Re: "Recently the series has embraced the expansive DC Comics universe to stimulate its audience"
I'd say that's a pretty good description.
Sent: Sat, March 6, 2010 1:57:03 AM
Subject: [COMICBOOKUNIVERSE] 'Smallville' Soars Into Season 10
Like the Man of Steel, "Smallville" appears indestructible as The CW greenlights a 10th season.
As the longest-running comic book based series of all time, "Smallville" currently ranks as network television's top show in its time period among men 18-34 and men 18-49.
Since the series moved to Friday nights this season, it has improved the network's performance on the night in all major demographic categories, including adults 18-34 (up 67 percent), men 18-34 (up 200 percent), adults 18-49 (up 75 percent), men 18-49 (up 183 percent) and total viewers (3.12 million, up 74 percent).
"Smallville" stars Tom Welling in an "Elseworlds" -style retelling of the Superman legend. Recently the series has embraced the expansive DC Comics universe to stimulate its audience, adding famous heroes and villains on a regular basis, and bringing aboard DC Comics writer Geoff Johns to script high-profile episodes featuring the Legion of Super Heroes and the Justice Society of America.
The series was developed for television by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), who departed the show at the conclusion of Season 7. Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson now serve as executive producers.
Along with "Smallville, " The CW recently extended renewals to "The Vampire Diaries," "Supernatural, " "Gossip Girl," "90210" and "America's Next Top Model." No announcements have been made on the fates of "Life Unexpected," "One Tree Hill" and "Melrose Place."
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