Kristin Kreuk & Michael Rosenbaum to Leave "Smallville"
"Smallville" may have just been renewed for an 8th season, but two of its principal stars will no longer be regular cast members. Can CW's young Superman drama survive without Lana and Lex?
According to TV Guide, two original cast members - Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) opted not to renew their 7-year contracts and return as series regulars next year, but are open to several guest starring appearances, the details of which are being negotiated.
The producers may have expected this development as most marketing efforts this season focused on two more recent female cast members who play crucial characters on the show - Erica Durance, who came on board in season 4 as Lois Lane, and Laura Vandervoort, who joined the show this year as Supergirl.
A long-time regular male cast member is expected to be killed off for good in the first of 5 post-strike episodes, that airs on Thursday, April 17. Could it be John Glover's psychopath Lionel Luthor who turns evil all over again? The actor was rumored to be contracted for season eight, but anything is possible.
In its 7th year, "Smallville" is CW's top-rated scripted drama averaging 3.86 million viewers per week. Last season the show averaged 3.98 million viewers. The show's 7th season finale airs on May 15.