'Smallville' Showrunners Move to 'Melrose Place'

The LA Times officially confirmed that Smallville executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer will be leaving the show this season to head up The CW's reboot of Melrose Place. Slavkin and Swimmer were promoted to co-showrunners on Smallville this season after the exit of original creators Dan Gough and Miles Millar.

The move will allow the show's other two co-showrunners Kelly Souders an Brian Peterson to take over Smallville. However, it's still unknown whether that will happen as there's been no official word on whether Smallvllle will be renewed for a ninth season.

Whether Smallville returns for season 9 may hinge on whether Tom Welling is willing to sign on for another year as Clark Kent. However, if he leaves, there could still be hope for a Smallville spin-off involving some of the other characters, most notably Oliver Queen.

The new Melrose Place has been a hot topic ever since it was first teased several months ago. Rumors swirled that One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn would take the reins, but those proved false.

Early success and excitement for the new 90210 helped make Melrose Place a hot commodity, and now that it has two established CW showrunners, things are looking even better for the show, which still doesn't have a pilot script yet.

Smallville is currently on a brief hiatus but will return on March 5 with a new episode featuring the return of Tori Spelling.

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