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Michael's return to SV? (No Spoilers) [Jul. 27th, 2008|05:22 pm]
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At ComicCon today, the SV producers continued to court Michael:

Brian Peterson: “Obviously Michael Rosenbaum is one of the best actors. You definitely haven’t heard the last of Lex. The door is open to Michael Rosenbaum when he’s done going out and pursing his other endeavors.”

(This is a little presumptuous, surely? Never mind! Tell us more about the "open door.")

Here's Peterson earlier this week: "Michael is fantastic. His rendition of Lex Luthor helped make the show what it is today. Obviously, we were very sad to see him go. He's pursuing his own interests and we're hoping the door is definitely open for him to return. We've not seen the last of Lex Luthor."

(Wait - Tell me the status of "the door" again? It's open, right?)

In contrast, producer Darren Swimmer, attempted the "playing hard to get" approach:

Newsrama: With Michael are you pacing yourself on calling on him to reappear for the true end of the series?

Darren Swimmer: It’s too early to presume that season eight will be the last, so it would be premature to make any kind of a call.

(Did Tom read this and hit the roof? "What the hell????" )

Swimmer: "Once we made the shift in our minds, we moved forward with the new characters and dynamics. We aren’t constantly saying to ourselves, “Damn, I wish we could use Lex in this scene.”

This, I don't believe for one minute. I think they're suffering through a constant state of Lex-lessness and Rosenbaum Withdrawal. "Come back to us, baby...."

Producer Todd Slavkin had this to say about the show ending: “We hope that doesn’t happen for a long, long time, but when it does happen, fans won’t be disappointed…”

A "long long time"? So...five more years? They'll keep the rest of the cast hostage until Rosenbaum agrees to come back? (Incidentally, of all the producers I am most jealous of Slavkin because MR played the following practical joke on him: he discovered which room Slavkin was staying in at a spa, called him up and told him he had a "package delivery" and when Slavkin opened the door, Michael was standing there naked! This is obviously the Best Joke Ever. In my head, Michael plays this joke on Tom on a regular basis.)

Enough with producers; Time for some Pretty!



This scene in "Labyrinth" made me sob but it's great to see the boys having fun on set. Photo credit: andreas_ri


Now, Tom could be smiling at what Allison is saying or at the photographer....but since this is "Freak" and he's looking all mischievous , I'm going to pretend he's looking at his director and remembering making naughty doodles all over Michael's script. credit: andreas_ri
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2008-07-28 12:27 am (UTC)
"The door is open to Michael Rosenbaum when he’s done going out and pursing his other endeavors."

This cracks me up, because it makes it sound like it's some silly little thing MR needs to get over, rather than the serious pursuit of other opportunities. As much as I'm going to miss Michael, I kind of hope he's way too busy to even consider caving in and coming back for a single episode of Smallville, much less shave his head and have to take months to grow his hair back again. I'm still rooting for your AU idea where Lex has hair and is Clark's BFF, though. :)

Did Tom read this and hit the roof? "What the hell????"

I wondered the same thing when I read that, and I love the visual you just gave me of TW freaking out. hee! After the spin off remark at Comic Con, I'm guessing that's what they mean when they hint about additional seasons? Otherwise I maintain they're clearly delusional. *nods*

I love the Labyrinth pic! It reminds me of Michael's quote from the S6 Companion about how they couldn't stop laughing while making Nemesis. I want footage! *pouts* It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to see that MR and TW are obviously still good friends after years on the show.

I like your interpretation of that BTS pic from Freak, and I think you're probably right. Tom looks so adorable there! I love that pic. Thanks for posting the pretties, and for the update!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-28 01:20 am (UTC)
This cracks me up, because it makes it sound like it's some silly little thing MR needs to get over, rather than the serious pursuit of other opportunities.
That's it, exactly. "Oh, my man may go out and have his flings on the side....but those affairs, they don't count. And he always comes home to me."

I wondered the same thing when I read that, and I love the visual you just gave me of TW freaking out. hee! After the spin off remark at Comic Con, I'm guessing that's what they mean when they hint about additional seasons?
We need Tom to give his first interview (in what, three years?) to get a sense of his reaction to this. These producers seem to think if they say something often enough, it becomes true: Tom will re-sign for another three years, Michael will come back, the plot lines will make sense by the finale...

I love the Labyrinth pic! It reminds me of Michael's quote from the S6 Companion about how they couldn't stop laughing while making Nemesis.
The camaraderie among the cast is always so heartening!

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