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Season 5 Smallville Screentime Totals

Just to update for anyone that is new to my LJ, or hasn't seen my posts on TWoP and doesn't know about my little project...After noticing that there seemed to be a lot less of Clark in S6, I decided to keep a running tally of the screentime minutes for all the younger cast members on the show (including Oliver).   Those totals can be found in one of my earlier journal entries.  Then, a few months ago, I decided to do the same thing for season 5 to find out if there truly was a big drop-off for Clark screentime, or whether it was my imagination.

Well, I finished the project tonight, and...it was Not my imagination.  And the drop off is significant.

But here are a few interesting tidbits as well....

Clark was the only younger cast member whose screentime minutes went down in S6 from S5.  

Although I didn't keep a tally of the minutes, Martha Kent's screentime in S5 is significantly higher than in S6.  The same for Lionel Luthor.

Lana still came in 2nd in the screentime minutes, though she was in 2 episodes less then Lex and Chloe.

Lex had the season high for screentime minutes in one episode with Lexmas, coming in at 29m, 37s.  Clark was a close second with his screentime minutes for Mortal, coming in at 28m, 17s

In season 5, Clark had 13 episodes of 20+ minutes.  In season 6, he had 3.

In season 5, Clark had no episode with less then 11m of screentime.  In season 6, he had 2.

In season 5, Clark had 20+ screentime minutes in eps 1, 2 & 3, and eps 20, 21 &22.  Making the first 3 and last 3 of the season very Clark-heavy.
In season 6, he never went over 20 for any of those eps, and in fact was below 15 minutes for episode 3, and below 10 minutes for episode 20.

The major gueststar in S5 was James Marters as Professor Fine.  He was in 8 episodes, with a total screentime of 41m, 49s.

The major gueststar in S6 was Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.  He was in 7 episodes, with a total screentime of 84m, 39s.  More then double the amount of time for James Marsters.

So, without further adieu (BTW, if there are enough people who want to see it, I'll be happy to provide episode breakdowns), here are the season 5 grand totals, and I'll put up the season 6 grand totals as a comparison

In paranthesis, I'm putting the gain/loss for each character from S5 to S6.

Clark - 22 episodes
(-64m, 10s)

Season 5 : 441m, 22s
Season 6:  377m, 12s

Lex  - 22 episodes
(+16m, 19s)

Season 5:  205m, 28s
Season 6:  221m, 47s

Lana - 20 episodes-S5, 21 episodes-S6
(+29m, 38s)

Season 5:  208m, 8s
Season 6:  237m, 46s

 Chloe - 22 episodes
(+25m, 29s)

Season 5:  194m, 50s
Season 6:  220m, 19s

Lois - 13 episodes
(+19m, 13s)

Season 5:  101m, 5s
Season 6:  120m, 18s

So, in conclusion, it seems that in season 6, there was a decision to focus on other cast members and guest stars at the expense of Clark's normal amount of storyline.


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
That is disturbing, but hopefully it'll be better this year.

A friend *cough* posted a link to this journal entry on the Hype Smallville forums in the TW thread...



You should visit there and add more comments, if you have a mind.

Aug. 13th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I don't mind if anyone wants to cross post it. Its all cool! :)

I'll try and check out that board a bit more often. I'm not sure its healthy for me to add another board to my routine though. I'm bad enough as it is. ;)
Aug. 13th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Tom wants more time off, not much we can do about that :(
Aug. 13th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I wish I felt that was really the reason, but I'm just not convinced. And that doesn't really address why his screentime isn't being used more wisely. :( :(
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Aug. 14th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm sure better writing would make him happy, or happier. Not sacrificing his character to soap opera bullshit would be a good start.

And thanks for the info Massena. I'm not entirely sure what I think about that, but thanks for the information all the same.

I do believe they are going to need to do a better job with whatever screentime they have for TW, and the character of Clark Kent, or I really don't believe they're going to have to worry so much about keeping anyone happy and around.
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Aug. 14th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
And you would think that much would be pretty obvious to a producer/writer of a television show. If there is less Clark time on SV, then its probably not such a hot idea to have him engrossed with love triangles.

The Goughlar just piss me off :-/
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
//FYI, TW wanting time off is the reason. TW renegotiated his contract for different stuff including a lighter work load. It seems they're trying hard to keep him happy bc they need him around.//

Wow. That probably explains why he's locked into a s8 when no one else is. I'm curious as to why he wanted time off. Honestly, I can't blame the guy because I've seen other actors do this after they've been a show for a long time. Plus, it seems like he's still working quite a bit, and quite frankly, it doesn't excuse them not focusing on Clark.
Aug. 15th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
I really wish he hadn't agreed to a S8. I'd really like him to get out there and spread his wings, and 8 years of playing the same character might really typecast him (though I believe thats why he deliberately flies so far under the radar).
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ya, I agree with the both of you above, re: no excuse for the lack of Clark screentime. Because, really, what makes it even worse is not just the lack of screentime, but the way in which it was utilized. There were really only a handful of eps where any kind of significant Clark development took place. I mean, you know it's bad when you start favorably comparing the first half of season 6 to the last. Because as bad as the GA overshadowing was, atleast there were some notable Clark moments. But with Clexana rearing its ugly head towards the latter half, those few notabe exceptions even whittled down, to a mere handful.

And season 8. Ugh. Dont get me started. So wrong, on so many levels.
Aug. 13th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I post a link to this in my LJ. I find it absolutely fascinating
Aug. 13th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Nope, feel free. This data is open to whoever wants it. :)
Aug. 13th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
wow, this was very interesting. i can't say i am complaining about the amount of ollie time but the rest of it was surprising. then again, not so much because in "Static" he was only on screen for about 8 minutes. :\

hopefully it will change in season 7. i hope you don't mind if i link this from my journal?
Aug. 13th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Static (7+m) and Noir(8+m) were both really low screentimes. But then again, his screentime was ridiculously high for Labyrinth. So, it really all evened out.

While in S5, his screentime was just consistently higher all the way through. His lowest screentime was for Lexmas (11+m).

And cool, link away.
Aug. 13th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I found this through someone else's journal. To me it proves that the writers or whoever have forgotten what and who the show was supposed to be about (but I think we all realized that after season three or thereabouts). Thanks for putting the time in to figure this all out. It's very interesting.
Aug. 14th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Now that I totally agree with. Screentime minutes are just that...minutes. And wouldn't be such a big deal if the show felt as though it had its center and focus in the right place. But it really doesn't.

And Wow, I love your avatar!!
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Here via svgurl.

This is a great compilation- thank you. While TW may have wanted time off, that certainly can't be the only reason he was barely in a couple of the episodes. (and TW, sweetie, you're the freaking star- you should be used to it by now. Don't kill your show.).

Because AlMiles really haven't had a clue about what they've been doing since maybe X-Ray. Maybe Hourglass. The show doesn't have to make sense. But it shouldn't be practically unwatchable. Do we really need more Lana?

But that's just my opinion.

Do you happen to have a count on Clark's, Lex's, and Lana's screen time for the earlier seasons?
Aug. 14th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Quiet Tiger

I don't have a count of earlier seasons. I had considered going back and doing them, but its a time consuming process, and with the new season starting soon (which I'll also be counting as we go), it just seems like too much of a monumental undertaking at the moment.

I have very little doubt that Lex's screentime would be the highest for S3. And I suspect Clark's screentime for S's 1-4 are probably equal or greater then S5. Lana? Hard to say.
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
You and I have already talked at length about the suckiness of season 6, wrt Clark's screentime. These comparison totals just further put things into depressing perspective. I dont think I expect season 7 to fare any better, especially with Superbrat joining the ranks, but I can't help but atleast hold out hope that qualitatively, the screentime will be better distributed.

And whaddya know, I finally made my first post here. ;-)
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Could it be...? Is this *you*? ;) EEEEE!

I do hope that AlMiles did take in some of the criticism of last season, and realize that if Clark is to be in less minutes of an episode, then its important to make those minutes count in a productive way. Not having him standing around, propping up guest stars. I actually think his reduced screentime wouldn't even have been noticeable if he was used better.

Aug. 14th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
That's my real problem in terms of his screentime last season too. Even though I appreciated the more mature Clark who seemed to have his priorities in check in the first half of season 6, I was mostly bored with the show due to him not doing much of anything (that was reserved for the GA guest star, apparently).

And then the 2nd half came, with Clark's 'arc' apparently being depressed and angry about Lexana and getting embroiled in the triangle from hell, despite him knowing about the Phantom Zoners running around and Level 33.1 experiments taking place. His priorities were out of whack. When I think back on the last half of last season, I recall more scenes of Clark expressing a desire to get to the truth behind why Lana married Lex than of him trying to find the Zoners or disrupt Lex's experiments.
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Even though I appreciated the more mature Clark who seemed to have his priorities in check in the first half of season 6, I was mostly bored with the show due to him not doing much of anything (that was reserved for the GA guest star, apparently).

Well, yeah, then there's this problem for me as well. I'm a Clark gal. I watch for Clark. And frankly, my attention starts to wander a bit when his story seems like some buried B plot. Its not that I don't like the other SV characters, its just I want Clark time.

And most definitely things were just whacked out in the 2nd half of the season. I think AlMiles just had such a boner for the idea of Clark and Lex fighting over Lana, everything else just fell by the wayside.
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Did they really cheat Clark of that much time? Unbelievable. I enjoy Lex, really, I do. But I am not as rabid a fan of MR's as some people, and I do think TW is prettier.
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm very much a Clark girl. And my feelings about Lex sort of hover in the ambivalent range. But I do feel strongly that this show should be about Clark, first, and Lex, second. And any other character should be in a supporting role. And I think that should be clearly reflected in the screentime minutes.
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