has renewed "Smallville
" for what the network promises will be "a momentous tenth season."
The ridiculously long-running proto-Superman story joins "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl," "90210," "Supernatural" and "America’s Next Top Model" in snagging early renewal
s from The CW.
When The CW moved "Smallville" to Friday nights at the start of this season, many a fan thought the shift was merely a prelude to a mercy killing. Instead, "Smallville" has become a solid and reliable Friday night performer for The CW, improving the netlet's time period performance by 74 percent in total viewers, 200 percent among men 18-34 and 75 percent among adults 18-49.
"Smallville," which continues to star Tom Welling
as Clark Kent, has regularly won its time period in young male demos and has been known to beat FOX in the 18-49 demo on Fridays at 8 p.m. Now all The CW needs is something to air on Fridays at 9 p.m. other than "Smallville" (or "America's Next Top Model") repeats.
With each renewal, things get even more limbo-y for the long-running "One Tree Hill," plus freshman dud "Melrose Place" and critical favorite "Life Unexpected."