Smallville will be taking a break in its filming this season, shutting production down after the completion of the 10th episode.
There will be a Fall block, a long break (where Reaper will air), and then a continuous Spring block of the show.
Though the official reason given is so that the Spring episodes can air continuously, the rumors circulating on the fan sites are different. They are more along the lines of: the show is on its last legs creatively and will be taking a break so that it can be decided whether or not this is to be the final season. If it is the final season, then there will be ample time to write a fitting final story arc for the series.
What do you think? Should this season be the end for Smallville or do you think the show has energy left?