Gough, Millar exit 'Smallville'


"Smallville" creators/executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar are leaving the veteran drama after seven seasons.

Co-cxecutive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson have been upped to executive producers and will serve as showrunners on the show's upcoming eighth season on CW.

"Al Gough and Miles Millar have been great partners and instrumental in the development and success of 'Smallville,'"  CW and "Smallville" producer Warner Bros. TV said in a joint statement. "Todd, Darren, Kelly, and Brian have been writing for the show for the past six seasons, and as producers for the last four years, they have played an integral role in the ongoing creative evolution of the series. As showrunners, they will continue to deliver the compelling storytelling that "Smallville" fans have come to expect and love."

Millar and Gough broke the news about their exit from the show in an open letter posted on a "Smallville" fan site.

"After much heartache and debate we have decided it is time for us to move on," they wrote. "We are incredibly proud of our work on this show. We achieved what we set out to do. We never compromised our vision."

Now in its seventh season, "Smallville," which originally launched on the WB, continues to be CW's top scripted series. It was recently picked up for fall.