The town's annual dog show segues into a canine malfunction; Zoe worries about the impact of the accelerated physics program on her life; earthquakes affect Allison's wedding plans.[SpoilerTV] And here are some new promos that are genuinely cute, even without the memory of that free ice cream: Smallville: Lana Lang will reappear for a five-episode stint in November, in time for sweeps. She'll be back at an "inopportune" time for Clark. But before Lana shows up, Clark will be getting closer to Lois, working at the Daily Planet with her. And this also leads to some tension, and there may be a "phone booth moment" between them at some point. (What does that mean?) And Clark still won't wear any tights, but there may be some flying this season. We'll also deal a bit with Chloe's feelings for Clark, even though they can't be together. Chloe and Clark have been friends for a long time, and he wouldn't want to get in the way of her finding happiness. But feelings have a way of getting in the way, say producers. [EW] Meanwhile, Davis "Doomsday" Bloome starts out as a good guy. He's a paramedic who was raised in the foster care system and went from home to home. He's a "survivor" who is good at his job, and a really great guy. He strikes up a friendship with Chloe, but doesn't want to put his moves on her because she's already dating Jimmy. And Doomsday is too nice a guy to try and steal Jimmy's girl. (And yes, I'm totally picturing the big grey spiky creature from the comics trying to flirt now.) But then the waking nightmares start, and they bode badly for Metropolis and the whole world. Davis aka Doomsday starts blacking out and losing large amounts of time. And he embarks on a quest to find out why these blackouts are happening, and what he discovers is "horrifying," says actor Sam Witwer. He'll be on the show the whole season, and we'll eventually the fans will start to recognize Doomsday as he was in the comics. [E! Online] As the season goes on, you'll realize Doomsday is really in line with the comics' "mythology." But at the same time, he's a reimagining and a reinvention, which means no grey body with white ridges sticking out. Meanwhile, Black Canary is a big part of the season premiere. A version of the Justice League, consisting of Black Canary, Green Arrow and Aquaman, goes searching for the missing Clark. During this season, Clark will be growing into his superhero career and embracing his double identity, just as the other Justice League members are having crises of their own. Also, the producers are hoping to bring back Ma Kent. And they hope to bring back Clark's super-cousin Kara for one episode. And even though the casting sides for episode four changed the name of the guest character from "Maxima" to "Melissa," the producers still say Maxima will show up. That's the alien queen who wants to marry Superman, from the comics, in case you forgot. They describe Maxima as an "intergalactic sex goddess" who tries to "mate with Clark." [TV Guide] Stargate Atlantis: Here are some promo pics from Stargate Atlantis episodes five and six, "Ghost In The Machine" and "The Shrine." Aren't you glad Ronon didn't lose his dreads after all? [SpoilerTV]
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