Smallville, Tom Welling

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They don't call him Superman for nothing.

The CW has renewed long-running cult-hit Smallville for a remarkable 10th season. The program, which premiered in 2001, moved to Friday nights this season, where it has significantly improved time-slot ratings against last year.

Insiders confirm that the 10th season will be a full 22-episode order; no word yet on if next year will be designed as a "wrap-up season" or if the powers that be are planning to wait and see about the ratings before making any story decisions.

So what do insiders have to say about this news? Here's what we're hearing:

The official Smallville writers account just tweeted, "SEASON 10 IS A GO!"

The show, starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, originally focused on the life of a Kansas farm kid, but in recent years the series action has moved east to Metropolis, where young Supes has begun to embrace his destiny and live the legend of America's foremost superhero.

Who knows, maybe season 10 is the year that "the blur" becomes Superman?

The CW previously issued early pickups for five other shows, including scripted Gossip Girl, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and 90210.

Are you stoked about this news? What do you want to see for Clark, Chloe and the rest in season 10? Hit the comments!

—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins


Follow Kristin Dos Santos on Twitter, @kristinalert.


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