Friday, September 12, 2008

Superman on TV - September 13-19

I love the smell of new TV in the fall.

Headlining this week's listings is the season eight premiere of television's longest-running live action Superman-related television show - the CW's "Smallville". You'd have to be living in a box - or at a minimum not dutifully checking the Superman Homepage every day - not to know that Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang), and Laura Vandervoort (Kara Zor-El) are all not returning as "Smallville" regular cast members this season.

So far Kreuk and Vandervoort are both scheduled to guest star during the season.
There's been no word yet on whether Rosenbaum intends to appear on the show this year.
When we last left not-so-young-anymore Clark Kent, Lex had professed his love for Clark and set the entire Fortress of Solitude tumbling in upon the both of them. Chloe had been arrested by the Feds. Lana had finally for now left Clark again. And Supergirl was trapped in the Phantom Zone.
On this Thursday's "Odyssey", when all seems lost and too much for the Man from Krypton to handle, who ya gonna call? The Justice League.
New series regular Justin Hartley - continuing to play Oliver Queen a.k.a. The Green Arrow - recruits Aquaman and Black Canary to come to Clark's and Chloe's aid. Catch "Smallville" Thursday at 8 PM on the CW. In Chicago and the surrounding areas that get their CW from WGN, the "Smallville" premiere airs immediately following the baseball game so be sure to set your Tivos to record at 10:30 PM Central Time and record about an hour or so extra to ensure you get the whole episode in case the game runs long. WGN will also show an encore showing of "Odyssey" Sunday at Noon Central Time on the CW on WGN.
There's a potentially exciting block of programming on Boomerang this Saturday. Airing from 4 PM to 8 PM, it's "The Superman/Batman Adventures" - at least that's what Boomerang is calling it. Don't confuse it with the more recent 1990s block of "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Superman: The Animated Series". This is a bit more special and vintage than that. But it isn't Superman.
Boomerang will be showing four consecutive hours of the 1968 animated Batman series from Filmation which aired as part of the "The Batman/Superman Hour" on CBS. Given how Boomerang uses the Filmation 'toons to fill in time after its other regular fare like "JLU" (which air with limited commercial interruption on Boomerang, thus the extra time), I would not be surprised if a Superman, Superboy, or Justice League of America Filmation 'toon showed up during the festivities.
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