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 … Read More »

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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 … 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% … Read More »

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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 – Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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. … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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