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James MarstersJames Marsters Stakes Claim to "Smallville" Tv Show
By Rick Porter
Saturday 23 July 2005, by Webmaster
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) For all the things vampire Spike was on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," one thing he typically was not was the sharpest stake in the drawer.
That’s about to change for the man who played him, James Marsters.
Marsters will join the cast of "Smallville" this season, playing a classic villain from the DC Comics universe: Professor Milton Fine, better known as Brainiac. The WB confirmed a percolating rumor of Marsters’ casting Friday (July 22) at the Television Critics Association press tour. The "Smallville" stint may not be the only work on The WB for Marsters. Network head David Janollari says he would "gladly" do a TV movie featuring the Spike character if Marsters and "Buffy"/"Angel" creator Joss Whedon want to do one.
In addition to Brainiac, the fifth season of "Smallville" — which moves to the ultra-competitive 8 p.m. ET Thursday spot this fall — will feature an appearance by fellow DC hero Aquaman (not played, unfortunately, by "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier, who’s on the verge of filming an "Aquaman" movie in that show).
"He dates Lois Lane [Erica Durance]," says series star Tom Welling, who made the announcement to the assembled critics. "That’s not on here, but I’m going to tell you that anyway."
Also this season, Tom Wopat will reunite with his former "Dukes of Hazzard" co-star, John Schneider, for an episode. Wopat will play a childhood friend of Jonathan Kent’s (Schneider) who’s now a state senator.
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