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CW confirms ‘Smallville’s’ final season

May 19, 2010

Show to end run after ten years

The CW has confirmed that “Smallville’s” upcoming tenth season will be its last.

“Smallville” star Tom Welling revealed the news this morning.

News isn’t a huge surprise, as the show is aging, and an end date appeared to be in the works for some time. “Smallville” appeared ready fly from the airwaves after this season — but the show performed well enough to earn a 10th season renewal back in March. Show had been tops in its timeslot with hard-to-reach men 18-34 and men 18-49.

For Welling, the word that “Smallville” will officially wrap next year comes as he’s also celebrating a new project at the CW: The drama “Hellcats,” which his shingle produces.

“Smallville” first aired in October 2001 on the WB, and made the transition to the CW in 2006 when that new netlet launched.

“Smallville” was developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson are executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

After nine seasons, “Smallville” has produced 195 episodes.

Announcement will allow the CW to prep a final marketing push to send the show out. Once “Smallville” departs, “Supernatural” and “One Tree Hill” will rep the final two shows on the CW left over from the WB days.

Besides “Smallville,” See-Dub has already picked up “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl,” “90210,” “Supernatural,” “One Tree Hil,” Life Unexpected” and “America’s Next Top Model” for another season. New shows include “Nikita” and “Hellcats.”

The CW will announce its schedule Thursday at Madison Square Garden.


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