Someone is Coming Back to Smallville

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... [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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