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'Smallville' alum Allison Mack to guest-star on 'The Following'

The Following will stage a Smallville reunion in season three. Allison Mack has landed a guest-starring role on the Fox drama, EW has learned.

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Justin Hartley on going from 'Smallville' to 'Emily Owens M.D.' -- VIDEO

Justin Hartley is no stranger to Vancouver. In fact, he got to know it well after several years working on the CW’s Smallville, playing the Green Arrow before the CW made a whole show about the Green Arrow.

These days, Hartley is back on the north side of the border, but this time, it has nothing to do with arrows and fight scenes. He’s still saving lives — but in a more conventional way.

Hartley plays surgical intern Will Collins on the new CW medical comedy-drama Emily Owens M.D., which premieres tonight. And if you ask the actor, it was just the role he was looking to take. “I loved doing the drama [on Smallville], but I was looking for some comedy to do — something funny. But I didn’t want to get away from the drama, because I like the drama,” he says, adding that Emily Owens holds a perfect marriage of the two.

Quirky Emily has the hots for Will. Will likes someone else. Someone else likes Emily. It’s complicated, to say the least. With even more drama to come. “It’s very sophisticated and smart, and well thought-out,” he says. “It sounds cliche, but you literally can’t wait to get the next script just to see where the story goes [and] not just your character.”

He loves it so much, in fact, that he wouldn’t mind stepping back behind the camera (as he did for Smallville) to direct an episode. For more on that, watch a part of our on-set video chat with Hartley below: READ FULL STORY

Stars from 'Walking Dead,' 'True Blood,' more take the stage at EW's Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel

As a big supporter of strong women, Entertainment Weekly brought together some of entertainment’s most bad-ass females for a panel during San Diego Comic-Con. Moderated by EW’s Lynette Rice, the Women Who Kick Ass panel featured Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast, Smallville), Nikki Reed (Twilight, Breaking Dawn), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Anna Torv (Fringe), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), and surprise guest Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) for a wide-ranging chat about stereotypes, the challenges that come with playing a tough woman, and…going to jail?! Read on for the highlights:

+ FREE LUCY Lawless, who was arrested in February after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand, told the crowd that she’s not sure what will go down at her sentencing on Sept. 12, but admitted, “I am guilty — of trying to save the environment!” Massive cheers erupted. READ FULL STORY

'Smallville' alum Kristin Kreuk lands lead in 'Beauty and the Beast' reboot

EW has confirmed that Kristin Kreuk, a.k.a. Smallville‘s Lana Lang, has been cast in The CW pilot Beauty and the Beast. The show, inspired by the late ’80s Linda Hamilton-Ron Perlman series of the same name, will follow New York homicide detective Catherine (Kreuk) who discovers an unlikely ally in Vincent, a military vet turned into a beast by an experiment gone wrong. Forced underground by his appearance, the Beast acts as an avenging angel — including killing the man who murdered Catherine’s mother nine years before.

Ron Koslow, who created the original series, will return as Executive Producer alongside producers Paul Junger Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Bill Haber, and new producers (and pilot scribes) Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. The CW’s reboot will face off against another Beast pilot ordered by ABC last month. Gary Fleder, who is directing The CW’s pilot, will also executive produce ABC’s take on the “tale as old as time.”

Read more:
The CW’s hot pilots rundown: ‘Selection,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ more
TV pilots mega list: Cops, magic, and cults for fall
‘Beauty and the Beast’ pilot ordered by ABC — now there are two!

'Smallville' producers talk Michael Rosenbaum's exit, Lex's legacy -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Smallville fans remember the end of season 7 well — it’s when the superhero show bid farewell to series regular Michael Rosenbaum and, subsequently, Lex Luthor. And as this EW exclusive clip from Smallville: The Complete Series shows, there was never anyone quite like him ever again. In this tiny sliver of the 192 hours (!!) of content on the DVD set, which hits shelves Nov. 29, executive producers and fellow actors reflect on Rosenbaum’s unforgettable turn as the iconic character. EP Greg Beeman perhaps says it best: “Every once and a while a part comes along that an actor was born to play, and he was born to play Lex.”

Check out more from the DVD extra below! READ FULL STORY

'House,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Good Wife,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Roomies, I hope this scoop finds you well!

Quick reminder before your healthy helping of scoopage: Team EW will be at Upfronts next week, so be sure to send your burning questions for any stars/suits on hand to spoilerroom@ew.com. (Nothing is too small or geeky to be asked!) Or follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute action: @EWSandraG. Also, summer TV is upon us! Start getting those questions in!

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‘HOUSE’ GOES OFF THE CLOCK – AND IT’S DISGUSTING(LY AWESOME)
The penultimate episode of House takes us behind the curtain of our favorite doctors’ lives – and let’s just put this out there: These people are highly troubled. Oh, but that’s why we love them. READ FULL STORY

Season finale alert! When to expect goodbye episodes from 'Survivor,' 'Chuck,' and 'Saturday Night Live'

Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).

Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY

'Smallville': Justin Hartley on his directorial debut, tonight's cliffhanger, and Oliver's return after 'nesting' with Chloe

So when I talked to Justin Hartley about tonight’s episode of Smallville, “Dominion,” which also happens to be the actor’s first directing effort, he was excited, to say the least. You wouldn’t think that this was a freshman director poised to make his big debut with one of the final episodes of a decade-old cult television show. But it’s Hartley’s passion that makes me think we’re in for a real treat tonight. And hopefully after reading this chat with the 34-year-old actor/director — where he talks about everything from his biggest challenges to his character’s return — you’ll agree. (And hopefully I’m not the only one who sort of swooned when he used the word “nesting” to describe Oliver’s life with Chloe.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like taking your first turn in the director’s chair on one of the last episodes of Smallville ever?
JUSTIN HARTLEY: For me, it was a bit scary. [But] as soon as I stepped on set, from the very first moment, I was very comfortable. I realized that’s because that’s where I’m comfortable. It’s the prep —  the meetings, the tone meetings, all that stuff — that I’m not that familiar with. That was a bit intimidating at first. So I’m thankful that it was one of the last episodes because I got an opportunity to watch more closely each director leading up to my own. I actually went to Vancouver — I live in L.A. and wasn’t in the episode previous to “Dominion” — way before [I directed]. Mike Roland is one of our directors and I watched a lot of what he was doing. I’ve seen the episode and it’s pretty phenomenal. All Smallville episodes are “epic,” but I don’t think this was one of the “big deal” episodes, and I think it turned into one. Hopefully I had something to do with that. READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds,' 'Supernatural,' 'Castle,' 'NCIS: LA': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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Lords and ladies of the Royal Spoiler court, your TV scooper has taken a break from her shameless obsession with the Royal Wedding to bring you a spot of TV scoop fit for Royals and commoners alike.

Quick programming note to all the lovely readers who contacted me thinking I was dead/injured/buried alive on Tuesday when you were hoping for a Spoiler Room: We are on summer schedule, meaning you’ll get the column once a week until fall season. But perhaps I’ll pop in on some Tuesdays with special treats (“perhaps” = “of course!”). And as always, keep a close eye on ITV for daily scoopage.

On to the fun! As always, you great people can send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter. See you next week!

‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ FINALE WILL TACKLE BAU’s UNCERTAIN FUTURE

With some key cast members of Criminal Minds still without contracts for next season (i.e., Shemar Moore and the beloved Thomas Gibson), exec producer Erica Messer has penned a cliffhanger for the May 18 finale that will nod to the team’s shaky future — but not with guns and explosions. It will tackle the financial realities of crime fighting — and possible cutbacks in BAU. “It’s a more authentic version of ‘Our team is in jeopardy,’ ” she says. “This instead is, ‘There could be big trouble here, hopefully not,’ but we need to at least acknowledge that it’s on the horizon.” READ FULL STORY

First photo: Lex Luthor and Clark Kent reunited on 'Smallville' -- EXCLUSIVE

Reunited and it feels so good: Below is the first pic of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor facing off in the series finale of Smallville. In fact, there’s two large photos from the finale featuring the return of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex, which airs its two-hour closer on Friday, May 13. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

'Smallville,' 'Fringe' ratings slip; 'FNL' rises

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The CW’s Smallville and Fox’s Fringe dipped in the ratings Friday night, even as NBC’s Friday Night Lights rose.

Perhaps the Easter holiday weekend was kryptonite to the Man of Steel, which fell 10 percent in the demo for an episode titled “Booster.” Supernatural remained steady with the week before and ABC’s Shark Tank slipped 7 percent from last week’s season high.

CBS won the night with Girl’s Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special (8.4 million viewers, 1.6 preliminary adults 18-49 rating). If it seems like there’s a ton of country music specials and award shows, you’re right — it’s because they always manage to pull a decent rating. READ FULL STORY

'Smallville': Eric Martsolf on arrival of Booster Gold, Tom Welling's directing skills

. He just has this giant smile on his face and goes, ‘Boooooster.’ And I go, ‘Claaaark.’ It was like we instantly had this understanding about how these guys should get along,” Martsolf says. “It was like two kids in a candy store.”

In a chat with EW, Mansolf talks about getting his chance to play Booster Gold, working with star Tom Welling — who also directed tonight’s aptly titled episode, “Booster” — and even touches on the cancellation of two legendary soaps.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like bringing Booster Gold to life? On the show he’s kind of a trip — has a bit of an ego. READ FULL STORY

'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' 'Burn Notice,' 'The Killing': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

What a lovely day it is for television news, Roomies!

I’ll keep today’s usually-rambly intro short: You want scoop? Ask! All you have to do is email me at spoilerroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter (@EWSandraG), where you will see I’ve already started celebrating Supernatural‘s upcoming Western episode (see below for scoop!). Don’t see yours below? Come back Friday; there’s a good chance it might be there then.

Enjoy!

‘SMALLVILLE': BOOSTER GOLD’S BIG ARRIVAL … AND BIG EGO

Smallville‘s better-than-ever farewell season continues Friday with the appearance of Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes in an episode that will have both fans of the mythology and beloved Clois squealing in delight. As teased in previews, the episode indeed features an iconic phonebooth transformation (but not into the full tights-and-cape). The moment is all you’d hope it to be, but what got this nerd really excited? The steps that were taken toward creating a critical part of mythology: our hero’s name. Also great: Lois’ interactions with Jaime, Clark’s almost child-like reaction to Booster douche (who is actually as frustrating as he his hilarious), and the arrival of clumsy Kent. Take it all in, Smallville fans, because we’re in the homestretch. Luckily, the show’s been making it more than worth the 10-year investment. READ FULL STORY

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