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Friday, October 31, 2003

SMALLVILLE UPDATE

The WB revealed plans for its November sweeps, including episodes of Smallville.

Following is a rundown:

"Relic," on Wednesday, Nov. 5

Lana's (Kristin Kreuk) great uncle (guest star Tom Heaton), who was convicted of murdering his wife 40 years ago, shows her a picture of the man he believes really killed her aunt, and she is shocked to discover the drifter looks just like Clark (Tom Welling). Sure that the man is Jor-El, Clark's investigation leads him to a kryptonian medallion that allows him to see bits of the past -- and the life that Jor-El started for him long before he arrived on Earth.

"Magnetic," on Wednesday, Nov. 12

Clark is suspicious when Lana (Kristin Kreuk) suddenly becomes attracted to a fellow student (guest star Kevin Zegers) and begins to act rebelliously, which eventually lands her in jail. Clark's suspicions are confirmed when he discovers Lana's new boyfriend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter human emotions, but when he tries to free Lana from the paranormal hold that is controlling her, she tries to kill him. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) discovers Chloe (Allison Mack) has been delving into Lionel's (John Glover) past and tries to get her to join forces against his dad. Singer-songwriter Josh Kelley performs.

"Shattered," on Wednesday, Nov. 19

Lex locates Morgan Edge (Patrick Bergin) and gets him to admit to dirty dealings with Lionel, but before Lex can take it to the authorities, someone tries to kill him at the mansion. Barely surviving, Lex flees and asks Clark for help. However, when Clark returns to the mansion to investigate he finds nothing amiss, and begins to wonder if it really happened, especially after Lionel announces Lex has had a psychotic break and must be institutionalized.

In other Smallville news:

Wednesday's episode, "Perry," continued a ratings performance as Smallville continued to be one of The WB's strongest series. The episode ranked No. 2 in its time period among adults 18-34 (3.7/11), persons 12-34 (3.7/11), men 18-34 (3.6/12), men 12-34 (3.7/12) and men 18-49 (2.8/8). The series was also No. 3 in women 12-34 (3.6/11) and No. 1 in teens (3.6/12). Smallville improved its time period year-to-year compared to the parallel week last year in all key demos, including +28 percent in adults 18-34 (3.7/11), +32 percent in persons 12-34 (3.7/11), +38 percent in adults 18-49 (2.9/8), +50 percent in teens (3.6/12) and +71 percent in total viewers (6.7 million).



JEREMIAH UPDATE

Scott Rosenberg, executive producer of Showtime's Jeremiah, said that viewership is growing this season.

"As we head toward the Jeremiah 2003 season finale Nov. 7, our viewers are growing in numbers with each episode including an over 50 percent, increase in its time slot from...even the premiere," Rosenberg said.

"We don't have a date yet for Jeremiah's 2004 season, but it'll be at least 8 episodes, and Išll let you know as soon as I know."

Showtime will air two episodes of Jeremiah on Friday, "Deux Ex Machina" at 10 p.m. (ET) and "Rites of Passage" on 10:45 p.m.

In "Deux Ex Machina," Markus struggles to achieve consensus among the factions that could rebuild the country sends Kurdy, with a new partner, to rescue some of the delegates who have fallen into very tough hands.

The episode was written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Mike Vejar.

In "Rites of Passage," Theo looks to the future with apprehension while Jeremiah, with his father finally visiting Thunder Mountain, ponders the past. He has a lot of questions, but will the cost of the answers be too high?

The episode was written by Sara Barnes and directed by Martin Wood.

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DREAMWAVE PRODUCTIONS FOR JANUARY

Dreamwave Productions has released its solicitation information for January.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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HELLBOY TRADES GET FACELIFT

To celebrate the release of the Hellboy movie, Dark Horse and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola have designed new editions of all five Hellboy graphic novels.

The new editions feature new cover art by Mignola, a bolder title treatment on the front cover and volume numbers on the spines.

According to Hellboy editor Scott Allie, that the changes came after urging from comics retailers, and are designed to make the books as accessible as possible to a new audience resulting from the Hellboy movie.

The new trades are scheduled for a Feb. 4 release and will cost $17.95.

In other Hellboy news, the film's official web site has been updated with new images, wallpapers and other content.



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MUTANT X LAWSUIT

Marvel Enterprises issued a release Friday morning, rejecting allegations made by Tribune Entertainment in a lawsuit over the Mutant X television series.

Tribune filed suit against Marvel for at least $100 million. Among the allegations were that Marvel made statements that were "fradulent and negligent," misrepresented its rights that led to a lawusit with 20 Century Fox over conflict with X-Men rights and that Mutant X's success was hampered because storylines had to be distanced from X-Men.

Marvel statement's said:

"In response to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by Tribune Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of the Tribune Co., Marvel Enterprises, Inc. stated that Tribune's claims are without merit and that Marvel looks forward to vigorously defending the action. Marvel is reviewing a range of possible legal actions in addition to its active defense. Marvel does not intend to make any further public comment on the litigation at this time."

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BRIEFLY

  • Oni Press will collect Midnight Mover into a 120-page, black-and-white trade paperback on Jan. 21. The 2003 mini-series was by Gary Phillips, Jeremy Love, and Jeff Wasson. Featuring a cover by Mike Huddleston, the digest-sized book follows escort bodyguard Danny Shaw on a descent into a pit of porn, lost dreams, and secrets held dear as he tries to climb his way out alive. The book will cost $11.95.

  • Coming Saturday: News from Las Vegas convention -- and much more!!!



    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 24, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 23, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 22, including DC Comics first looks and Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 21, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 20, including Star Wars and Halle Berry news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 18, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 17, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 16, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 15, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 13, including Hulk and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 11, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 10, including Dark Horse's solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 9, including Avengers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 8, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 7, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 6, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 4, including Star Wars news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 2, including Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 1, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 30, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 27, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 26, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 25, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.


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