Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for The CW, confirmed that the network's not quite finished with Smallville, though it's been reported that the upcoming ninth season might be its last.
"I hope it's not the last season," Ostroff told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., today. "I think the producers have done a great job coming up with really good storylines this year, but I do think the show still has a lot of life yet to it."
Smallville moves to Fridays this fall, when Ostroff wants to use the long-running series to anchor a new night of programming (WWE Smackdown previously ruled The CW on Fridays).
"This is the first year we're actually migrating all of our viewers to Friday night," Ostroff said. "We felt the best way to open up Friday night was with a big established hit like Smallville."
Ostroff is also holding the door open for the return of Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor for several seasons but recently left the show. "I wouldn't rule it out, but I don't know if it will happen this season," she said. "I don't know if we really actually had a conversation with Michael, but I think the idea was to keep the character alive and make his presence really felt."
Supernatural, which was Smallville's companion series on Thursday nights, also continues to go strong. "We hope Supernatural will go on," Ostroff said. "Eric Kripke's done a great job with the show. Creatively, the show has gotten stronger every year. The cast is wonderful, so we're hopeful it will stay on the air for a long time."
Smallville returns Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Supernatural returns Sept. 10 at 9 p.m.