We reported a couple of weeks ago that The CW had ordered new seasons of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural but hadn't made up its mind about Smallville, but I guess they have: The network announced today that it has ordered a 10th season of the young Superman series.
Here's Entertainment Weekly's take on it:
The news hardly comes as a surprise given how well the show has been performing in its new Friday timeslot. As The CW points out, the drama has "dramatically improved" the network's performance on the night in all major demo categories, including adults 18-34 (up 67 percent) men 18-34 (up 200 percent), adults 18-49 (up 75 percent), men 18-49 (183 percent) and total viewers (74 percent).
The show has also bounced back creatively with some intriguing new storylines and the recent "Absolute Justice" TV movie, about the Justice Society of America.
The only question is: When will Clark finally become Superman? After all, it's been 10 years now and he's like, what, 40?
Are you glad Smallville's coming back? (Read the official announcement below.)
"SMALLVILLE" TO RETURN FOR A TENTH SEASON ON THE CW
March 4, 2010 (Burbank, California) ─ The CW Network has announced that its hit series "Smallville" will return in the fall of 2010 for a momentous tenth season.
"Smallville," a modern retelling of the Superman legend, stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent. The series moved to Friday nights this season, where it currently ranks as network television's #1 show in its time period among men 18-34 and men 18-49. Additionally, "Smallville" has dramatically improved The CW's ratings performance in its Friday 8:00-9:00p.m.time period by 67% among adults 18-34 (1.5/6), 200% in men 18-34 (1.8/7), 75% in adults 18-49 (1.4/5), 183% in men 18-49 (1.7/6) and 74% in total viewers (3.12million).
"Smallville" joins the five previously announced series - "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl," "90210," "Supernatural" and "America's Next Top Model" - which will all return for another season on The CW.
"Smallville" was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.