It feels like it’s the golden age of nostalgia TV with so many former beloved series returning to the small screen recently. Fuller House is working on season 2, the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival will premiere on Netflix in November, and the small screen version of Lethal Weapon is premiering this fall on FOX, to name just a few. While People’s Choice was attending PaleyFest in Los Angeles, we asked actor Justin Hartley, who’s now starring in NBC’s new drama, This is Us, if he would ever be interested in participating in a Smallville revival if it were to come to fruition.
Hartley, who played the character of Oliver Queen for five years on the long-running Superman-based series, says that his answer would be an unequivocal yes.
“I love those people. We had a great time,” the actor tells People’s Choice.
Hartley credits his fellow actors for why he'd want to return. Especially, the ones he felt he didn't spend enough time with while working on The WB series, including Michael Rosenbaum, who portrayed Lex Luthor.
Admittedly, it would be difficult to get a Smallville revival going as so many of its former cast members are actively starring on other series right now or in production on feature films — including Hartley, who portrays an actor struggling to be taken seriously in the buzzed about new fall drama This Is Us. Even with his new gig however, it sounds like Hartley would be willing to make time for his old Smallville friends.
Says the actor: "I miss those people! I miss Allison Mack. I miss Erica Durance. Tom [Welling]!
You can see Justin Hartley on NBC's This Is Us, premiering tonight (Sept. 20) at 10/9c.