Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Fans Strike Again: Allison Mack Edition...

With all of the promotional materials the publicists at the CW have been sending me for long-lived shows like One Tree Hill and Supernatural, as well as fan favorite Gossip Girl and soon-to-be-fan-favorite Life Unexpected, it's easy to get so caught up in clips by the dozen, screeners, and the occasional "as seen on TV" product ad to realize something is absent from the equation. But when the dust settles, the missing link becomes apparent: they have said nothing and more importantly sent nothing for Smallville, despite rumors floating that this ninth season might be the final one.

Now, admittedly, I do not watch Smallville. I tried it for a few episodes back when it, and it's star Tom Welling, was still fresh-faced, but I found it just wasn't for me. I'm not surprised it has managed to withstand the test of time, though, because the mythology around the show that stems from the Superman comics has been more fleshed out on-screen with interesting characters such as Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor, Justin Hartley's Oliver Queen, and Allison Mack's Chloe Sullivan.

Allison Mack. I always knew her as the tag-along to Marnette (then Marnie) Patterson in Camp Nowhere, but over the years she has matured greatly and developed a fan following that is even greater. In fact, it was intriguing to learn that her fans have been in uproar of late due to their favorite leading lady's lack of prominent storyline after nine long, dedicated years with the show. Is it because the character of Chloe was only recently introduced in the mythology of the comics (due primarily to the popularity of Mack's small screen persona), while others like Lois Lane started it all? Or is it because the writers simply created Chloe to be a supporting character, regardless of the online outcry?

No one in the media is really talking about the issue, nor the motivation behind it, most probably because the show is on its last legs and has never received much critical acclaim. Regardless, the fans want their voices heard, and not to be outdone by fans of sister shows like Supernatural (some of whom have started fundraising campaigns for the stars' favorite charities), Chloe Sullivan fans have decided that taking to message boards, forums, and social networking sites is not enough anymore. Rumors are circulating that a few very devoted and special fans will be taking out a billboard to honor Allison Mack and her talent and hard work for the last nine years. If the network, nor the show itself, won't pay respect, at least the fans want her to know she is appreciated.

Fan campaigns have driven huge things in the past-- awareness campaigns for under publicized causes, second seasons for fledging new programs, and even distribution deals for independent films based on the actors starring in them-- but this is colossal in its own respects. I will be driving around Hollywood looking for this billboard; the news of it more than has me intrigued...perhaps enough to tune in and see what all the fuss is about.

23 comments:

Elizabeth said...

thank you for showing so much needed love for Allison/Chloe she so deserves it. I'll be looking for the billboard myself.

Sandra said...

Thanks for the coverage! Allison Mack is still in through season 9, but it seems like she's been gone since the end of season 8.

Hoping for a better second half to season 9...then maybe I'll watch again

Eva said...

Thank you for covering the very under appreciated Allison Mack and her character Chloe Sullivan. Her character has been the heart of that show and it is so disheartening to see her being sidelined this season. Here's hoping that the back half of S9 gets a face lift and brings back the refreshing and talented Allison Mack to the forefront.

Bella said...

Finally some much deserved coverage of my girl Allison Mack!!!! For some reason TPTB have relegated her character to the second string quarter back when she IS the quarter back of the team, at least where the female talent is concerned on SV. Yes we all know that Tom Welling's Clark Kent is "Superman" and I use that term loosely since he hasn't been very supermanly lately, but Chloe Sullivan is the heart and soul of that aging and creatively bankrupt show.

I really hope that the writers/producers learned from their colossal mistake in the first half of S9 and honestly give up on Lois & Clark 2.0. Honestly it was done before and done better.

SV 2010 Return of The Mack!!!!

Erin21 said...

Thank you so much for commenting on Allison Mack and the fact that she rocks so much!!

Allison and her character have been downplayed this last season and is really sad 'cause is her character that have kept me a so many others in a show that lost their way a long time ago.

Tons of hugs for this!!! Be well :)

Jane said...

Thank you so much for addressing this problem with Smallville this season. Chloe's presence has been sorely missed and Allison Mack deserves much more than this.

Thanks again,
Margaret

wwg said...

Allison Mack is an excellent actress who is severely underrated and underused in s9. And Chloe Sullivan is hands-down my favorite character!

Thank you for an excellent article.

Melissa said...

Thanks for brining this to the light...Allison is amazing and had been so over looked...Her fans just want her to be recognized and praised for her hard work...she'd been there from the start...and besides TW she defines what Smallville is....thank you!!! thank you!!! thank you!!! a thousand times than you!!!!

Stephanie said...

This is, unfortunaly, not the first time Smallville producers are underestimating Allison Mack and Chloe's popularity! A mistake that, in my opinion, will come back and bite them in the but sooner rather then later!!

Thank you so much for the Allison coverage!

DeeDee said...

Ooh, bless you for this article! :-D

I'm glad someone in the media is calling out Allison Mack's appalling lack of screentime in Smallville's current season. She's a wonderful actress, and has shaped Chloe into an intruiging, fantastic character that is a pleasure to watch. Her chemistry with all her castmates is off-the-charts awesome, and she is, to be honest, what has kept me interested in the show for the past nine years.

It's been saddening to see her character gutted and her screentime drastically reduced in Season 9, and I for one won't be watching this season unless there's a turnaround in the back half episodes and I hear that her screentime and storylines pick up.

Thanks again for the article. Looking forward to seeing that billboard! :-)

dockfangirl said...

Thanks so much for the article about Chloe and her devoted fans. It's a tragedy that her screentime has been miniscule this season. I sincerely hope that the Smallville VP's keep their word and we'll get to see more of her in the back half of this year. I'll be talking a trip to LA in the spring and I hope to spot that Chloe Billboard!

Vera said...

Danielle, thank you for this wonderful post on Allison Mack and the fan's attempts to show her how much she is appreciated on the show. She has brought an amazing character to life for eight seasons and become the lynch pin in Clark's story on Smallville. Why she is being treated so badly this season in terms of storyline and screentime is definitely a question that needs to be answered. I've never seen a character so kicked around and essentially booted off the show even before the current season has ended.

Most other media outlets are blinded by the Superman story and dismiss her and Chloe without a second thought without realizing she is what makes an old, outdated story new and interesting again. Such close-mindedness is so frustrating and it's a welcome relief to read something from someone who has a different POV.

I cannot wait to see this billboard and would love to help if possible.

Nadia said...

Thank you for highlighting Allison Mack - a wonderful actress who is often overlooked by the media and the show that she's worked so hard on for 9 years! The appeal of the Superman mythology was the main reason I became interested in Smallville, but Mack's character of Chloe Sullivan was the main reason for sticking around for many years. I've lost much interest in the show not that her storylines have been pushed to the side.

I hope that Allison Mack continues to excel as an actress in all of her future endeavours!

Ms. C. said...

Thank you so much for covering this. It's been a lousy season for Allison Mack fans and she deserves the love.

The ratings are down 40% from last year. Smallville is sinking creatively and in the ratings and as someone else said, they cannot afford to keep their star player acting-wise on the bench.

I hope the producers realize what a huge mistake they've made.

Mariko said...

Thank you very much for acknowledging the disservice that the show has done to Allison Mack and her fans. I have seen every episode of this show and watched them squander their best actors in their last years and they seem to be doing the same thing to Ms. Mack. I can't even watch or enjoy the show in its 9th season with Clark a guest-star in his own show and Chloe's screen time in the single digits. Everybody knows the story of Superman already, and the character of Chloe Sullivan is the show's legacy to the mythos, as she has become integral to Clark's journey, but their friendship, a backbone of the show since Day 1, has been inexplicably removed. She has a very large fanbase as well and it is shameful the way the show has sidelined her character this year. Ms. Mack's performance has long been praised in the media, and I'm glad that other entertainment writers such as you and Mr. Holbrook are pointing out the startling changes to the show this year. I *want* to be able to tune in, but unless something improves between my favorite characters Clark and Chloe, I'll continue to tune out.

Nicole said...

This was a great article, Alison Mack is a wonderful actress and Chloe has been one of my favorite characters for years.

It's a real shame that she's become a guest on the show after 8 years of being a major part of the story.

Deb319 said...

Thank you for showing Allison Mack and her character, Chloe Sullivan, some love! I've watched the show since the first season, and a big part of the reason I became a loyal fan (until this season, at least) is Chloe.

I don't understand why the showrunners have gutted her character and cut her screentime this season, but it's a big reason why I gave up watching. Judging from the sinking ratings, a lot of other people feel the same way I do.

"If the network, nor the show itself, won't pay respect, at least the fans want her to know she is appreciated."

*Nods* I could care less about the lame, warmed-over version of "Lois and Clark" the showrunners are trying to peddle; what matters to me is *Smallville*, and both Clark and Chloe are the heart of Smallville, as far as I'm concerned. I definitely want Allison to know how much we appreciate the lovely and compelling character she created for us. :)

Again, thanks for giving a much-deserved nod to an underappreciated lady!

Amy said...

Thank you for bringing this to light. Maybe this will get the attention of PoS. Apparently the fans that left in droves, including myself, hasn't been enough. I will not sit around and watch her continue to get stepped over and on by other less interesting characters. I'm glad someone that is not addicted to the show has noticed. Thanks again!

Administrator said...

Thank you for this article.

Denise said...

A billboard? How cool! I hope someone takes a pic of it and post it online since I'm nowhere near LA. I always love postings on the net that praise Allison for her character on Smallville because the show itself shows her no love. Sure she gets to direct and that's a big deal and I'm glad she gets the opportunity to experience that but they that's as far as it goes. She gets no publicity otherwise. And it's a shame because I think she's just as beautiful and talented as the lovely Kristin Kreuk and Erica Durance.

And it's atrocious what they have done to her character since season 8. Really since season 7, but season 8 was when all the drastic more unbelievable changes started to take place. I hate what they've done to Chloe. And it's pretty obvious they did it to push the Lois and Clark envelope. This is a Superman story so I don't mind them pushing the Lois and Clark campaign. What angers me is the fact that they felt the need to downgrade, dismiss, and butcher Chloe's character to make other things happen. I wanted to pull my hair out with all the lightswitches of season 8.

Anyway, it's too late to turn her character back around, but I hope they make some progress with taking back some of the debauchery that has occurred since season 8 started.

So, rant aside, I'm glad Allison is getting some recognition and I hope to see pics of that billboard in the near future!

Denise said...

Oh. I forgot to mention that I found your article by a mention on allisonmackweb.com

Chlorine said...

hey great article, admitedly some of us chloe fans are totally insane,but thats because allison isnt just a pretty face on tv ( she is pretty of coz) but also happens to be very talented, charismatic, down to earth and hardworking individual...and im just making an understatement..whats pisses most fans off is the over pimping off lois lane at the expense of chloe, the former having a popularity card for nothing other than her boobies...smallville chey great article, admitedly some of us chloe fans are totally insane,but thats because allison isnt just a pretty face on tv ( she is pretty of coz) but also happens to be very talented, charismatic, down to earth and hardworking individual...and im just making an understatement..whats pisses most fans off is the over pimping off lois lane at the expense of chloe, the former having a popularity card for nothing other than her boobies...smalant just turn around and to a 360 erasing the history of this show...hell no!!

Chlorine said...

something went wrong with my previous post...repeated itself....