Long in discussion across fan circles, the Superman-based drama "Smallville" will return for a tenth season next fall, a representative of The CW confirmed for CBR. Anchored by star Tom Welling, the drama has survived many changes as well as ups and downs in its nine-year run, surviving the change of a network and the departure of many original cast members from Michael Rosenbaum to Kristen Kreuk. However, "Smallville" has also adapted to meet the changes thrown at it. While earlier seasons focused on the trials and tribulations of teenage Clark Kent coming of age in the titular Kansas town and fighting teen threats mutated by "meteor rock" chunks of Kryptonite, today's "Smallville" is much closer to a straight superhero drama set against the backdrop of the city of Metropolis.
And the format change appears to be working. Earlier this season, the "Absolute Justice" episode of the series written by all-star comics writer and newly-minted DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns brought in 2.8 million viewers – the best-rated episode of the show for the entire ninth season and proof that a network can set a major drama in the so-called "Friday night death slot" to great success. The CW could not confirm at this time whether or not Johns would return to pen more episodes in season ten, but the writer spoke highly of the experience when he talked to CBR about the gig.
Look back to CBR for more info on season ten of "Smallville" when it becomes available.