Question: Having to wait until Aug. 1 for a new Ask Ausiello is cruel, but I'll forgive you if you promise me there will be no Lex-Lois romance on Smallville.

Answer: Um, ewww. Between the new "Daily Planet" editor and the return of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Lois' dance card will be plenty full this season. Meanwhile, the big news out of Comic-Con was the announcement that Dean Cain will be guest-starring in Episode 4 as a villain. Also, the Season 7 clips that were shown at the panel apparently confirm that Chloe is very much alive.