From 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, we have the returning show ‘Smallville” for its (probably undeserving) eighth season.

While I have followed this show through almost all seven seasons of its existence, the past few seasons have proved extremely disappointing. I mean honestly, you would think that by this point Superman would have learned to fly. Are they really that cheap on special effects?

The past season seemed to focus too much on the drawn-out relationship between Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk) and Clark Kent (Tom Welling). Every time the two of them were together, I would think to myself, ‘Seriously just kill her off already, please.” Well it looks like my wish came true. Kreuk will not be returning this season, as her character was written off the show. This gives plenty of room for the relationship between Clark and Lois Lane (Erica Durance) to grow.

In addition, the best episodes that have been done in the past have been the ones with other superheroes working together with Clark. For example, they would get Superman, Green Arrow, Flash, Aquaman, etc. together to fight the forces of evil, otherwise known as Lex Luthor.

This season, Justin Hartley, who plays Green Arrow (a.k.a. Oliver Queen) has been put down as a regular for the series, giving hope that it will go in the direction the show should have gone many years ago toward working together as the Justice League or along those lines. I’m trying to keep my expectations low for what will probably be the final season of this show, but I can’t help but have high hopes.

Following ‘Smallville,” we have ‘The Office” from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and ’30 Rock” from 9:30 to10 p.m. competing with the drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy” from 9 to 10 p.m. The two shows that I am less familiar with are ’30 Rock” and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.”

’30 Rock” has received praise from all sides for its hilarity and originality. With a similar type feel as ‘The Office,” this show dives into the behind-the-scenes life of ‘The Girlie Show,” a ‘SNL”-type television show. Tina Fey stars as Liz Lemon alongside Alec Baldwin, who plays her boss, Jack Donaghy. With three Emmy’s in the bag, what else is there to say besides the show must be a hit.

I only recently got hooked on ‘Grey’s Anatomy” but watching DVDs of the first season. However, as one of the top shows out there, this drama is worth flipping to throughout the course of the night.

Whenever I am watching the show, someone will walk in and rudely interrupt, saying, ‘This show always reminds me of how much I want to be a surgeon.” Only at UR could that really happen, but it says something nonetheless.

Rosenberg is a member of the class of 2012.



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