Question: As a Smallville junkie, I feel that I am entitled to know whether or not Michael McKean has been signed on to return as Perry White any time this season.

Answer: "We are talking about that," Al Gough tells me, "but if it happens it'll be in the back of the season. We tried to bring him back last year, but he was very busy [on Broadway] with Hairspray and then he did a Woody Allen play."