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Warner Bros TV & ‘Smallville’ Co-Creators End Legal Battle

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Warner Bros Television and the creators of Smallville are not taking their multimillion-dollar legal battle to a jury after all. Lawyers for WBTV and co-creators/writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough announced in a hearing today that they have reached a settlement in their breach of contract and conflict of interest dispute. No details of the settlement were made public. LA Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson told the parties today that they now have until August 30 to file a formal request for dismissal. Millar and Gough along with Tollin/Robbins Productions claimed in their initial $100 million vertical integration suit, first filed in March 2010, that WBTV signed low-balling licensing deals with the WB and later the CW that were nowhere near the requisite arms-length nor conducted with the good faith that they should have been. Tollin/Robbins came to a settlement with WBTV back in early January. Read More »

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‘Smallville’s Tom Welling Joins JFK Pic ‘Parkland’

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a 10-season run as the super-hero-in-training Clark Kent in the CW series Smallville, Tom Welling is taking a break from TV and transitioning to features. He’s just landed a co-starring role in Parkland, the Exclusive Media feature that is being directed by Peter Landesman. He joins Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, and Billy Bob Thornton in the ensemble drama about the hours following the assassination of JFK in Parkland Hospital. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing with Bill Paxton. Open Road is in talks to distribute domestically in the fall, around the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Welling is repped by WME.

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Warner Bros TV Settles Some Of ‘Smallville’ Licensing Suit

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Turns out a jury won’t be deciding whether Warner Bros Television owes the producers of Smallville $100 million in damages after all. A WBTV spokesman today confirmed to Deadline that the suit filed by Tollin/Robbins Productions has “been resolved.” No details of the settlement today were made public. However, Tollin/Robbins did file court paperwork Wednesday to dismiss its own claims in the case. That doesn’t mean the suit is completely over. Smallville co-creators/writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough are still pursuing their suit against WBTV with a trial date of June 10, 2013. In the initial suit, first filed in March 2010, Tollin/Robbins Productions along with Millar and Gough claimed WBTV signed low-balling licensing deals with the WB and later the CW that were nowhere near the requisite arms-length. They also alleged that the deals were not conducted with the good faith that they should have been. Because of these deals, the production company and producers claimed the show’s value was decreased and they were cheated out of millions in profits. In September, Judge Michael Johnson cited a number of “triable issues” in the conflict of interest case. Smallville debuted on the WB Network on October 16, 2001. It ran until May 13, 2011, ending on the CW, which debuted in 2006 after the merger of the WB and CBS’ … Read More »

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‘Smallville’ Warner Bros TV Licensing Lawsuit Heading To Jury, Judge Rules

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 12:30am PDT

Smallville Lawsuit Warner BrosA jury will decide whether Warner Bros Television owes the producers and creators of Smallville $100 million in damages. In a five-page ruling released Tuesday, Judge Michael Johnson cited a number of “triable issues” in the conflict of interest case. In doing so, he rejected WBTV and other WB defendants’ motion for summary judgment over the show about the young Superman. The case will now likely go to trial sometime in mid-2013. Read More »

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Green Arrow Drama Nears Pilot Order At CW

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 8:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to Arrow, an hourlong superhero drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow. It is written and executive produced by The Green Lantern co-writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and Fringe and Vampire Diaries alum Andrew Kreisberg. I hear that David Nutter will likely direct the project, which takes the comic book character created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and sets him in a new world with an original story that is not based on the comics, which are published by DC Entertainment. Arrow, produced by Warner Bros TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Television, was developed by Berlanti and Guggenheim, who came up with the idea and wrote the storyline and then brought in Kreisberg to write the script. Kreisberg, who has comics experience having written DC Comics’ Green Arrow and Black Canary among other books, previously worked with Berlanti and Guggenheim on their ABC drama Eli Stone. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Smallville’ Up In Series Finale, ‘Flashpoint’ Rises In Week 2

Nellie Andreeva

CW’s veteran Smallville had a solid though not spectacular end of its 10-year run last night. The two-hour series finale of the young Superman series drew 3 million viewers, 1.3/5 in 18-49 and 1.2/4 in 18-34. That was up 50% in the 18-49 demo from Smallville‘s hourlong episode last week but not a series nor season high. It was Smallille‘s most-watched episode since October.

After a lackluster season premiere last week, CBS’ Flashpoint (1.3/5, 7.5 million) jumped 18% in its second airing. In its season finale, CSI: NY (1.5/5, 10.2 million) slipped a tenth from last week, while the season closer of Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 11.4 million) was up 13%. CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.5/5) and total viewers (9.7 million).

On the heels of its renewal earlier in the day, ABC’s Shark Tank (1.3/5, 5 million) ended its second season on a high note, up 8% in the demo and 11% in total viewers from last week. Fox aired a new Kitchen Nightmares (1.5/5), which won the 8 PM hour in 18-49, followed by a repeat.

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RATINGS RATE RACE: CBS Wins Night Dominated By Royal Wedding Specials

Nellie Andreeva

Will this further shake CBS’ commitment to scripted programming on Fridays? Last night, a Royal Wedding special at 8 PM (1.7/6, 8.6 million) delivered a rare decisive No. 1 finish in the hour for the network among 18-49 and outranked the network’s scripted entries in the slot this season – Medium, The Defenders and especially Chaos. CBS’ CSI: NY (1.7/5, 9.2 million) was flat, as was Blue Bloods (1.6/5, 9.8 million).

ABC’s Shark Tank (1.2/4) was down 14%. It was followed by a Royal Wedding 20/20, which drew a 1.5/5. NBC’s Friday Night Lights (0.6/2) finished dead last in the 8 PM hour, plummeting 33% from last week. Dateline (1.2/4) was down a tenth.

Fox’s Fringe (1.3/4) was up a tenth from last week, Kitchen Nightmares (1.3/5) was down from two weeks ago. CW’s Smallville was down 20% vs. last week in 18-49 (0.8/3) but up 14% in 18-34 (0.9/3), Supernatural was flat in 18-49 (0.9/3) but up 29% in 18-34 (0.9/3).

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TV Teaser: CW’s ‘Smallville’

By | Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:19am PDT

Our colleagues over at TVLine have nabbed exclusive video of Michael Rosenbaum reprising his juicy role as Clark Kent’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor on the CW’s Smallville, which airs the first of its final four episodes tonight at 8. The series is ending its 10-year run, and Rosenbaum’s re-emergence came together late and fast, with less than a week elapsing between his agreeing to return and the actual day of production. “I really didn’t want the day to end,” Rosenbaum said of his whirlwind, marathon shoot. “Once you’re there, you always want more. Like, ‘Oh c’mon, this is fun. Write something else!’ ”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Sci-Fi Dramas Lead Friday Rebound, ‘Blue Bloods’ Returns

Nellie Andreeva

After a depressing Thursday ratings report riddled with declines and season/series lows, things looked much brighter on Friday with most shows posting week-to-week gains.

After two alarming drops, Fox’s sci-fi series Fringe (1.5/5, 4.1 million) rebounded, up 7% from last week. Its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares (1.7/6, 3.9 million) was up 13% after slipping by about that much last week.

CBS’ The Defenders (1.3/5, 8.5 million) also reversed a down trend, up 18% in 18-49. CSI: NY (1.8/6, 10.6 million) was up 13%. Blue Bloods (1.6/5, 11.1 million) returned to its regular Friday slot close to the levels of its ratings performance there before it moved to Wednesdays for a trial run. In its last original airing on Fridays on Dec. 3. Blue Bloods drew  a 1.7/6 and 11.4 million. The cop/family drama failed to carry over a demo ratings bump from its extra exposure on Wednesdays where it averaged a 2.1/6 and 11.8 last week. However, it is clear the Tom Selleck drama has a strong base as its viewership numbers stay virtually the same no matter the time slot or the length of the hiatus. CBS and Fox finished tied in 18-49 (1.6/5) for the night, with CBS (10.1 million) dominating the total viewer race.

Supernatural (2.3 million, 1.0/4 in 18-34) was up 25% in 18-34 and 27% in total viewers from last week, while Smallville (2.2 million, 0.9/4 in 18-34) was up 13% in 18-34 and down a fraction in total … Read More »

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Lex Returns: Michael Rosenbaum To Come Back For ‘Smallville’ Series Finale

By | Friday February 11, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Deadline/TVLine EXCLUSIVE: Fans’ prayers have been answered – Clark Kent and Lex Luthor will meet again on Smallville. After months of speculation, Michael Rosenbaum just closed a deal to return to the CW series for the May 13 finale, reprising his role as Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum, who left Smallville in 2008 to focus on his writing career, had been courted for awhile to return for the closer. Talks heated up over the past week, leading to the deal which was signed tonight.

“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back,” Smallville executive producers/showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said. “And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

Rosenbaum said he was “delighted” to return for the series finale. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is,” he said. “I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”

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The CW Sets Date For ‘Smallville’ Finale

By | Monday February 7, 2011 @ 2:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW’s drama Smallville will finish its 10-year run, which started on the WB, with a two-hour series finale on Friday May 13. The following Friday, Smallville‘s companion, Supernatural, will wrap its current sixth season with a two-hour closer.

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Return Of CW’s ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural’ Pushed By A Week

By | Thursday January 27, 2011 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW Friday sci-fi dramas Smallville and Supernatural won’t return from a winter hiatus tomorrow night as scheduled. In a last-minute move, the network is delaying the shows’ midseason premiere to next Friday to give tonight’s winter debuts of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita extra sampling with encores on Friday as they will face Fox’s American Idol for the first time. Additionally, there are CW preemptions in several markets tonight.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Guys’ Make Quiet Exit

Nellie Andreeva

Fans didn’t rally behind The Good Guys to give it a boost in the finale last night. The Fox dramedy (0.7/2, 2.3 million) matched its demo rating from the last 2 weeks to finish fifth in its 9 PM slot and second to last among all programs on the night – original or repeats – with only the 8 PM Good Guys rerun (0.6/2, 1.9 million) behind it. With CBS airing drama reruns (average of 1.2/4, 7.4 million for the night), ABC took the top Friday spot in adults 18-49 (1.4/5, 5.1 million) for the second time this season. (CBS was still No. 1 in total viewers.) NBC was a close second in the demo (1.3/4, 5.7 million). ABC and NBC were tied for first place at 8 PM (1.2/4) with new Supernanny (1.2/4) and a Minute to Win It repeat. ABC won the 9 PM hour with Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.5/5), while NBC had the edge at 10 PM with the second hour of Deadline (1.6/5). CW continues to be competitive on the night with Smallville (1.0/4, down a tenth from last week, 2.6 million) and Supernatural (1.0/3, flat, 2.2 million). In adults 18-34, Supernatural was up 25%.

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS Regains Friday Edge

Nellie Andreeva

Here is where we left things off on Friday two weeks ago, heading into the Thanksgiving holiday: CBS was handed its first non-N.1 finish on the night this season by ABC, which edged the eye network by a tenth of a rating point for its first Friday victory in adults  18-49. CBS rebounded last night, returning to the top spot in the demo (1.6/5) by the same tenth of a rating point margin over ABC whose newsmagazines inched down. ABC’s 20/20 (1.9/6, 6.8 million) was once again the top-rated program of the night in 18-49,  down a tenth from its average 2 weeks ago, while the network’s  Primetime: What Would You Do (1.4/4, 4.8 million) at 9 PM was down 2 tenths. CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.7/6, 11.4 million) was tops in viewers, up a tenth from 2 weeks ago. CSI: NY (1.7/6, 10.2 million) was up one tenth from its fast national result and two tenths from its final, while Medium (1.4/5, 6.8 million) held steady. CBS once again won Friday in total viewers with 9.5 million. From 8-10 PM, NBC’s time-buy family movie, the Procter & Gamble/Walmart-backed A Walk in My Shoes (1.0/3, 4.5 million) finished behind the first movie in the series, Secrets of the Mountain (1.3/5, 7.8), which aired in the same time slot in April, and slightly above the second, The Jensen Project (0.9, 3.9 million), which aired in July. CW’s Smallville and Fox’s The Good Read More »

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