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The pilot season has reached that stage where we get more and more casting news from projects picked up for the May showdown. Former Smallville Alumni Kristin Kreuk (who played Lana Lang) will star in The CW reboot of the 1980s series Beauty and the Beast. It's loosely based on the CBS original, this version centers on a New York homicide detective (Kreuk) who teams up with a military veteran turned into a beast by a failed experiment.Also featured in the news this week was Cassidy Freeman, Smallville's Tess Mercer, who will soon make her debut as a vampire in The CW's The Vampire Diaries. The series producer Julie Plec took the time to reveal some details on Freeman's vampire and her impact on the life of a major character.