Cast updates: Doomsday for Smallville

There have been a lot of cast updates regarding Smallville recently, as the show has been shaken up with departures going into its final season. One of the biggest moves has been the exit of Michael Rosenbaum, who played the bald villain Lex Luthor.

But in order to maintain a dramatic balance of good and evil, producers have decided to add a new villain for the upcoming eighth season. And not just any cookie-cutter villain...no, just...THE GUY WHO KILLED SUPERMAN!

The previously revealed role of Doomsday (and his alter-ego--the easy-going paramedic Davis Bloome), a character who sends Superman to meet his maker in the comics, will be played by Sam Witwer. Witwer will be a familiar face to science-fiction fans; he played Crashdown in Battlestar Galactica, and has had roles in JAG, Dexter, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Also joining Smallville is Cassidy Freeman, who will play Luthor's successor Tess Mercer. A previous casting call noted that she would her powers of seduction on Clark, and that she was "brilliantly manipulative and dangerously sinister." Freeman was previously attached to the TV pilot Austin Golden Hour.

NBC has announced a replacement for moderator of Meet the Press left vacant by the sudden loss of previous host Tim Russert. Longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw will begin his stint on the show on June 29, reports Bloomberg. Brokaw will man the post through the November presidential election, after which further decisions on the show will presumably be made.

In other casting news, Alfre Woodard has signed on to NBC's My Own Worst Enemy, the upcoming drama starring Christian Slater. The Hollywood Reporter says Woodard will play the boss of Slater, who is a top-secret spy. Woodard, an Oscar nominee, has an extensive list of television and film credits, and recently appeared on ABC's Desperate Housewives as Betty Applewhite.

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Let Smallville die. I like the show (except for the constant soap-opera-like looks between Clark and Lana), but Doomsday with an alter-ego??? Have the writers READ the original comics? Putting Doomsday in now is WAY out of sequence. Aren't there enough legitimate villains? Put in Mr. Myxytlplk (spelling? ha ha). Create a few new villains. Make this the final season, and wrap it up with a good lead-in for the movies. And while you're at it, make the hospital rooms LOOK like hospital rooms! "Nurse, can we have a little light in here, please? I'd like to SEE the patient!"
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well they're creating a fresh start.
at least the whole crap story obout Clark->Lana->Lex->Lana->Clark is over. I'm sorry for those who really liked it, But COME ON that lasted way to long. On that point I agree with zackinthisbeh. Press the fastforward button. Clark needs to know how to fly, make THAT an item, plus doomsday Plus Luthor's successor. Then you've got at least 12 Great Episodes GRTZ
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again - a show of hands for people who could do a better job than the writers here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a crock of sh___ - What made the stories fun and entertaining (HEY execs remember THAT concept????)was the depth of the stories and that for all that went wrong there was a full arch that made things ok again - started going down hill when they just 'kinda' wrote off his mother and didn't explain why she doesn't come home when congress goes home and not in session...the love and friendships that made the man yes I agree with previous comments - how the boy became the man is what smallville has always been about - lot of crap this last season and sounds like not worth watching the new...too bad - writers are their own worst enemies - just look at the strike - brains in excess? not likely...
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smallville whitout Michael Rosenbaum is nothing.
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Honestly I don't think this should be the last season for smallville and they should not rush things, the whole point of smalliville was to tell the story of clark growing up and becoming a man (superman). Things are just getting so close to it finally happening it just wouldn't be interesting if they pressed the fastforward button. And as for cast members there really only was Clark, Louis, Jimmy, and Perry and whoever was the villian at the time so yeah...
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The final season of Smallville.. It time for Clark to become Superman... Working in DP is one steep in right diretion (sorry my bad spelling).

Killing him off that's mad CK/S was killed when he was all grown up.. So i hope the season ends where the movies starts... Smallville was suposed to end after the 7 season so the 8 season is a bonus :)

And to all of the complainers out there... Way are you waysting your time.. don't watch the dame thing then.. I love it from season 1 to season 7.
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Doomsday...really? It's a huge leap in terms of the direction I thought Smallville was going but with Luthor gone I guess it's an okay substitute. I mean they went from fairly well developed story arcs to recently having Clark just fight really strong opponents i.e. Zod,The Phantoms, & Bizzaro. And now I guess that Doomsday will be the next one.
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Doomsday???!!!!! Someone's driving nuts. I mean, Clark doesn't even know how to fly. Man we got to leave Smallville with some dignity.



Sorry but i really liked this show but it got to far now. It's time let it go my friends.
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Damn it this better not be the last smallville I think they should at lest Go to ten Seasons if not more any one who wants to see him become superman in this Season! is nothing but an **** hole! I've seen ppl posting on many sites saying they think smallville gonna end! and I think is that kinda Thinking That Could make it happing! Smallvilles not not done for just Becuse Lex is gone and Lana well only be on some of the eps The writers for Smallville are So Good What what they Do That They Could Keep This show on for many more Season if they want to! i'm think that if Season 8 Of Smallville is really good that they would make Season 9 & Even 10 it would not be the 1st time a show went to 10 Seasons
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Season 8 of Smallville,This is MADNESS!!~I agree with many of the other commentors!!It is has gone way too far,the story just like wad godhood said 'after season 2 the writers just decided to do whatever they wanted, and it shows with some of the past lackluster season'This is Totally True.they cud've just stopped at season 4 or maybe 5
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I didn't think Smallville would have good ratings after the exit of Lex Luthor, but now that Doomsday is getting in it might actually stand a chance
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I completly agree with you GODHOOD
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The show is just a guilty pleasure for me now, after season 2 the writers just decided to do whatever they wanted, and it shows with some of the past lackluster seasons. Lex exiting the show leaves a big hole character wise. I truly hope that this will be the last one, Smallville has dragged on long enough.
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Aww I though Rosenbaum was going to do a few episodes I didn't know he wasn't doing any at all. The addition of Doomsday is great, but Lex was just turning really villainy, but oh well, and dammit Clark better learn how to fly this season.
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Eighth season! I thought that Smallville was supposed to end 4 seasons ago?! Lex's gone? This will definitely be the last season.
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I'm pretty excited for season 8 and unlike some people I don't complain at everything I don't like... But for all the complainers out there you may be happy to know that according to Watch with Kristin, Clark will be working @ the DP. Happy now? :P
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Yes is time for SUPER series ender go out with a BIG BANG
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Smallville is well past its prime now and this whole Doomsday debarcle just screams of deperation. I wish the show had gone out with a massive super bang a few years ago than faded away as the joke it is now.
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I don't know what they're doing with Doomsday... :-( Smallville has been my favorite show ever since Buffy left the air, but I'm sadly pessimistic about this 8th season.
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and... that convinced me i'm not watching this new season
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I sure hope the writers can handle Doomsday well but from the sounds of it (alter ego?!?) I'm not holding my breath.



I wouldn't mind seeing Lobo make an appearance and cause a whole butt load of destruction in a scrap with Clark.
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Is anyone else thinking about just not watching next season? I'm not a comic reader, but come on, you have to respect the source material...to have a villain who killed Superman in his prime appear in a show about young Clark (and as a human, no less!) is just wrong.

Season 6 was very disappointing. I'm not looking forward to see how they end this.
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I'll surely going to get bored again for this coming season 8. If there's still no flying from clark, i'll definitely tune in other drama.. Frustrating.. Totally..
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i think its an awesome thing that they are getting new people to the show
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They made the right choice by needing a new villion with Lex leaving, but with a little bit of effort, it could have been done correctly.
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Rubbish. Doomsday on Smallville. Come on! Keep trashing the original story with dumb moves, why dont we bring Superboy and the Legion too, or Waverider and Darkseid, oh yeah Hank Henshaw the robot. Give that dude a cape for crying out loud and end the series.
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Kind of getting farfetched?
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Please.....

Spare us another 'Clark falls for an evil skirt' story arc.... I can't take another one of those!
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I hope the writers know what they are doing. With all the people that have been introduced into the show over the years all bets are off on who and what they bring in.
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A nice try, but bringing Doomsday into Smallville is just getting desperate. He'll be about as believable as Mxyzptlk was in season 4.
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this is smallville not superman. lex never lived in smallville and clark never knew lois but i dont see you crying about those. just watch the show first and then u can go blog yourselves.
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Did Doomsday turn into Thor when I wasn't looking??
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What's this alter-ego paramedic thing? I thought Doomsday was a genetically created weapon from space... Not human at all, just a killing machine.
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So the tess idea on smallville sounds awful, lex kind of makes the show in his own way, but at least they are trying
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