hopped into the director's chair, so we've compiled a list of six awesome actors (aside from Ackles) who have taken the helm on their own shows in the past few years -- take a peek at our picks after the jump.

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Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka Cheer on 'Hellcats' - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 30th 2010 12:40AM
HellcatsNot content with just being the small screen's Superman, Tom Welling was on hand at the CW's TCA panel to promote 'Hellcats,' the new cheerleading show he's producing with Kevin Murphy.

Stars Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka were also in attendance on the panel, which was peppy as a pep squad with reporters talking all over each other to put their questions to the cast.

Some of the highlights are included below.

-- On the comparisons with 'Glee,' Murphy said "I'd never have the temerity to compete with 'Glee' in terms of razzle-dazzle. While the dancing is a huge component of the show, it exists with one foot in the world of the characters -- no-one will tune in for the awesome three minutes of dancing we'll provide without that."


More after the jump!

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The Red Queen on 'Smallville' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 9th 2010 9:45PM
The Red Queen on 'Smallville'The Red Queen is a member of a shadowy group called "Checkmate" -- a organization whose goal has been to unmask superheroes. Naturally, Checkmate is fairly bad news if you are Clark Kent (Tom Welling), one of the world's greatest heroes. But the question is: who is the mysterious Red Queen?

[Spoiler alert.]

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Zod Kills on 'Smallville' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 2nd 2010 10:50PM
Zod Kills on 'Smallville'The thing about being incredibly evil is that, well, it can sometimes backfire on you. That's what happens on 'Smallville' (Fri., 8PM ET on The CW). Supervillain Zod (Callum Blue) takes out his rage on the woman he's been having a relationship with. But what he doesn't realize is that she's carrying his child.

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'Smallville' - 'Sacrifice' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 1st 2010 10:30AM
'Smallville' - 'Sacrifice'
(S09E19)
With the season winding down, Zod really needs to get down to business if he wants to take down Clark and take over the world. That is what he wants, right? All shall kneel before Zod. I think I've heard that expression a time or two. In fact, I may have heard it a time or two too much, by now.

Maybe I'm getting impatient for these threading storylines to actually go someplace, but I found myself frustrated through most of tonight's episode. We got a good chunk of it with Tess and Chloe locked up in Watchtower together, because this is a generic 1980s action show ... or a comedy ... or really any cliche show you can think of.

The dialogue seemed a little off tonight, and I could have really done without Tess giving all these weird looks to everyone through most of the episode. I found myself hoping Chloe would open the door and keep walking. You know what I mean.

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'Smallville' - 'Charade' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:33PM
(S09E18) With only four episodes remaining in the season, this felt like an episode that should have come a little earlier. But, it is what it is. I liked the non-linear storytelling aspect of it and almost wish they did an even less linear version of the story to keep it interesting. Now that it's very mature, 'Smallville' as a show is taking more chances.

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'Smallville' - 'Upgrade' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 17th 2010 2:01AM
'Smallville' - 'Upgrade'
(S09E17) Five episodes left in this ninth season, so General Zod needs to start putting together whatever his endgame plan is going to be. Steps were definitely taken toward that this week, but first we got the return of one of Superman's deadliest foes: Metallo.

It's always nice to see Brian Austin Green, and he's actually quite effective in this role. I was a little disappointed in how quickly they were able to re-establish his character in whatever way they needed him for this week, but I'll forgive it because it was so much fun seeing almost everyone else turned on their ears.

Checkmate and The Wall took a break from intimidating everyone and pushing Tess around, which freed Tess up to make an unexpected alliance. Also missing from the fun was Green Arrow, but there was plenty of action without them.

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