Superman on Television
IntroductionPremiered Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 9pm.
In September 2000 the WB network announced that it was ordering up 13 episodes of an hour-long TV show featuring a teenage Clark Kent, dealing with his emerging powers prior to taking on the mantel of Superman.
Taking flight in its tenth and final season, this modern retelling of a hero's legendary origins continues to blend realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent (Tom Welling) soars toward claiming his birthright.
Clark has emerged from his darkest hour, only to find the path to his destiny blocked by ghosts from the past - shadows in the present tempting Clark toward the darkness at every turn. Despite insurmountable odds, is Clark strong enough to step into the light and claim his rightful place as Earth's mightiest protector?
As "Smallville's" epic ninth season came to a close, General Zod (Callum Blue) and his Kryptonian Army declared war on the people of Earth. Clark prevented the deaths of thousands, if not millions of humans by using the Kryptonian Book of Rao to stop the attack. The spiritual tome opened a gateway to another world, one where Clark's people could exist in peace. One-by-one, every Kryptonian on Earth was propelled across the universe, but as Clark prepared for his "ascension," Zod refused to leave. Using a blue Kryptonite dagger to make himself human and avoid being sucked into space, Zod remained behind so that he could rule a world without its guardian, Clark Kent. Having no other option to rid the world of Zod's tyranny, Clark plunged the dagger into his own abdomen, protecting himself from ascension - and exiling Zod in the process. Though victorious, Clark's win was bittersweet as he plummeted off the building and into the darkness below.
After a fateful kiss, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) realized that the two men she had been torn between all season - Clark Kent and Metropolis' heroic Blur - were one and the same. Having finally found redemption and a second chance at love, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), were ripped apart. Chloe was forced to painfully listen as the love of her life, Oliver, was abducted by mysterious assailants during his attempt to help Clark defeat Zod's Army. And Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), heir to the late Lex Luthor empire and double agent for the now-defunct government organization Checkmate, was fatally burned at Zod's hand in an attempt to right past wrongs. As Tess flatlined in Metropolis General Hospital, she was visited by a shrouded, elderly woman. The granny's motives...still unknown.
Throughout season nine, Clark, bearing the iconic S-shield of his heritage, struggled to find his place between the human world in which he was raised and the Kryptonian world he was born into. Having made peace with his dual heritage, Clark, in season ten, must now find the courage to step out of the shadows and emerge into the light. Never before has there been such a dangerous time for Clark to step into the public eye and take on the mantle of the inspirational icon he is destined to be. As the tide of sentiment in Metropolis turns against heroes, branding them as unchecked vigilantes, our defender of justice will be called upon to re-define what it really means to be a superhero. Given how dangerously close Clark has skirted to crossing the line in the name of "justice" in the past, will he truly earn the right to be the symbol of good for humanity, or will he prove the naysayers right, that no one individual can be judge, jury and enforcer.
In the midst of this turmoil, a new danger will emerge as a dark force takes on many faces, threatening Clark at every turn. Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), Clark's late, adopted father - forever and always Clark's moral compass, will stand by Clark's side as he takes his final steps toward accepting his birthright. He will need all the help he can get to fight the impending evil onslaught...the greatest darkness ever unleashed on Earth.
The season ten premiere, "Lazarus," opens mere seconds after last season's finale. Clark Kent wakes from his near-death experience, haunted by the ghosts of his past, both friend and foe. Given a new lease on life, Clark must find a way to rid himself of every last temptation, to purge himself of every last shard of doubt in his heart before he can become the beacon of hope the world needs. But a very real threat from Clark's past has returned to challenge his ascent, causing Clark to question the nature of his crusade.
Lois Lane will face her own crisis of meaning, trying to redefine her place in the world now that she knows Clark's super secret - but Clark won't discover that she knows, and that's the way she wants to keep it. Lois will try her best to keep the mild-mannered reporter at arms' length in the hopes that a life free of romantic complication will make him a better hero.
Struggling with her own affairs of the heart, Chloe Sullivan will be faced with an impossible question - how much is she truly willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? Chloe will take a tumultuous step into danger for the greater good, the hands of Fate, her only guide.
When Chloe vanishes, Oliver Queen will be forced to look long and hard at the circumstances behind it. Blaming himself for her disappearance, Oliver will begin exploring accountability for all his past actions, good and bad - what great lengths will Oliver go to in order to bring his lost love back home?
Having risked her own life in an attempt to become accountable for her own misguided actions, no one is more surprised than Tess Mercer when she wakes, alive and well, in a seemingly abandoned medical facility. But what secrets lie in wait in the recesses of "Cadmus Labs"? And how much is Tess willing to give up to seize her second chance at redemption?
"Smallville" was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
One of today's biggest breakout stars, Tom Welling started his acting career on The CW's hit show "Smallville," playing a young Clark Kent struggling to accept his emerging superpowers.
Welling made his feature film debut opposite Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the 2003 comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" and stars in its 2005 sequel, "Cheaper by the Dozen 2." He also stars in the 2005 remake of "The Fog."
Welling graduated in 1995 from Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan. While at Okemos, he performed in theatre productions. After graduation, Welling chose not to go to college but to work as a construction worker.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Welling received his first break when he was cast in a few episodes of "Judging Amy."
Welling was named one of People magazine's Breakthrough Stars of 2001. He has also received various awards and nominations, including five Saturn Award nominations for Best Actor and eight nominations for Teen Choice Awards, which he won in 2001 for TV - Choice Breakout Star, Male.
Michael Rosenbaum plays Lex Luthor, the longtime friend of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) who has now become his arch nemesis, on "Smallville."
Born in Oceanside, New York, and raised in Newburgh, Indiana, Michael Rosenbaum excelled in high school drama classes. Once hooked, he took on lead roles in college stage productions such as "The Heidi Chronicles" while attending Western Kentucky University and performing in regional theatre during his summers.
Upon graduation with a degree in mass communications and theatre, Rosenbaum headed for New York to pursue acting. He quickly landed roles in off-Broadway productions and small independent films and soon segued into regular appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in a sketch called "The Amsterdam Kids."
His first real break came when he got a series regular role on The WB's comedy series "The Tom Show," with Tom Arnold. The relationship with the network continued as he was cast as Jack in the New York comedy "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane."
Rosenbaum recently completed filming a comedy feature titled "Kickin It Old Skool," starring alongside Jamie Kennedy. Rosenbaum can also be seen in Wes Craven's thriller "Cursed," with Christina Ricci. Rosenbaum appeared in the feature film "Bringing Down the House," opposite Steve Martin. He can be seen in the independent film "Poolhall Junkies," with Chazz Palminteri and Christopher Walken. Other film credits include "Sorority Boys," with Barry Watson, and "Sweet November," with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. Rosenbaum also starred in the hit thriller "Urban Legend" and appeared in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.
Rosenbaum resides in Los Angeles. When not working, he belongs to an ice hockey league, having played the sport since childhood, and he is a dedicated New York Rangers fan.
Kristin Kreuk stars as Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) former star-crossed love, Lana Lang, in "Smallville." This season, Lana turns away from Clark as she grows closer to his nemesis, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum). Kreuk can also be seen in the feature film "Partition," with Neve Campbell and Jimi Mistry.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kreuk began acting in high school plays but focused more on her schoolwork than the stage. Fate came calling at the beginning of her senior year, when a casting director looking for new talent for the television series "Edgemont" tapped Kreuk for a starring role. It was her first professional audition, and it led to her starring on the show for four seasons.
Kreuk was recently seen in the miniseries "Earthsea," with Isabella Rossellini and Danny Glover. Kreuk is also one of the longest-running faces of Neutrogena.
Kreuk currently lives in Vancouver and, when not working, enjoys reading and spending time with friends.
Erica Durance joined the Superman legacy by portraying the iconic Lois Lane in "Smallville." In the role of the future Daily Planet reporter, Durance plays Lois as a street-smart, tough young woman who bonds with the Kent family, to Clark's (Tom Welling) occasional dismay.
Durance grew up in Three Hills, Alberta. A dual citizen of Canada and the U.S., she has guest starred in the television series "Stargate SG-1," "The Chris Isaak Show," "Andromeda" and "Tru Calling." She also starred in the 2004 pilot "Gramercy Park" and guest starred in the fantasy series "The Collector."
Durance recently completed production on the feature film "The Butterfly Effect 2," playing Julie, the central female character. In addition, Durance starred in the cable thriller "Stranded."
Durance lives in Vancouver.
Now beginning her sixth season on the acclaimed drama "Smallville," Allison Mack stars as Chloe Sullivan, The Daily Planet's newest and most eager journalist, and a longtime friend and confidante to Clark (Tom Welling).
Mack starred in the critically acclaimed cable film "My Horrible Year!" Bringing years of training and experience to the project, Mack proved to be the perfect fit for Eric Stoltz's directorial debut. The story was written and directed by Eric Stoltz and also starred Karen Allen and Mimi Rogers.
Since beginning her career at age 4 in her first commercial for German chocolate, Mack has continued to be a busy working actress with an impressive roster of television roles. She garnered much attention for her portrayal of a teenager who inflicts wounds to her wrist on The CW's "7th Heaven." She guest starred in The WB's "The Nightmare Room" and starred in "Opposite Sex," as well as guest starring in "Evening Shade." Mack also starred in the features "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves" and "Camp Nowhere."
An avid fan of musical theatre, Mack boasts talents that extend beyond film and television. She received rave reviews for pulling double duty as a choreographer and performer in "Rent" and "Chicago." As a result of those performances, she was offered the chance to make her directorial debut with Jer Bear Productions' staging of "Hair." Rave reviews from L.A. Weekly, Backstage West, The Tolucan Times and The Burbank Times all attest to Mack's diversity in the entertainment field.
Tony Award winner and five-time Emmy® Award nominee John Glover portrays the ruthless Lionel Luthor on "Smallville."
Born in Kingston, New York, and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, Glover worked off Broadway for 10 years before Jane Fonda's notorious slap in "Julia" caused audiences to sit up and take notice of this talented newcomer. Deciding to take the next step in Hollywood, Glover moved to Los Angeles, where he landed the role of brave AIDS patient Victor DiMato in the television movie "An Early Frost." His performance earned him his first Emmy® nomination.
Glover was soon cast as a series of notable villains, such as the pornographer/blackmailer in "52 Pick-Up," the mad scientist Dr. Jason Woodrue in "Batman & Robin," a manic television executive in "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" and a drunken murderer in "Masquerade." His impressive résumé also includes such box office hits as "Payback," with Mel Gibson; Woody Allen's "Annie Hall"; "Robocop 2" and "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
Glover has lit up the small screen as well, with Emmy®-nominated turns in the series "Frasier," "L.A. Law" and "Crime & Punishment." Taking his villainous streak to the extreme, Glover portrayed Satan in "Brimstone." Other television credits include the telefilms "The Tempest," "Dead by Midnight," "Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker," "An Enemy of the People," "A Season of Giants" and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Glover received another Emmy® nod for his role in the miniseries "Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder" and a CableACE Award nomination for his work in "Traveling Man."
Frequently returning to his first love, the stage, Glover received a Tony Award and an Obie Award for Best Actor in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" He was also awarded the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor for his work in "The Traveler." Additional Broadway performances include "Sorrows and Rejoicings," "Give Me Your Answer, Do!" "Tartuffe" and "Oblivion Postponed." He also starred in "The Paris Letter" at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, garnering nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama League Award. Glover recently starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally's play "Some Men" at the Philadelphia Theater Company.
Glover also provided the voice of The Riddler in the animated series "Batman."
Glover splits his time between Maryland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Striving to increase awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and raise much-needed funds for a cure, Glover dedicates his time to the Alzheimer's Association. He also funds a scholarship for actors at his alma mater, Towson University, and returns there to teach classes in his free time.
Annette O'Toole played Lana Lang, the girl Clark Kent left behind in his youth, in the big-screen feature "Superman III." Now, she has claimed a new place in the Superman saga as Clark's adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in "Smallville."
A talented songwriter as well as an accomplished actress, O'Toole and her husband, Michael McKean ("Best in Show"), were nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Music, Original Song, for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from the film "A Mighty Wind."
Born in Houston, Texas, O'Toole started dancing at the early age of 3. At 13, she and her family moved to Los Angeles, and she began taking acting lessons. Her first big break came when she starred in the 1975 feature film "Smile," as a conniving beauty pageant contestant. Since then, O'Toole has appeared on the big screen in "48 Hrs.," playing the girlfriend of Nick Nolte's character; the 1982 remake of "Cat People," directed by Paul Schrader; "Here on Earth," with Chris Klein and Leelee Sobieski; "One on One"; "King of the Gypsies"; "Cross My Heart"; and "Love at Large."
O'Toole starred in the cable series "The Huntress" and was a series regular on "Nash Bridges." She has guest starred on many series, including "Law & Order" and "Boy Meets World."
She was nominated for Emmy® and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Rose Kennedy in the television miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts." Her numerous television movie credits include "The War Between the Tates," as a student involved with her professor; "Stand By Your Man," in which she showcased her singing voice as country music legend Tammy Wynette; "Love for Rent"; "A Girl of the Limberlost"; "The Entertainer"; Stephen King's "It"; and Danielle Steel's "Jewels."
Dividing her time between stage and screen, O'Toole has performed in theatre productions around the country, including a run in Los Angeles in "Vanities" and performances of "Yankee Wives" and "Sun Bearing Down" at The Globe Theater.
O'Toole lives in Los Angeles with her family.
LOCATIONVancouver, with the towns of Merritt and Cloverdale specifically used as locations to portray Smallville.
CREWALFRED GOUGH & MILES MILLAR
(Developed for Television by/Executive Producers)
In addition to developing for television and executive producing "Smallville," Alfred Gough and Miles Millar wrote "Shanghai Knights," the sequel to their hit 2000 action-comedy "Shanghai Noon," starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu. One of their upcoming features is the "The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon," the third installment in the popular Mummy franchise starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
Gough and Millar's other feature film credits include "Spider-Man 2," staring Tobey Maguire; "Herbie: Fully" Loaded, starring Lindsay Lohan; and "Lethal Weapon 4."
Gough and Millar first made a name for themselves as students in the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
MIKE TOLLIN and BRIAN ROBBINS
As a producing/directing team, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins, executive producers of "Smallville" and "One Tree Hill," have developed a highly successful model for Tollin/Robbins Productions by remaining true to their passion for compelling narrative and their grow-with-the-flow philosophy. In its first decade, TRP was responsible for 10 feature film releases, more than a dozen successful television series and several highly acclaimed documentary films. Tollin and Robbins are a unique partnership in Hollywood: prolific producers who also both direct feature films.
TRP is one of the most prolific production companies in primetime television. They currently have four series in production: "Smallville," entering its sixth season; "One Tree Hill," entering its fourth season, now on the new CW Network; "Bonds on Bonds," a weekly half-hour series chronicling the historic 2006 season of Barry Bonds and his extraordinary pursuit to reach the milestones set by Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron; and "The Bronx is Burning."
These current programs continue more than a decade of television success for TRP. The company produced the HBO series "Arli$$," starring Robert Wuhl, which had the distinction of being HBO's longest-running original program with seven seasons. Having completed its tenth season, "All That" is the longest running live-action show on Nickelodeon and has been dubbed "SNL for kids" in addition to spawning three TRP spin-offs, including "The Nick Cannon Show," a behind-the-scenes show that blends reality-type programming with hilarious teen improv; "Kenan & Kel," a sitcom in which the stars used their crazy friendship to get in and out of humorous problems with even stranger outcomes; and "The Amanda Show," which starred Amanda Bynes in a half-hour variety show featuring recurring skits, characters and celebrity guests.
Previously, TRP produced "The Nightmare Room," Kids' WB!'s first live-action program, based on the series of children's books from famed author R.L. Stein (Goosebumps); "Cousin Skeeter," Nickelodeon's single-camera comedy that focused on a city teenager whose life is turned upside down by a wacky visiting cousin; "Hype," an innovative half-hour sketch comedy show that skewered popular culture and the never-ending media frenzy that feeds it; "Birds of Prey" for The WB; and "Sports Theatre with Shaquille O'Neal, an anthology of sports-themed dramas hosted by Shaq.
TRP also launched an exciting new action team sport called SlamBall, combining elements from basketball, football, hockey and gymnastics. After a successful two-season run on Spike TV, "SlamBall" has branched out overseas with a 23-city European tour, and the sport is poised to begin play as a national league.
TRP's current slate of television programming is under the day-to-day supervision of television executives Joe Davola, Jonny Fink and Lauren Wagner.
Tollin/Robbins Productions' feature film success lies in its ability to tap into universal themes, whether dramatic or comedic. TRP produced "Wild Hogs," a comedy starring Tim Allen, John Travolta and Martin Lawrence, directed by Walt Becker ("Van Wilder"). Additionally, Brian Robbins directed the Eddie Murphy comedy "Norbit," with Mike Tollin producing along with John Davis and Eddie Murphy. Brian Robbins directed Disney's highly anticipated remake of "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen, Kristin Davis and Robert Downey Jr. In 2005, TRP produced "Dreamer," starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, and "Coach Carter," starring Samuel L. Jackson, which debuted at number one at the box office.
In March 2004, after a very successful first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures, Tollin/Robbins Productions signed a multi-year, first-look feature film deal with Disney, expanding their relationship with the studio (they signed a multi-year television production deal with Touchstone in 2003). Paramount Pictures/MTV Films released "The Perfect Score," also directed by Brian Robbins, in early 2004. Previously, Tollin directed and Robbins produced the Revolution Films release "Radio," starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ed Harris, which won two NAACP Image Awards.
Prior to those projects, TRP's "Big Fat Liar" was a huge success in early 2002. The previous summer, TRP had two features released within a month. In August 2001, Tollin made his feature directorial debut with Warner Bros.' "Summer Catch," a romantic comedy about Cape Cod's famed summer baseball league. This film was immediately followed by "Hardball," released by Paramount in September 2001. Robbins directed this Keanu Reeves starrer about a troubled gambler who finds redemption by coaching an inner-city little league team.
In 2000, TRP produced Warner Bros.' "Ready to Rumble," a comedy set in the world of professional wrestling. The film starred David Arquette, Oliver Platt and Rose McGowan, among others.
In 1999, Paramount/MTV's "Varsity Blues" hit the big screen. Set against the backdrop of the intensely competitive world of Texas high school football and starring James Van Der Beek, John Voight and Paul Walker, this film--directed by Robbins--topped the box office charts for two consecutive weeks.
TRP's first major feature film was "Good Burger," starring Nickelodeon sensations Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. This was one of the highest grossing family films of 1997.
TRP's film division, under the day-to-day supervision of President of Production Sharla Sumpter, VP of Development Berna Levin and Creative Executive Meghann Collins, has numerous projects in development, including "Tulia," "The Art of Making Money," "The Prospect," "Counting Down," "Legendary McClouds," "Corporate Retreat," "Beyond the Blonde" and "Traded," among others.
The foundation for TRP's swift ascent was built with a series of documentaries produced after the company's launch in 1993. "Hardwood Dreams," a gripping look at inner-city sports, was narrated by Wesley Snipes and won the prestigious Crystal Heart Award, a CINE Golden Eagle and the National Black Programming Consortium's Priced Pieces Award. Snipes returned to narrate the sequel, "Hardwood Dreams: Ten Years Later," which is now available on a two-volume DVD set. TRP's second documentary project, "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream," was honored with a Peabody Award, as well as both Oscar® and Emmy® Award nominations. TRP's third documentary, "The Show," took a colorful look inside the lives of popular hip-hop/rap artists such as Run DMC, Snoop Dogg and Notorious B.I.G. This was one of the highest grossing documentaries of its year and spawned a platinum-selling album. TRP is currently in production on "The Zoo," a feature documentary that chronicles the nation's best junior tennis players on the road to the National Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and "The Real Rocky," a fascinating portrait of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the wildly successful "Rocky" film franchise.
The challenge of developing and building a television division from the ground up has defined "Smallville" and "One Tree Hill" executive producer Joe Davola's career for 20 years, making him one of Hollywood's most successful executives. Currently, Davola is bringing his enterprising management style to Tollin/Robbins Productions (TRP), with which he has served as president of television since mid-1998. During his tenure, Davola has helped establish TRP as one of Hollywood's fastest-growing entertainment providers. TRP's television projects overseen by Davola have included "Smallville," "One Tree Hill," "The Days," "What I Like About You," "All That," "The Nick Cannon Show," "Slamball" and "The Bronx Is Burning."
Davola came to TRP from "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show," where he served as executive producer during the 1997-1998 season, after a two-year stint as the co-head of DreamWorks Television. During his tenure at DreamWorks, Davola helped establish the company's programming division, supervising the production and development of all television shows, including "Spin City."
Davola began his television career aiding in the creation and development of the MTV music channel. During his seven years there, in which he rose to executive producer and head of development, Davola helped mold the network's direction by producing long-form and special live events, including "MTV Video Music Awards 1988." In addition, he created and produced MTV's first original program, "Remote Control." In 1988, Davola left MTV to join FOX Broadcasting, forming the creative development department and creating cutting-edge programming for the fledgling network. As senior vice president, Davola was responsible for the Emmy® Award-winning and critically acclaimed series "In Living Color" and "The Ben Stiller Show," as well as such specials as "The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards" in 1989 and the Billboard Music Awards, which he helped create.
Davola returned to MTV in 1993 as senior vice president of both MTV Original Programming and Development and MTV Productions. While there, he was responsible for the development of "Singled Out," "Road Rules" and "The Jon Stewart Show," and he oversaw production on "House of Style," "The Real World" and "MTV Sports." As head of MTV Productions, Davola supervised the cable channel, the home video division, the film company and the network/syndication television division.
Prior to serving in his current position as executive producer on Warner Bros. Television's "Smallville," Ken Horton was an executive producer on TNT's "Bull" and co-executive produced Joel Silver's "The Strip" as part of his overall producing deal with WBTV. Before coming to Warner Bros., Horton served as co-executive producer on "Millennium" and consulting producer on "The X Files." Concurrently, Horton was president of Chris Carter's Ten Thirteen Productions.
Before joining Ten Thirteen, Horton worked as Senior Vice President, Current Programming, at Twentieth Century Fox Television. In this capacity, Horton was responsible for overseeing activities for all programming, including "The X Files," "The Simpsons," "L.A. Law," "Picket Fences" and "Chicago Hope," and for the development of "Millennium."
Horton arrived at Twentieth following a two-year stint as co-executive producer for the hit television series "Dallas," as part of his overall production deal with Lorimar Television. He first joined Lorimar in 1983 as Director, Current Programs, and was later promoted to Vice President and then Senior Vice President of the division. While an executive at Lorimar, Horton was involved with all of the company's network programs, including "Dallas," "Knot's Landing," "Falcon Crest," "Perfect Strangers" and "Midnight Caller."
Prior to joining Lorimar, Horton served as West Coast advertising director for NBC, eventually moving into programming, where he held several executive programming positions in drama, comedy and variety.
Audition ScriptBelow is the brief audition script scene that actors were given when they auditioned for the role of Clark Kent for "Smallville." Tom Welling, since cast as Clark, used this script when auditioning and winning the role. Note: This scene was used for the auditions, and is a slightly adapted version of a scene that is actually part of the pilot episode.
The scene takes place in a graveyard, and is a conversation between Clark and Lana Lang. It's a short piece, written by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough.
CLARK: I'm hanging out in a graveyard. Does that strike you as okay behavior?
LANA: Hey, I'm here too.
CLARK: Good point. What's your story?
Lana searches Clarks eyes.
LANA: Can you keep a secret?
CLARK: I'm the Fort Knox of secret keepers.
LANA: I came out here to talk to my parents.
She points to the only well-kept plot in the cemetery.
LANA: You must think I'm pretty weird, you know, conversing with dead people.
CLARK: I don't think you're weird, Lana. : (gentle beat) : Do you remember them?
LANA: Not really, they died when I was three. Sometimes I catch: glimpses in the back of my head. But I'm not sure. : (sadly) : I never thought I could miss people I hardly knew.
CLARK: I'm sorry.
LANA: It's not your fault, Clark.
She gently takes his hand.
LANA: Come on. I'll introduce you.
She leads him towards the marble headstones that are glowing in the moonlight.
LANA: Mom. Dad, this is Clark Kent. : (to Clark) : Say hi.
Clark awkwardly puts up his hand.
She smiles, turns back to the headstones.
LANA: Yeah, he is kind of cute. : (beat) : How should I know? But it looks like he's got a lot on his mind. : (to Clark) : Mom wants to know if you're upset about a girl?
Clark shakes his head.
LANA: Dad wants to know if you're upset about a boy?
LANA: He's got a twisted sense of humor. : (turning to grave) : I missed you last week, mom, we had this big: cheerleader breakfast. You know, a mother/daughter thing. Nell came with me, but... it wasn't...
Lana breaks off, clearly too hard for her. Clark steps in.
CLARK: What's that Mrs Lang? Yeah, I'll tell her. : (turning to Lana) : Your mom wants you to know that you're never alone and, that they'll always be watching over you. No matter what. : (listens again) : Oh yeah, and your dad thinks you're a shoo-in for homecoming queen.
LANA: Did they really say all that?
CLARK: (shrugging) : They're kind of chatty once you get them started.