Tom Welling and Erica Durance, <I>Smallville</i> Tom Welling and Erica Durance, Smallville

The CW isn't officially showing its hand for the 2009-10 until its Thursday morning upfronts event — and I'll be there on the red carpet chatting up the young 'n' fab talent! — but one piece of not-entirely-super news looks for certain: Smallville is being shuttled to Fridays at 8, for its ninth (and perhaps final) season, sources tell TVGuide.com.  

The Smallville move serves two purposes. For one, it clears the way for the new Vampire Diaries blood-sudser to lead into Supernatural on Thursdays.  

Also, it gives the CW a Friday show with an audience of 3 million-plus, where in seasons past it was lucky to drum up 2 mil (with Everybody Hates Chris or The Game, neither of which is likely to make the cut for the fall).  

Airing after Smallville on Fridays will be an encore showing of that week's America's Next Top Model.