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5 DC Comics Characters That Could Be Awesome on the Small Screen

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:30PM
DeadmanLate last week, Deadline broke the news that Eric Kripke, creator of 'Supernatural,' was developing a small-screen adaptation of the comic book 'Deadman' for The CW, presumably to fill the Superman-sized gap left by 'Smallville' after the show wrapped its 10th and final season this May.

Over the course of the last decade, many successors to 'Smallville' have been mooted for the network (and its predecessor, The WB), from a rumored "young Batman" series to a failed 'Aquaman' pilot, the short-lived 'Birds of Prey' series and the more recent 'Raven,' which has seemingly stalled in development hell. Another iconic DC property, 'Wonder Woman,' just crashed and burned at NBC after the cheesetastic pilot stripped everything likable from the character, which further illustrates that name-recognition alone is not enough to sustain a show.

On the surface, 'Deadman' seems like a curious choice for a standalone series -- the character is little-known outside fan circles, and the storyline (murdered circus performer possesses others' bodies to bring his killers to justice, while helping those he inhabits to solve problems in their own lives) has already drawn inevitable comparisons to 'Quantum Leap'.

But a lack of brand awareness can sometimes be a blessing instead of a curse, allowing producers to forge their own path in shaping a character, rather than being married to fans' expectations as 'Smallville' was. In my mind, there are numerous other DC properties perfectly suited for a CW adaptation -- read on for my top five suggestions.

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TCA Report: CW Exec on the Future of 'One Tree Hill,' 'Supernatural' & Superhero Shows

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:30PM
SupernaturalNew CW president Mark Pedowitz came to the network's executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday morning in good spirits. Bringing three new scripted shows and the promise of three new reality offerings, The CW seems optimistic that this season will be their strongest yet.

Pedowitz was on hand to assuage the fears of 'Supernatural' fans, revealing that, despite internet rumblings and rumors, the network has "no plans" for Season 7 to be the last year of the spooky drama series, revealing that he and the rest of the network's brass hope the series "keeps on going" and that they'll be examining the show's future on a season-by-season basis, depending on how the ratings hold up.

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'Smallville' Actor Sam Jones Heading to Prison

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 23rd 2011 9:30AM
Sam JonesSam Jones III, known for his work on 'Smallville' and 'ER' has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in a drug ring.

TMZ is reporting that Jones plead guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 10,000 pills of Oxycodone, a painkiller, and was sentenced to 366 days in prison, even though the prosecutor wanted him to serve 5 years.

It is reported that before sentencing Jones pleaded with the judge to show mercy explaining that he had lost everything including his dog, car and his acting role in 'Blue Mountain State' due to the drugs charges.

The judge showed leniency and said he was cutting the actor a break due to his "minor" role in the drug deal.

E! Online is reporting that in addition to the jail term, the judge has ordered that Jones to serve three years supervised probation once he's released from a jail.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'HIMYM,' 'Chuck,' 'Smallville,' 'Good Wife' and Upfronts

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 18th 2011 3:00PM
It's been a busy week in TV land, so it may not surprise you to learn that we recorded two, count 'em, two Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcasts on Tuesday.

In the first one, Ryan McGee and I take on the season finales for 'Chuck' (which I wrote about here), 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Good Wife' (which I wrote about here). We also discussed the series finale of 'Smallville.'

In the second podcast, we discussed some good and bad trends emerging from Upfronts Week, which is when the broadcast networks announce what they'll be airing in the fall and offer clips from many of their new shows.

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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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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Dexter,' 'True Blood,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 6th 2011 7:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Dexter,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Psych,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Smallville,' 'True Blood' and 'White Collar.'

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 19 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 1st 2011 3:30PM
smallville dominion['Smallville' – 'Dominion']

'Dominion,' like some of the most memorable episodes of 'Smallville,' was a mixed bag of geeky fun, melodramatic nonsense, and silly ideas stolen from other, better TV shows and movies.

But, unfortunately for first-time director Justin Hartley (aka Oliver Queen), this week's episode was more clumsy and over-the-top than it was memorable.

Sure, there were important bits about Oliver and his spooky connection to Darkseid, and about how Lois will stand by Clark through anything, but 'Dominion' was mostly chock full of cheese. It felt like the meaty bits were few and far between or piled on at the end, making things feel pretty uneven

But, hey, at least we got to see Callum Blue return to gnaw the scenery as the ever-sniveling Kryptonian baddie, Zod.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 18 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 23rd 2011 12:40PM
smallville booster recap['Smallville' – 'Booster']

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Superdouche!

This week's fun and extra-goofy episode of 'Smallville' brought another C-list comic book superhero to the small screen – the shallow and swaggering Booster Gold.

Fans of the show may not have been clamoring to see "Booster Boy" come to shining life as he did here, but the gloated guardian's guest spot proved oddly appropriate as the show nears its end and Clark Kent steps closer to becoming Superman.

This was another episode penned by Geoff Johns, the acclaimed comic book scribe behind two of the series' most memorable outings (Season 8's 'Legion' and last year's 'Absolute Justice'). Johns' episodes are a special treat for both 'Smallville' fans and fans of DC Comics lore. The man has a knack for transporting comic book heroes to TV with most of their quirks, personality and integrity intact. Johns also loves lacing his 'Smallville' scripts with sly comic book references that, surprisingly, tend to add to the story instead of merely calling attention to themselves.

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'Smallville': A Peek At the Superman Suit

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 4:35PM
SmallvilleWith the final season of 'Smallville' wrapping up and the "no tights, no flights" doctrine out the window, it was only time before the Superman suit officially made its way to the series.

In promo pics from 'Prophecy,' the penultimate episode of the series, Clark and Lois are seen with the suit in the Fortress.

The suit is definitely more 'Superman Returns' rather than 'Superman.' The "S" is smaller and the material looks sort of scaly.

'Smallville' executive producer Kelly Souders teased 'Prophecy' to our own Laura Prudom.

Besides the return of Kara, Souders said there's a "poignant takeaway" for Lois and Clark moment at the end of the episode.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 17 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 16th 2011 11:15PM
smallville kent['Smallville' - 'Kent']

'Smallville' is back! All hail Ultraman!

This week's episode, titled 'Kent,' was a worthy follow-up to last December's fun and twisted Earth-2 romp, 'Luthor.'

It's always a blast when Clark Luthor comes to town. These episodes give star Tom Welling a chance to cut loose a little and to unleash his inner Nicholas Cage by playing the malevolent and dangerous Ultraman.

Clark Luthor felt a little more restrained here than he did when we last saw him. I guess it's hard to keep acting like an entitled and self-important superdouche when everyone in the world is trying to kill you.

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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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