Smallville to Remain on the Air for a Long Time, CW President Says

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At this week's Television Critics Association summer press tour, CW President Dawn Ostroff held court.

She spoke on a number of topics, but we got most excited over her encouraging words regarding the future of Smallville.

Amidst rumors that this ninth season could be the show's last, Ostroff said:

“I hope it’s not... I think the producers have come up with some really good storylines this season. I think the show has a lot of life left in it. We have high hopes for it staying on the air for a while.”

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Regarding Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor for over 150 episodes, Ostroff said there were no immediate plans to bing him back; but the character's presence will continue to be felt.

“I wouldn’t rule out [him coming back],” she added. “But I don’t know if it’ll happen this season.”

One interesting, non-Smallville related note: Ostroff was asked about The CW's mid-season series, Life Unexpected, which has been receiving rave reviews from critics.

She described it as: “Juno meets Gilmore Girls.”

That's actually not a terrible description, but as one of those critics mentioned above, allow me to say: the show is fantastic. It will premiere in early 2010.

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Clark: I didn't know you were such a history buff.
Lex: I'm not. I'm just interested in people who ruled the world before they were thirty.

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