This Friday, the CW announced that due to an unexpected spike in ratings, Smallville, the long-running television show about a thirty year-old Clark Kent who still hasn't become Superman -- has been picked up for an eleventh season. While the current season had previously been advertised as the final run for the series, 24 new episodes will begin airing this fall.

"Smallville is an incredible success story," said Larry Lewis, the CW's Director of Genre Programming. "Over the past 10 years, we've really been able to connect with the fans, and we have them to thank thank for bringing it back for one more year. The decision to renew it for another season was based entirely on the online buzz we've seen from Season 10. People are talking about this show like never before. They obviously want more!"According to Lewis, the 11th season will feature more of the leather-jacketed semi-heroics that Smallville fans have come to tolerate, and while series regulars Justin Hartley (Green Arrow) and Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) will no longer be part of the regular cast, another character from the Superman mythos will be arriving to aid Clark Kent in his tepid battle against evil: Krypto the Superdog.

"It was literally the only thing we hadn't done yet," said Lewis. "Seriously, we tried to think, and since we already had the CGI for a talking dog laying around from Scooby Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, we figured why not? I mean, we can do anything on this show and people will just not stop watching it. It's amazing."

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