Someone is Coming Back to Smallville

... [Spoiler alert, but this news is all over the internet so it shouldn't actually spoil too much] Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a bald guy! Actor Michael Rosenbaum has confirmed that he will appear in the series finale of Smallville as Lex Luthor, the thorn in Superman's side. This comes after months of wondering whether the big bad bald dude would ever return to the series, causing fans of the show to call Rosenbaum mean names. He now says he's returning and "doing it for the all the fans." Awww! And it only took a couple death threats! [TV Line]

... The result of SheenGate is Two and a Half Men is cutting four episodes from its order, meaning there will only be four more new episodes shot this season (in addition to the ones that are already in the can). I believe this cuts the season order to a total of 18 episodes. The biggest losers here are (in addition to the people who actually watch this show) the crew, who will lose a lot of money if Sheen and the production houses don't reimburse them. [TMZ]

... IFC has renewed Portlandia, which two weeks ago would have been a good thing. But the last couple episodes have been, uh, what's the word? Lame. The show definitely has some good material to work with, though, so we'll see if Season 2—which received an order of 10 episodes—can fix things for the better. [NY Times]

... I already mentioned this in my analysis of Friday's Fringe, but it bears repeating: Last weekend, the series hit its lowest rating since it moved to Fridays, pulling in a paltry 1.4 rating among adults. I have a gut feeling that Fringe will be renewed for a fourth season, though, so if my opinion means anything to you, you'll put away that noose. [EW]

... Cinemax announced its first original series last week (well, its first original series that isn't just about a lonely housewife and a Latin pool boy), and today the network announced that it's already working on a second. The cable network is developing a show based on the film The Transporter. Yes, the movie starring Jason Statham. Apparently, Statham is also on board for the series. [NY Post]

... Law & Order hunkcake Jesse Martin has landed "a part" in ABC's upcoming pilot Hallelujah, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. The drama follows a small town that's battling forces of good and evil, and the arrival of a stranger who pushes things in the direction of good. [EW]

... Saffron Burrows (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has jumped aboard Bones spin-off The Finder. She'll play the female lead in the drama about an ex-military policeman who specializes in... finding things. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Steven Spielberg's Smash continues to ramp up its cast in the wake of the news that Debra Messing has landed the lead rule. American Idol veteran Katharine McPhee has joined the cast of the show about a Broadway company that's attempting to stage a musical based on Marilyn Monroe. [The Live Feed]

... Rob Riggle is starring in the CBS pilot Home Game, a sitcom based on the life of former NFL-er Mark Schlereth. Who? [THR]


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A Bones spinoff? Seriously? I love the show and all but that seems like a dumb idea to me. Also, Tim how do you not know who Mark Schlereth is? Don't you ever watch ESPN?
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Shoot! I hope it's Lana Lang!! I want to see her again!!! I'm keeping my finger crossed!!!
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A Transporter series MIGHT be worth watching. Props to Cinemax for trying!
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I knew Lex would return for the series finale
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I am absolutely ecstatic that Michael is coming back. Couldn't be happier :)
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I hope your gut is right about Fringe. And I am totally boycotting the Bones spinoff. It just sounds lame.
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Tim.... I am going to cross my fingers and toes that you are right about FRINGE!!! It is my favorite and the writers are doing such an excellent job.... come on Fox!
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Please please pleeeeeeeeeeease don't cancel Fringe! Its the best show on TV right now...this is so unfair!
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Glad that MR is back as Lex Luthor...took him long enough to decide to return for the series finale. Speaking of...the episode is really titled "finale?" what about Superman Begins? Or Superman Rises? It's a two hour episode so it'd make sense to be two words.

FOX needs to renew Fringe for a 4th season of atleast 13 episodes...that way they can order another show of 13 episodes and if that show doesn't pan out they can cancel it and add a back 9 to Fringe. I hope FOX realizes how much of a gem it has here with Fringe.
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It sucks that there will be less Two and a Half Men episodes.
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If The Transported Series has Jason Statham, awesome!!! If not, whatever... As for Fringe, it's one of the most awesome tv series out there so I truly hope FOX does the right thing for once and renews this masterpiece!
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Great, I'll watch the Smallville Finale, since I stopped watching after he left and the show turned to mediocrity. Also The Finder sounds awful....a guy who finds things?
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I was really interested in the Bones spinoff until I heard Saffron Burrows was joining it. Can't stand her as an actress.
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I'm glad Michael Rosenbaum is returning to Smallville for, at least, one episode. Also, I'm happy to hear that Jesse Martin will be coming back to TV.
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I've really missed the Luthors on the Smallville, i'm glad they are bringing Michael Rosenbaum back as Lex for the finale
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ALL shows were WAY down last Friday, not just Fringe. So that means they (the networks) are going to cancel everything that was up between 8PM and 10PM that single night? No. So...
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lex, awesome, sweeeeeeeeeet
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I haven't heard about Michael Rosenbaum, I'm so happy to know that he will be in the last episode. Best Lex Luthor ever!
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Great news Michael is back even for just a few episodes, He is a great actor :)
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I think it's great that Michael Rosenbaum's coming back for the smallville finale! It's only fair since the show was never the same without Lex! But I wonder if he'll come back as the REAL Lex or this Superclone of Lex that seems to have Clark's invulnerability. We'll have to wait and see!
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The Transporter: The Series - if they don't also include the gal from No3 then I'm defn onboard with this idea. :)
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Uh, I love Rob Riggle, but hate CBS. Especially CBS shows that sound like crap. But Good News about... uh... Hey, Cam and Mitchell: TV.com's favorite on-screen couple!
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what i'm wondering is if hardly anyone watches Two and a Half Men then why does it supposedly have ridiculously high ratings?
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Onion News Network/SportsDome!
Simply hilarious!!!!!!!
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Well there's a shock (About Rosenbaum returning to SMALLVILLE) It was obviously going to happen all along and The CW and MR probably did the whole "will he won't he" thing to drum up extra publicity!
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That's great, smallville went straight downhill since he left. I'm glad he's returning.
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