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Why you should be watching ''Smallville''

Wednesdays, 8 p.m., the WB

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Why you should be watching ”Smallville”

WHAT IT IS Before he could climb tall buildings in a single bound, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) had to survive his teen years along with pals Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).
WHY IT’S GREAT In season 3 Clark is growing up fast — dabbling in ”red kryptonite” (which turns him into black-leather-wearing Bad Clark) and scrambling to hide his secrets from nosy Lex.
WHY YOU’RE NOT WATCHING You probably think you’re too grown up for a show about the early days of ”Superman.”
WHY YOU SHOULD Clark is a tortured hunk with the soul of a poet; Lana is the beautiful girl next door he yearns for. It’s like ”Dawson’s Creek” with superpowers.