Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 Spoilers: Healing the Relationships

Grey’s Anatomy Postmortem: What’s Next for the Seattle Grace Docs?

Ellen Pompeo

[Warning: This story includes major spoilers from the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy]

Oh, Meredith Grey, you have really screwed up this time.

In the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) decision to tamper with the Alzheimer’s clinical trial was put front and center, as her actions fractured her marriage with Derek (Patrick Dempsey). As Derek sought refuge at the unfinished McMansion, Meredith was left alone to care for newly adopted baby Zola. Fortunately, this may open the door for more dark and twisty Meredith!

What did you think of the season finale? Read our recap and sound off

“It will give her and Derek some interesting stuff to play [next season],” Sarah Drew tells TVGuide.com “They’ve been so happy for the last few seasons and there hasn’t been much drama between the two of them, and now this is a massive thing that’s come between them.”

Meredith will also have to deal with the fallout between her and Alex (Justin Chambers), who had revealed her misdeed to Owen (Kevin McKidd) in hopes it would pull her out of the running for Chief Resident. Unfortunately for Alex, he could not have foreseen that this would cause irrevocable damage to both their careers, as Owen elected April the Chief Resident in Alex’s place, and Meredith was suspended from the hospital.

“That’s going to be something the whole hospital will feel,” Drew continues. “There will be tension between the two of them, and the happy home of residents that Meredith created in her house is now kind of split and crumbling apart — and there’s going to be a baby crying in the background!”

Grey’s Anatomy‘s season finale: Meredith’s misdeed tears Seattle Grace apart

Meredith and Derek weren’t the only couple to reach an impasse. After Cristina (Sandra Oh) discovered she was pregnant, she decided to cut Owen out of the decision making and scheduled an abortion, prompting Owen to kick her out of the house. “I think there’s going to be a lot of movement towards healing and reparation,” Drew says of next season, “People really hurting each other and trying to get past it.”

As for the new hierarchy with April in charge, it’s one thing to be Chief Resident on paper and another to put the title into action. “I think she’s going to be amazing at creating protocols that work incredibly efficiently,” Drew says. “However, part of being Chief Resident is demanding respect so that people actually do what you say and follow the protocols you set in motion. The biggest thing for her is to really gain the respect of her peers.”

What do you hope to see next season?

Lisa Edelstein Leaving House

House Shocker: A ‘Disappointed’ Lisa Edelstein Calls It Quits

Michael Ausiello Michael Ausiello
Editor in Chief

House fandom, brace for impact: Dr. Cuddy is checking out.

Lisa Edelstein — whose long-term contract expires this month — has opted not to return for the show’s eighth and likely final season.

In a statement, the actress says, “After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead.”

Fox and NBC Universal declined to comment.

Back in March — when the future of House itself was up in the air — Edelstein told TVLine, “Nobody at work seems to think it won’t [return]. Everybody wants to come to a deal, and I certainly am looking forward to a Season 8.”

In an interview last week with BlogCritics.org, exec producer Katie Jacobs said she would “not rest” until Edelstein was on board for an eighth season. “Lisa is such a valuable member [of the cast],” she said. “I challenge any other actress on TV to do what she does seemingly effortlessly. She goes between drama, comedy, intelligence, sex appeal… It’s certainly not my plan or David’s plan or the creative team’s plan to not have Lisa in the show.”

There’s talk Edelstein was a victim of belt-tightening at the show. In the aforementioned interview, Jacobs acknowledged that, “For seven seasons we managed to avoid getting the phone call to make cuts in our budget. But now we’re getting that call.” Perhaps she rejected a low-ball offer — hence her disappointment?

Earlier this month, Edelstein’s costars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps inked new deals to return to the show. Hugh Laurie, Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson were already contracted for the recrently-greenlit Season 8, leaving Jesse Spencer as the only remaining question mark.

The news comes a week before the show’s current season — arguably Edelstein’s meatiest yet — comes to a close. It’s unclear if the finale sets the stage for a possible Cuddy departure, but that seems highly unlikely.

One Tree Hill Season 8 Spoilers!

ONE TREE HILL: Season eight will explore the delicate balance that contemporary twenty-somethings face as they endeavor to build and define what their lives will be, while overcoming difficulties and embracing the good things that they sometimes take for granted, shrouded in the pursuit of someday. It will be a celebration of the most important things, among them the quest for love, laughter, health, friends, career and family: timeless pursuits that have always mattered, and matter now, in a place called Tree Hill.

One Tree Hill‘s Robert Buckley: “Clay’s Had a Really Rough Year”

Source: TV Guide

Now that One Tree Hill has officially been renewed, fans must wonder: Will madly in love couple Clay (Robert Buckley) and Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) survive this season’s cliff-hanger finale?

After an otherwise happy season-ender, the show ended with stalker Katie (Amanda Schull) gunning Clay and Quinn down. But not to worry: Buckley told TVGuide.com he’s pretty confident he will be sticking around next year.

CW renews Tree Hill, Life Unexpected; Cancels Melrose; Picks up two series

“Now that I’m here, I would feel like a real idiot if Clay didn’t pull through,” Buckley said at the CW’s fall TV presentation Thursday. “Wouldn’t it be the cruelest prank if it ended up that I died in Act 1 of the first episode?”

So what can we expect from the sports agent next season? “I’m sure the ICU would probably be next, and getting out of the hospital would be good,” Buckley said.

From stalkers to crashes: Check out One Tree Hill‘s craziest moments

The 29-year-old also hopes for less drama for his character in Season 8. “I drowned, I had my entire career destroyed, I got shot — Clay’s had a really rough year,” Buckley said. “I’d like to see Clay get a little bit of a good start because that kid has baggage.”

ABC’s Season Finale Dates for the 2009-2010 Season

Wednesday, April 14
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty”

Friday, April 23
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”

Thursday, May 13:
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

Sunday, May 16:
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00-10:01 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Brothers & Sisters”

Monday, May 17:
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Castle”

Tuesday, May 18
10:02-11:00 p.m. “V”

Wednesday, May 19
8:30-9:00 p.m. “The Middle”
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30-10:01 p.m. “Cougar Town”

Thursday, May 20:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (Special Two-Hour Finale)

Sunday, May 23:
7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Lost Recap Special”
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Lost” (Special Two-Hour Finale on a Special Night)

Monday, May 24:
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (Performance Show)

Tuesday, May 25:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars The Results Show”

Thursday, May 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. “FlashForward”

Source: ABC

24 Season 8 Spoilers & Casting Scoop!

Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series’ eighth season. The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Season Eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings (Williamson, “Forrest Gump”). Cole Ortiz (Prinze Jr.), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Jack Bauer’s (Sutherland) footsteps, runs the division’s Field Operations. Expert data analyst Dana Walsh (Sackhoff, “Battlestar Galactica”) collaborates with systems analyst Arlo Glass (Boyd, “The Notorious Bettie Page”) inside CTU. Rob Weiss (Diamantopoulos, “The Starter Wife”) serves as President Allison Taylor’s (Cherry Jones) new chief of staff, and Meredith Reed (Westfeldt, “Grey’s Anatomy “) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation. As previously announced, Sutherland, Jones, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Annie Wersching also return. In addition, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) makes his American TV debut as Omar Hassan, a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission. Source: FOX

  • As executive producer David Fury teased, Renee is a damaged person upon returning next season. However, Kiefer Sutherland says they are really trying to find peace for Jack, which includes all things that have the potential to make him happy. “People would like to see him at least have the option to have a good life,” Sutherland says. “We stripped a lot of those components over the years, by virtue of killing everybody, that whether he wants to live or die seemed to become innocuous—like who cares, there’s nothing really to live for. What we did for this season is to really try and create something that would make Jack want to live.” (Watch With Kristin)
  • “I don’t know with regard to the last season,” says Kiefer Sutherland. “It is the last season that I’ve been contracted to do 24, but I really don’t know.” (Watch With Kristin)
  • If it truly is Jack’s last hurrah, the producers are planning some return visits from seasons past. “There’s certainly a chance of [bringing back old characters]. We’ve certainly been talking about that,” says David Fury. “At this point, we’re only in the first third of the season, but we have begun to discuss some of the characters that could return.” Fury says he really wants to see Teri Bauer (Leslie Hope) return to the show. “If Tony [Carlos Bernard] is still alive, there’s every chance that Teri pulled through,” jokes Fury. In all seriousness, there’s a likely possibility that Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) and Mandy (Mia Kirshner) could appear. Also, “You may see Tony—there may be an opportunity for Tony to be pivotal in the show,” adds Fury. (Watch With Kristin)

No word on if Kim Raver will be back as Audrey, but Elisha Cuthbert has already filmed scenes for Day 8’s first few hours. (TV Guide)

24 – Season 8 – Set Photos

24 – Big Casting News

Suddenly, I find myself counting the minutes until 24’s new season. Perhaps this is why: Katee Sackhoff is joining the cast! Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Battlestar Galactica heroine has been tapped to play the series regular role of Dayna Pakkala, a highly respected and down-to-earth data analyst at the new and improved New York branch of CTU. Translation: Chloe-Starbuck catfight alert! This fraktastic casting coup hit a road block last week when Sackhoff abruptly took herself out of running, prompting me to post this blind item. But late Friday, word surfaced that the BSG badass was once again in the mix.

Here’s more scoop on Sackhoff’s character… She’s in a relationship with fellow agent Davis Cole (played by the just-cast Freddie Prinze. Jr.), and she apparently has a skeleton in her closet she’s trying desperately to keep hidden. As previously reported, 24’s eighth season — which premieres Jan. 17, 2010 — will be set in the Big Apple and center on an assassination plot against a visiting foreign leader (Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor). In addition to Sackhoff, Prinze, and Williamson, new Day 8 blood includes Kissing Jessica Stein’s Jennifer Westfeldt (as a journalist with ties to Kapoor’s diplomat) and The Starter Wife’s Chris Diamantopoulos (as President Taylor’s Chief of Staff). Source: EW

24 – Season 8 – Set Photos

Tuesday June 2nd Los Angeles, CA. **EXCLUSIVE** Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer and Benito Martinez as Victor Aruz film a scene for the 8th season of the hit show “24”. In this scene Sutherland assist Martinez who has a gunshot wound. The two are trying to elude law enforcement who are nearby and looking for them. In between takes Kiefer spits. Kiefer also wanted to be a camera operator for one of the scenes but was not allowed to actualy film the scene but instead just rehearsed as the camera operator.

Source: Photoshelter

Smallville Season 8 Spoilers: Premiere Tonight!

Episode 8.01: Odyssey
Airdate: September 18, 2008

08/28 – The Justice League, lead by the Green Arrow, hits the Artic in search of Clark, who disappeared after the fortress collapsed. The team immediately has a confrontation with the new CEO of Luthorcorp, Tess Mercer. Meanwhile, Chloe is being held prisoner by a suspicious group who has discovered she has a new power, and Clark has been stripped of his powers by Jor-El. Erica Durance and Aaron Ashmore also star. Source: The CW

08/13 – Lois dresses as a maid to infiltrate the Luthor mansion. Green Arrow shoots Clark for some reason. Guest stars include: Alaina Huffman (Black Canary), Alan Ritchson (Aquaman), Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter). Source: KryptonSite

07/12 – The new season begins several months after the events of the Season 7 finale. Casting is currently underway for “Kat,” a young, eager assistant for Tess, who also makes her first appearance in this episode; and “Nikolai,” a man who works on a boat with Clark near the Arctic. Roles also now being cast include a Researcher, a Scientist, and a Guard. Clark is brought home by some possibly-surprising rescuers. Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) returns in this episode. The “Researcher,” “Scientist,” and “Guard” roles are involved with Chloe’s storyline. When Clark returns to Metropolis, he’ll have a big surprise for Lois. Source: KryptonSite

07/12 – Chloe says yes to Jimmy’s proposal, setting the stage for a possible wedding later this season. Source: The Ausiello Files

07/12 – Get ready for the return of the Justice League. When Smallville comes back, the Super Friends reunite to search for Clark Kent, who went missing in May’s season finale after tussling with Lex Luthor at the Fortress of Solitude. […] One of the first things the new quartet did was lock in Justin Hartley for at least 12 episodes as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, a fan favorite who appeared frequently in Season 6 and once last season. He’ll start this new chapter by gathering Aquaman and Black Canary to rescue Clark. Alan Ritchson and Alaina Huffman will reprise their roles, as will Phil Morris, whose Martian Manhunter also appears in the opener, titled “Odyssey.” Source: TV Guide Online
Episode 8.02: Plastique
Airdate: September 25, 2008

09/09 – It’s Clark’s first day at the Daily Planet with Lois, and the pair are immediately thrown together on a story when a bus explodes outside the office. Clark rescues Bette (guest star Jessica Parker Kennedy), a young girl who bonds with Chloe over their shared meteor abilities, but Bette is hiding a big secret. Paramedic Davis Bloom arrives in Metropolis and is drawn to Chloe. Source: The CW

07/12 – This episode will explore Clark’s first day on his new job and his teaming with Lois. The character of paramedic Davis Bloom makes his first appearance in this episode, and he interacts primarily with Chloe. “Plastique” does indeed involve Bette Sans Souci, the character from the DC Comics universe. In this version she is a “15-year-old street kid” who is injured in an explosion, and Chloe asks her to move in. Contrary to some reports that Chloe will be serving time for a while… in actuality, Chloe will no longer be incarcerated by the time this episode happens. Justin Hartley (Oliver) and Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy) do not appear in this episode. Bette has a connection to Level 33.1 or something very much like it. Roles now being cast, in addition to the role of Bette, include the following: Security Agent, Young Cop, Medic, Tommy, Clerk, and two CSI’s. Source: KryptonSite
06/19 – Sam Witwer, best known to Battlestar Galactica fans as ex-Raptor ECO Alex “Crashdown” Quartararo, has been tapped to play the series regular role of Doomsday. Source: Michael Ausiello

05/15 – Doomsday: Real name: Davis Bloome. He’s in his mid-20s. He works as a bartender at the hip new Metropolis lounge Ace of Clubs. He plays down his smoldering good looks with a self-effacing wit and down-to-earth soulfulness. But he has long felt like an outsider (hence his nickname). And beneath his charismatic, easy-going demeanor lies a brooding sense of isolation and insecurity. When he begins to delve into the haunting mysteries of his true origins, a darker truth begins to emerge, one of blood and serial murders, one of survival and utter destruction – one in which he is forced to confront the true evil inside of him.” Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide

[Note: New information reveals that Bloome will interact with Chloe and be a paramedic.] 05/10 – The series is currently casting for series regular Davis Bloome. 20-year-old and sexy Bloome will be introduced in a scene with Lois at the Ace of Clubs bar where he bartends. Bloome admits to Lois that he’s been living all his life with the feeling that something was lurking inside of him that he can’t control. Source: SpoilerFix.com

05/05 – Doomsday: In season eight, Clark will face his ultimate challenge with the appearance of the legendary, unstoppable destroyer Doomsday, who appears on “Smallville” for the first time. As comic book fans know, Doomsday is notorious for being the only character in the DC Comics universe to have killed Superman. Source: The CW
Episode 8.03: Toxic
Airdate: October 2, 2008

09/16 – Oliver collapses at a charity event and reveals he only has 24 hours to live. Clark and Chloe call Davis for help but his prognosis is grim. Delirious, Oliver flashes back to when he was stranded on an island and first learned how to use a bow and arrow. He also recalls meeting Tess for the first time on that island after she had been kidnapped by a drug runner. Meanwhile, Chloe decides to use her new powers to help save Oliver, shocking Clark. Source: The CW

08/28 – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow will also get the spotlight in an upcoming episode where he is poisoned, and that also gives Clark and Chloe some reason to spend quality time together: “That’s an episode that we will find out a lot about Oliver and his past, and Clark and Chloe will work together to save him,” [says exec producer Darren Swimmer.] Source: Kristin on E!Online

08/24 – Oliver’s poisoning causes Lois to revisit her feelings for him as she visits him in the hospital. Source: KryptonSite

08/13 – After Oliver is poisoned, Chloe calls a paramedic she knows (cue Davis Bloome) for what might be the first meeting between Davis and Clark. Source: KryptonSite

07/20 – Roles now being cast for “Toxic” include a Reporter, Marcos, Guard, Angelica, Megan, and Police Officer. Oliver is poisoned and collapses at a fundraiser tying in with the release of the Warrior Angel movie. Chloe and Clark attend the fundraiser together. Source: KryptonSite

Episode 8.04: Instinct
Airdate: October 9, 2008

08/28 – Lest you fear our boy Clark may be living a monastic existence this season, know that Maxima is on her way. As [exec producer Darren] Swimmer explained it: “Maxima is the intergalactic goddess who needs to mate, and humans just don’t fill the bill. The way that we portray her, one of her powers is skill at making herself irresistible to the men who come upon her-and Clark will not be immune to that. There’s going to be one episode, but we’re hoping to do more than one. Charlotte Sullivan is the actress we cast, and she did a really great job, she’s really interesting.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

08/24 – TVGuide.com has revealed that actress Charlotte Sullivan has been cast in the role of Maxima. It is very likely that Shelby the dog will be making a return appearance. After finding the letter, Jimmy asks Chloe why she’s never said those things about him, and Chloe tells Jimmy that his insecurity about Clark is wearing thin. Chloe does some investigating for Clark to try and find out who Maxima is. Tess goes to an unexpected source for help in finding Lex. Maxima uses her powers to seduce Clark, and Lois walks in on them in an elevator. Clark offers Lois “her old room back” at the very empty Kent Farm. Source: KryptonSite

07/27 – It sounds like “Melissa” was indeed just a ploy to throw us off, and the intergalactic Maxima is indeed the one to appear in this episode. Justin Hartley (Oliver) and Sam Witwer (Davis Bloome) do not appear in this episode. The resurfacing of the “Fever” letter might lead Clark to realize what he’s missing out on. Both Jimmy and Clark learn about the letter Chloe wrote to Clark way back in the episode “Fever.” Source: KryptonSite

07/20 – A super-powered character named “Melissa” has her eyes on Clark. They kiss and he tries to resist. Originally casting notices for this episode called for “Maxima,” a character from the DC Comics universe of characters, but apparently this has been changed… we’re assuming for either legal or creative reasons. Source: KryptonSite

Episode 8.05: Committed
Airdate: October 16, 2008

08/24 – Clark and Lois will be “forced” to make like lovebirds as they investigate some strange goings-on involving a crazy guy and a Moment of Truth-esque lie detector “game.” It is in the course of this bit of harrowing, shoe-leather reporting that the “Daily” duo find themselves engaged in a smooch. Source: TV Guide Online

08/13 – Someone is abducting young couples (including Chloe and Jimmy), and Lois and Clark pose as a couple themselves to investigate. Clark and Lois will be “forced” to make like lovebirds as they investigate some strange goings-on involving a crazy guy and a Moment of Truth-esque lie detector “game.” In the course of this, Lois and Clark find themselves engaged in a smooch. Lois proves herself to be a supporter of a Chloe and Clark pairing. Source: KryptonSite


Episode 8.06: Prey
Airdate: October 23, 2008

08/24 – Clark and Chloe find themselves on opposing sides when a serial killer starts wreaking havoc on Metroplis in this season’s sixth episode. Clark suspects Davis/Doomsday is the culprit, but Chloe’s having none of it. Strengthening Clark’s resolve: D/D just so happens to black out whenever there’s a new murder. Source: The Ausiello Files

08/24 – The four series regulars in this episode will be Clark, Chloe, Jimmy, and Davis Bloome. Clark and Chloe disagree on an issue relating to the violent things that are happening around Metropolis. Source: KryptonSite

08/13 – Only four series regulars appear in this episode. Guest stars include Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter). Source: KryptonSite


Episode 8.07: Identity
Airdate: October 30, 2008

08/28 – If you were so inclined, you could probably blame Jimmy Olsen for the cape, tights and giant S thing. According to [exec producer Darren] Swimmer, “There’s an episode where Jimmy will think he sees something and starts connecting it to Clark, and Clark has to dig himself out of it. That starts Clark thinking that maybe it would be wise to have a secret identity. He starts embracing the idea that there’s someone out there saving people. He’s not denying that completely anymore, he’s just not ready to tell anyone it’s him. And that makes this year very exciting for us.” No telling yet if there’s actually going to be a costume, but the Superman brand is definitely in development… Source: Kristin on E!Online

08/24 – Jimmy takes a photo of a red and blue blur, and Clark is determined to keep him from finding out the truth about who has been saving the day. Source: KryptonSite


Episode 8.08: Bloodline
Airdate: November 6, 2008

09/18 – Lois finds herself in a very unexpected situation. It’s not a romantic situation, but it is putting her in a place she’s never been before. All of the regular cast members except for Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy) appear in this episode. Source: KryptonSite


Episode 8.09: Abyss
Airdate: November 2008

09/18 – The friendship of Clark and Chloe will be explored, and there may be some flashbacks going all the way back to the first time she visited his very “Amish” barn. Chloe seems to have forgotten a lot of her past and doesn’t recognize anyone… except for Davis. Clark goes to Jor-El for help in restoring her memories. The four cast members in this episode? Clark, Chloe, Jimmy, and Davis. The barn scene with a young Clark and Chloe isn’t the only Clark-Chloe blast from the past. Other sequences from previous seasons of Smallville will be revisited, and the scenes being revisited were all popular among “Chlark shippers.” Source: KryptonSite

09/11 – I have some very interesting news about Chloe, who, as you probably heard, suffers some serious dementia in episode 9. Clark, in turn, seeks Jor-El’s help in restoring her memories — well almost all her memories. You see, Clark decides that his BFF might be better off forgetting a thing or two. Source: The Ausiello Files

Episode 8.10: Title Unknown
Airdate: November 2008

09/18 – [This episode] marks the return of Lana. Source: The Ausiello Files
Episode 8.11: Legion
Airdate: November/December 2008

08/28 – [Exec producer Darren] Swimmer confirmed an appearance by the Legion of Superheroes (not to be confused with the Justice League, although Swimmer also said they would love to have a storyline for Justice Leaguer Wonder Woman on the show). Regarding the Legion: “It’s three superheroes, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad-although we might not use those names-on a mission from Superman in the future, who sends them back to help make things right.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

08/13 – Popular comic book writer Geoff Johns is writing the 9th episode of Season Eight, which will introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes to the Smallville mythology. No details have been revealed except that the characters will stay true to their origins and will indeed come from the future. Source: KryptonSite

Smallville Season General Spoilers

08/28 – This is the season of Clark’s Superization. According to [exec producer Darren] Swimmer, “He’s going to be seeking out the trouble, as opposed to reacting to trouble when it happens. One of his main motivations for going to the Daily Planet was to be somewhere where the information comes in.” Consider D.P. to be his own personal police band radio. “He’s going to be much more on patrol than he was ever in his life-and he’s really stepping up in a big way to his destiny.” And since his destiny and the Daily Planet are over in the big city, “The feel of the show is going to be a lot more Metropolis this year.” Don’t worry, though, Clark still lives in Smallville as of season eight, and there will be plenty of scenes back in the old home town. […] According to Swimmer, “Erica Durance and Tom have such a great chemistry on camera together as Lois and Clark. I just love seeing the dailies. They’re going to be butting heads a lot, as usual. They’ll be teaming up on stories and getting into the typical hijinks together.” However, even though Clark reportedly offers Lois her old room at Kent farm, Swimmer tells me they will not be living together-for now. Kristin Kreuk will be back, for five episodes total, right in the middle of the season, at what Swimmer calls “a fairly inopportune time.” Like at a moment when Lois and Clark just happen to be making out in a closet? “It won’t be that drastic, but you’re not that far off.” Still, when it comes to the legendary drama that is “Clana,” Swimmer said, “Clark is getting past it. He’s not mulling over it too much, he’s learned his lessons, and it’s time for him to move forward, but of course, when Lana shows up in person, that makes things a lot more complicated for him.” […] No Michael Rosenbaum at all this season. I know that’s truly awful, but to make it up to you, they are introducing Samuel Witwer as Davis Bloome/Doomsday. Said Swimmer, “Sam is fantastic, he’s doing a really great job playing a guy who’s sort of the tortured supervillian.” (Swimmer also told me there’s ongoing discussion about introducing Darksied as well, so hang in there for developments on that.) The other antagonist this season is Tess, a Luthercorp apparatchik. Or should I say apparat-chick ? Because as Swimmer explains, late in the season Tess becomes a new contestant in the Clark love derby: “Tess is definitely interested in him-and who wouldn’t be?” […] As for Clark’s allies, Supergirl will be back for either episode eight or nine. I asked why she wasn’t back full time and Swimmer told me, “Her appearance was great, but the story that we told with her seemed to come to a natural ending point for the time being.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

08/27 – At some point within the first seven episodes, [Lois] will confess [her] love for [Clark]. Source: The Ausiello Files

08/26 – There will definitely be a Chloe-Jimmy wedding, but that it does not go according to plan. Source: Kristin on E!Online
08/25 – Laura Vandervoort, who played Kara in Season 7 of The CW’s Smallville, announced at the Fan Expo in Toronto that she will be featured in a Season 8 episode. “In October, I’m shooting,” Vandervoort said during a panel with Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor for the first seven seasons. “I only know of one episode right now. They’ve asked me to tie up my storyline.” Source: Variety

08/24 – Lex’s possibly evil stand-in Tess has a connection to someone in Smallville. Hint: He’s green and ripped and runs around with an arrow. Source: The Ausiello Files

07/28 – According to Justin Hartley, he’s scheduled to appear in at least 12 episodes which will most likely be spread throughout the season. Justin said this will be a year where we learn more about Oliver’s past and get some of his back-story. “It’s not just going to be him saying, ‘well, this is what happened, let me tell you all about it,’ and have it all be talk,” he told us. “We’re going to actually see it in the form of flashbacks.” But what about his future? Oliver might begin questioning that very thing. “The whole series has been about Clark growing into his powers and trying to accept his destiny,” Justin explained. “In the past, Oliver has been the one who has been like, ‘Come on man, step up’ and Clark has been more hesitant. Now, Clark will be more accepting of things and Oliver will be saying, ‘Whoa, let me take a step back.’ They’ve almost switched their positions on embracing their destinies.” As far as Oliver’s personal life, it seems like he’ll have his hands full. “I’m getting a new love interest!,” Justin shared. The role has not yet been cast, but they’re currently looking for Oliver’s lucky lady. Still, Justin said his relationship with Lois is not dead. At least, that’s what he’s hearing. Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

07/27 – “Lois and Clark will be working side by side at The Daily Planet, and Lois will start to see Clark in a different way,” [the executive producers] said. “She’s surprised to see him in a suit, all grown up and handsome. It’s no longer going to be played like a brother-sister relationship.” […] Season 8 is all about Clark’s destiny as Superman. He joins the Daily Planet and uses his new gig as a way to find people in need. He also starts to realize that he may need a double identity to really evolve into Superman. To that end, exec producer Brian Peterson says that the show will hold to its original “no tights” rule, but he wouldn’t comment on the “no flights” theory. […] Justin Hartley says that the Green Arrow will be struggling with why he’s doing what he’s doing, while the show will be exploring the origin of the Green Arrow. Chloe will also be doing some struggling of her own, and there’s trouble in paradise ahead for her relationship with Jimmy. [Allison] Mack says that Chloe will be finding some independence this season, though, and she’ll maybe even have some new powers to show off – but no details yet! And as for Lana Lang’s future kisses with Clark? Kristin Kreuk deftly avoided the question and titillated the audience by saying she’d like to see her kiss Chloe. Source: TV Guide Online

07/27 – According to [Sam] Witwer, his newly introduced regular character, Davis “Doomsday” Bloome, starts out as a good guy (who has designs on Ms. Chloe herself), but before too long his romantic quest is interrupted by waking nightmares that bode not well for Chloe, Davis, Clark or Metropolis at large. […] I can tell you is the character’s name is Davis Bloome. He’s a paramedic in Metropolis, he’s very good at his job, and he was raised in the foster system. He went from home to home-he’s this survivor character, and he’s kind of an outsider. But he’s a really nice guy, really cool guy. […] He’s brought into the story when he strikes up a friendship with Chloe on the show. Chloe is dating Jimmy Olsen, so he doesn’t want to step in-he’s too nice of a guy to steal her. Because who wants to steal from Jimmy Olsen? Sweet little red-haired kid. Anyway, David starts losing large amounts of time. He’s blacking out. He doesn’t understand why. […] Eventually this character will embark on a quest to find out why these blackouts are happening, and what he discovers is horrifying for the character, and hopefully horrifying for the audience. […] There are some really cool ideas around [the fact that he’s a psychotic supervillain]. What do you when you find out you are the opposite of what you ever wanted to be? If you found out you were a murderer, and you didn’t know this, what would you do? By the end of the season, in Davis Bloome’s case, he’s going to be trying to be the same guy, but he’s…distressed. […] I’m going to be there the whole season. Source: Kristin on E!Online

07/27 – According to exec producer Brian Wayne Peterson, [Kristin] Kreuk’s five-episode stint as Lana will kick off in early November. “She’ll come back at a very inopportune time for Clark,” he hints. In the meantime, while Ms. Lang’s off “giving Clark some space,” the man who would be Super will be growing closer to Lois. “They’ll be working together this year at Daily Planet ,” Peterson says, “and some friction is going to come out of that.” Not to mention several winks to classic Superman lore – beginning in the season premiere. Teases Peterson: “There might be a phone booth moment between the two of them.” […] “We definitely touch on [Chloe’s] feelings for [Clark],” he says. Adds fellow EP Todd Slavkin: “They’ve been best friends for a long time, and Clark would never get in the way of her pursuing her happiness. But oftentimes, feelings have a way of creeping in. That’s all we’ll say.” Source: The Ausiello Files
07/20 – Executive producer Darren Swimmer reveals: […] We’re very interested in bringing Kara back for some episodes this season, schedules permitting. […] As fans of the comics know, Oliver Queen had some rough times in his earlier life. This season we’ll get a glimpse of how some of those experiences are coming back to haunt him. […] We do plan on having Clark and Oliver team up more this year than we’ve seen in past seasons. […] What helps is that neither [Lex nor Lana] is actually dead in the universe of the show, even if they don’t appear every week. The effect that both of these characters has had on Clark is indelible. Luckily, both actors are so incredibly talented, they created personalities that will continue to resonate in the lives of the other characters. […] Part of what excited the four of us to bring Doomsday into the show was the fact that he has no previously established Earthly alter ego in the comics. Davis Bloome will be very different from the Doomsday we’ve seen in the comics. Especially at first. We thought it would be interesting to see the human side of a character that had very little humanity in the comics. […] Doomsday did kill Superman in the comics, so Clark better be on his toes. [… Tess Mercer will] be interested in Clark, but for entirely different reasons than Lex was. Source: Newsarama

07/12 – Fan fave [Justin] Hartley is sticking around for at least 12 episodes as Green Arrow and his alter ego, Oliver Queen. He’ll have a mysterious connection to Tess Mercer, a shady new character (played by Cassidy Freeman) who is searching for the missing Lex. […] Also new is Sam Witwer, who plays David Bloome, an EMT who becomes a brutal menace by night. “Part of his mystery this season is not only revealing what he’s doing, but also what his origin is and where he comes from,” executive producer Kelly Souders teases. Source: TV Guide

07/12 – Get ready for a Jimmy/Chloe/Doomsday triangle. Source: The Ausiello Files

07/12 – This season’s theme is “double identities,” Souders says. “It’s about the Superman identity emerging as Clark Kent tries to maintain a normal life – or the appearance of a normal life.” To that end, he takes a job at the “Daily Planet,” right across the desk from Lois Lane. “The camaraderie as they work side-by-side that everyone loves from the DC Comics and all the Superman lore is going to come to fruition this year,” Souders says. “The two of them are thrown together in some unfortunate situations for Clark. She becomes a little bit of an obstacle to him saving the world, when he’s on a deadline.” […] Kristin Kreuk will not be back for the season opener, since that episode is already chock full of Justice Leaguing goodness. Kristin will be back, though, for multiple episodes (or specifically five, if the Canadian version of ET is to be believed). Source: TV Guide Online

06/20 – Rocked by the mysterious death of Lionel Luthor and the sudden disappearance of his son, Lex, the town of Smallville will be put further on edge this fall with the arrival of two new villains, as Sam Witwer (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Cassidy Freeman (“Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee”) join the cast of “Smallville” as series regulars for the hit show’s eighth season. Witwer will play Davis Bloome, a charismatic Metropolis paramedic who – when he isn’t saving people – is forced to confront a burgeoning darkness inside of him that just might be a harbinger of doom. Freeman will play Tess Mercer. Handpicked by Lex Luthor to succeed him before he vanished, Tess arrives in Smallville as acting CEO of LuthorCorp. Beneath her mysterious allure lies a cunning ruthlessness to match her mentor’s. Source: The CW
06/19 – Relative newcomer Cassidy Freeman is joining the cast as Tess, a sexy and vengeful firecracker with whom Lex hires to run his empire in his absence. Source: Michael Ausiello

06/12 – The CW just confirmed that Justin Hartley (Green Arrow/Oliver Queen) has been locked in as a series regular for the upcoming eighth season! According to the show’s rep, Justin’s storyline will focus on Oliver’s past and where he comes from as opposed to his Green alter ego. I’m also told that Kristen Kreuk (Lana) will most definitely be back for a batch of episodes-most likely six or seven-but they’re still working out the exact number. Source: Kristin on E!Online

05/15 – Multiple sources confirm that after weeks of tense negotiations, Allison Mack has sealed a deal to return next season as a series regular! Although the specifics of the new contract — which was signed just hours ago — are being kept under wraps, I’m told it calls for Mack to appear in all episodes produced next season. Source: The Ausiello Report

05/15 – Tess: Drop-dead gorgeous. Roughly 28 years old.She’s determined, sexy, vengeful and has super-strength. “While Lex is away, she is in control of his estate and rules it with aggression. She’s had intellect and the confidence all her life, though it’s obvious she’s had some training from Lex as well. But as much as Lex has helped fortify her power, he is also her biggest weakness. She harbors an undying devotion to Lex, claiming he saved her life a few years ago. She carries out his wishes with coercion, force, seduction – anything to get what she wants. And no one can resist her beguiling ways. Even Clark Kent. She doesn’t remember anything before the day she met Lex. Once she realizes her previous life is buried below the surface, she’s desperate to dig it up.” Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide

05/10 – The series is currently casting for series regular Tess. She will first appear in a scene with Clark. The lady is trespassing on the Kent Farm. As Clark and she chit chat, she reveals that she is in Smallville to look over the Luthor Mansion since Lex has disappeared. Tess tries to blackmail Jimmy so she gets some answers about Lex. Source: SpoilerFix.com

05/05 – [Michael Rosenbaum is leaving the series at the end of the current season.] Two new villains will join the cast of characters on Smallville [next] season: the legendary, unstoppable Doomsday, and a female antagonist who will challenge Clark in ways never before imagined. Casting is underway for both roles. Doomsday: In season eight, Clark will face his ultimate challenge with the appearance of the legendary, unstoppable destroyer Doomsday, who appears on “Smallville” for the first time. As comic book fans know, Doomsday is notorious for being the only character in the DC Comics universe to have killed Superman. Female villain: Doomsday won’t be Clark’s only nemesis in the upcoming season. The executive producers are tight-lipped about a new female villain they will be introducing, but they can say she will be familiar to many fans and will set her sights on Clark in ways Lex never could. Intelligent, brilliantly manipulative, and dangerously sinister, our gorgeous new villain has one more weapon in her arsenal: Her mutual attraction with Clark may prove to be as deadly as kryptonite for him. Source: The CW

%d bloggers like this: