Smallville back for round ten

Thanks to stable Friday night ratings, Clark Kent is back to fight another day.

smallvilleThanks to stable Friday night ratings, Clark Kent is back to fight another day. Yesterday, The CW ordered a tenth season of Smallville. Speculation mounted that The CW wouldn’t renew the superhero series, given its long run on the air and late-in-the-day renewal, but it’s expected to return this autumn.

During the past two seasons, the drama has moved closer than ever before to establishing links with the Superman mythos: Clark working at the Daily Planet, a more thorough exploration of his relationship with Lois and introducing even more villains from the DC lore.

Certainly, you’d expect a show to start showing signs of age at around the fifth season – certainly, that’s something that happened to Smallville, but it has experienced something of a creative reprieve over the past couple of seasons, what with the Absolute Justice TV movie and Brian Austin Green pitching in as Metallo.

It’s now rivaling Stargate as the longest-running hour-long sci-fi drama ever. I wouldn’t even bet that this is the final season, either – The CW hasn’t indicated that tenth necessarily means last, and, with the show still bringing in a healthy 2.5 million viewers a week, the fan base is clearly still active.