Allison Mack by Timothy White/The CW
fans, consider this bullet officially dodged: Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that after weeks of tense negotiations,
has sealed a deal to return next season as a series regular!
The crowd roars
Although the specifics of the new contract — which was signed just hours ago — are being kept under wraps, I'm told it calls for Mack to appear in all episodes produced next season. As I reported
earlier this week
, the actress' reps were (wisely) using the imminent departure of
vet Michael Rosenbaum as leverage in the negotiations. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the strategy paid off.
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