Question: I'm married to a woman whose maiden name means Smurf in German. That oughta be good for some info on Smallville, right?
Answer: You had me at Smurf, Keith. As I reported in this week's TV Guide magazine (and in my Ausiello Report blog as well), Tori Spelling has been cast as the new gossip columnist at the "Daily Planet" -- and she just so happens to have the ability to turn herself into water. (Top that, Liz Smith.) I tracked down exec producer Al Gough inside the CW soiree to get more details on the camptastic casting coup. (Warning: major spoilers coming.) "It'll be our first episode back in January, and she'll be kind of our villain of the week," he reveals. "She'll be exposing the very big secrets that will be driving the second half of the season, and I can't tell you any of them. Zero." (Did you really think I'd let him off that easy?) "OK, I'll tell you one snippet," he continues. "Episode 11, which is our second episode back in January, is going to be called "Justice," and it'll basically be our first look at the Justice League. We're gonna have Green Arrow, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman, played by Alan Ritchson, who is coming back. That's gonna be our first Justice League episode." And where exactly is Wonder Woman? "Ask Joel Silver," Gough grumbles. "He's the producer; he controls the movie rights. We'd do a whole Wonder Woman series if we had Wonder Woman, but Joss Whedon is writing the movie, so we can't have her." Damn, damn, damn!