Gough, Millar hang up capes


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

Executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, who have been handling a lot of the day-to-day operations on the CW series for the past year, have been named showrunners for the upcoming eighth season.

Millar and Gough, who are busy producing Disney's "Hannah Montana" feature, 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 WB Network, is the CW's top scripted series. It was recently picked up for fall.