Who would have guessed that SMALLVILLE would have survived 10 years and two networks to live on as the longest running Superman-inspired series on television.

From the inspired storytelling that took a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and chronicled his formative years before he became Superman, the series has taken many twists and turns, while also telling its own revisionist history of Kryptonians favorite son.

As they get closer to the Season 10 series finale, executive producers Brian Wayne Peterson and Kelly Souders spoke with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about where SMALLVILLE is going (without getting too spoilery in the process).


James Marsters and Tom Welling in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Homecoming" | ©2010 The CW

ASSIGNMENT X: I was under the impression from interviews last year that Zod was intended as a two-year arc?

: Callum [Blue] had a two year contract, but even though we had loved Callum, we felt we had really run the character’s arc out. The exciting news is, we have hopes of having one great Zod episode. Nothing in stone, but we’re hopeful for this year.

KELLY SOUDERS: We know what it’s going to be.

AX: I think the great thing about this season, is officially knowing the show will be over so you can use the entire season to wrap things out.

SOUDERS: A lot of people say, “you have your last season, you don’t have to worry about a pick-up and all the pressure is off …”

PETERSON: We’ve never felt more pressure in our lives.

SOUDERS: After being fans of the show for a decade, we wanted to end this on the highest note possible. I would say we’re running harder and this whole writing staff is running harder than they’ve ever run before.

AX: Did you know you wanted to bring John Schneider back last season, or was it something that happened when you realized Season 10 would be the last season?

PETERSON: We always have known, because the show has gone on for so long, and it really has roots that go back further than a lot of the storylines we’re playing out. So we wanted to end it by bringing back a few of the faces and people who were instrumental in the development of the show.

SOUDERS: We’ve been wanting to bring him back for awhile.

AX: Will John appear in more episodes?

PETERSON: He will reappear a couple more times this season.


John Schneider and Tom Welling in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Lazarus" | ©2010 The CW

AX: What do you think Jonathan Kent’s appearance adds to the show in the final season.

SOUDERS: It’s really to root Clark. Clark has been through a lot, and a lot has changed since the beginning of SMALLVILLE. When we went into this season, the fans of the first nine years will get everything they want out of the tenth season and everything we want out of the tenth season. We wanted to go back to some of the basic aspects of SMALLVILLE and in Clark Kent’s life and there’s nobody that exemplifies that more than Jonathan Kent.

AX: Oliver and Chloe – how does that play out?

SOUDERS: Allison [Mack] was in the premiere and she’ll be back mid-season for a few episodes, and after that, we’re not sure, schedule permitting.

PETERSON: Their relationship in one way or another plays out all season long.

AX: It has to be so tough for you, when you have actors who are partially available for this final season.

PETERSON: We’re just thrilled that Allison was committed enough to do it this year, and she really wanted to send her character off in the best way possible and she worked with us to do that in the best way possible.

AX: Is Lana Lang’s story done? Would you or could you bring her back?

SOUDERS: This season is a lot about Clark confronting the ghosts of his past, and I think he has something to learn from everybody. We’ve never had any problem, when we looked back at these nine seasons, and tried to bring something out of it we’ve seen before, but figured out a new twist. And what part of that impact on Clark’s life hasn’t been resolved yet. I can’t think of anybody who has been on the show where we wouldn’t have a clear idea of what their story is.

AX: You have to have Michael Rosenbaum back as Lex before Season 10 is over. How do you convince him he has to be back by that last episode?

PETERSON: You know what, if it’s roses, we’ve done that. If it’s dinner, we’ve done that.

SOUDERS: We love him, and he’s such a talented actor and brought such life to Lex Luthor.

AX: Are you going to do a one hour or two hour finale?

PETERSON: It will be spectacular. We have some big hopes for it.


James Marsters and Tom Welling in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Homecoming" | ©2010 The CW

AX: Does that mean you’re going to have to save up your bank, to be able to do the big thing you want to do?

PETERSON: We have our piggy bank.

SOUDERS: We have been protecting that all along. We have wonderful co-horts at the studio.

AX: Obviously shows like LOST and THE SOPRANOS, they try to find unconventional ways to tell their ending  – do you have any surprises? Do you feel SMALLVILLE kind of has to end in a way that makes sense for the entire series or can you be meta and weird and do something strange too?

PETERSON: I think we succeed best when we do both. When we can pull off both, that’s when we’ve done our job. When we do something surprising and satisfying.

SOUDERS: We’re going to try to do it all.

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  1. I have to admit, this was a rather good interview. Usually all the interviews are full of nonsense couple questions.

    Well done!

  2. Boring interview. Souders and Peterson clueless. Especially Souders. For an alleged writer she really mangles her wording and comes off sounding idiotic most of the time.

  3. Thanks for the questions/topics about Clark Kent. Disappointed there is no question or mention of Lois Lane, my favorite character on Smallville. Anyway, thanks. :)

  4. All SV interviews suck. I’m convinced of it. If it’s not the couple questions, it’s the “will so-and-so be returning?” questions.

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  6. It was a decent interview. But I am rather surprised that you didn’t ask one question about Lois Lane. She’s the second most important person in the Superman story. So what? You could ask questions about Chloe and Oliver, Lana, Jonathan, Zod and Lex but you couldn’t be bothered to ask ONE question about Lois Lane? The second most important character in the Superman mythos? Yeah, that’s a fail.

  7. this is a old interview just that the interviewer posted now and not when he did it he asked about lana and last week we found out she won’t be back this interview was prop done before homecoming or larsars this interviewer is just trying to trick us and when brian was talking about lana he was prop talking about homecoming when clark was seeing her in his mind so i would not read to much in this interview.

  8. Nice interview, but I am extremely disappointed that not one single quesiton was asked about Clark and journalism, and Lois Lane. I mean, every other character had questions asked about them BUT her. Weird.

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  10. Too bad Kristin Kreuk rejected their invitation,LOL

  11. I best way to it is memories from season 1 to 10 and using “Lifehouse – everything” that is at the end of the finale. Nevertheless, I really don’t want the show to end because what good to see on Fridays!!!!

  12. Hey, A.C. FERRANTE / Editor in Chief = Where’s the Lois Lane love? I can’t believe I wasted my time here reading paragraph after paragraph of non-essential’s only to find NOT ONE Lois Lane blurp in the mix. Dude, what’s up with that?

  13. What is wired about not asking a Lois lane question?
    Can it be no one is interested..lol?
    I for one don’t care about Lois Lane..Can’t be bothered no questions were asked about her.She is uninteresting and boring!
    Chloe,Jonathan and Clark are very important to ask about..They are the 2 original characters of the show.
    When the show started it was Clark-Lana-Lex-Chloe-Jonathan-Martha and Lionel..
    Chloe Sullivan was and will always be the proto type Lois Lane..
    The show have lost too much fans.
    With Lex-Lana gone..It is sad that we don’t get to see them in the finale..Hopefully we will-Fingers crossed..
    Cannot wait for the 2nd part of S10..The 1st part was disappointing and stale.The ratings even failed with engagement of Clark and Lois..haaaaaa
    Now isn’t that wired..Well not so much..
    Lois and Clark is a failure to the show.
    When you drift from the original concept of the show.It is bound for Failure!
    It was a great interview..It is time to let Clark be the center of attention in S10..So damn fed up with the Lois Lane shit fest..
    Maybe if they kill her off..Now i would say..Hallelujah about time..get rid off that dead weight..

  14. The staff sat in roundtables at Comic-Con for SMALLVILLE where there were many Lois Lane questions and felt most of them had been answered either in that session or on other sites. This being a one-on-one, I wanted to focus on other things that weren’t discussed, especially with the small amount of time I had to chat with them. Hope that clarifies things.

  15. Who cares about Lois Lane? Isn’t it enough that the entire season is about her? We need spoilers about Superman NOT his girlfriend.

  16. @ozzy The new showrunner hate kristin and lana.

    • Is true. They are so in love and so obsessed with Lois Lane that they hate every character.. Is all about lois and the fake couple Clois!

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  18. lois lane comes 2 to clark in the comic book go and by one dumb ashes chloe who before smallville she did not have a name and before smallville is over she will be dead i pray and this is a fricken old interview dumb dumbs.

  19. Listen Jack..Maybe this i news to you but Chloe Sullvian/Allison Macj is and will always be the proto type Lois Lane Since day one on Smallville..
    There was no LL/Erica per say.
    That is why the show is called Smallville-Not SUPERMAN!
    If you want Old boring SUPERMAN go read a comic book..Rent old dvds of Superman Dean Cane and Terri Hatcher…
    I am glad that Smallville is different and ground breaking in crating character that are interesting and unique..
    No it is new news..I am so excited..That Chloe will be back.. she should be there..She is a big part of Smallville and is the heart of the show.
    The reason why Smallville has lost its spark is because Lois Lane and the pairing of Clark Kent is a failure.
    They have no chemistry.No warmth- Everything is forced and boring..S10 11 epis so far are just mind mumbling awful.I just watched the old S3..
    What a show it was..I don’t see why people should be complaining about Chloe returning for the 2nd part of S10..I say thank goodness for that…i suspect the Lois fans voicing there hate and disapproval..Well you know what LLane/clois fans suck it up..lol
    If Chloe wasn’t there for half the season and Clark still not remotely close to being Superman-Which is what you all want..I say..Whateverrrrrrrrrrrr
    I could care less if Clark flies or wears the suit..
    To me Clark is less Superman in S10 than he was in S1-8.
    Chloe/Am deserves the spotlight..She is awesome and legendary in every way!!

    • It’s “couldn’t care less” you idiot.

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  22. ‘Inspired story telling?’ They have to be kidding. This is the worst-written show ever. The writers have no clear idea about any character. They do complete 180s all the time. And Clark ‘learning something from everyone’? Clark? Learning? He learns something for one episode and forgets it the next.

    I hope Michael Rosenbaum continues to refuse to return to this mess. All they did was abuse his character the last few years, with the excuse that he was Lex Luthor, and therefore born evil, and so deserved everything he got. Meanwhile, Clark and the rest of the Kent Cabal were doing things at least as criminal and unethical and being called heroes for it. That hasn’t changed, by the way, what with Martha being the Red Queen, and Oliver committing cold blooded murder and Clark burning down entire building complexes. Revolting!

  23. Who care about Lois Lane? She is the most hate character and her fans are crazy peoples! Smallville never will have a great end with this fake couple called Clois. Thanks Brian and Kelly for leave my good memory of Clark and Lana in perfect way because there is no chance of Lois and Clark be a great or a iconic couple. Lois can be important in the comics, (after smallville many peoples doens’t like her in the comics too) but in smallville no matter if she has 70 years of story, she is fake, no chemistry, she not belong in smallville world!

  24. i beileve Jen have said everything that needed to be said(worship) by the way,this clark kent will always be as useless as lois lame(oops,my bad)i meant lois lane is.. i wouldn’t mind lois being the reason clark flys,as long as he take flight and never return with lois… peace out sv

    who cares
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  27. I love Mike Rosenbaum, but I will never forgive him for not returning for one/two measly episodes to CLOSE…not continue…but CLOSE the show. Sigh…

  28. Tom Welling and Erica Durance for play Superman and Lois on 2012’s “Man Of Steel”!!!

    And congratulations to Smallville Staff for the great job!!!

    Caio Loureiro
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