'Smallville': Michael Rosenbaum not returning for final episode

smallville-lex-luthor.pngWell... we tried.

Unfortunately, it looks like former "Smallville" star Michael Rosenbaum has decided not to return to the show for one final appearance as Clark Kent's nemesis, Lex Luthor. He has turned down the offer to come back.

"He has put the show behind him and moved on," a source tells EW. "He's pursuing his other creative outlet [writing]. By all indications, he is not going to be involved."

Producers are leaving the door open for Rosenbaum to return for the series' epic two-hour finale, airing May 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Production wraps in 7 weeks, though, so if he's going to have a change of heart, it had better happen fast.

We know, we know. We hate to be the bearers of bad news. But if you're bummed, at least you can take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. Somewhere, Tom Welling is probably pretty disappointed, too.

[Update: Looks like he did have a change of heart! Michael Rosenbaum will return. More details here.]
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