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Smallville in TV Guide
Smallville is featured in the February 1-7, 2010 issue of TV Guide with a two-page spread on Absolute Justice! The article is by Damian Holbrook, and it has quotes from Justin Hartley, Geoff Johns, Brian Peterson, and Kelly Souders, along with some awesome images.

There's more love for Tom Welling in the article:

Off camera, things were just as explosive, as the entire Smallville crew took action to make the movie happen, including Tom Welling, who directed the second half. "He is extremely gifted," says Hartley of his costar's helming chops. "He has vision, knows what he wants... and at the same time, he'll ask for help if he needs it. He's a pleasure to work for." Adds Johns, "To have Tom come in and do the second hour was great. He's been on the show the whole time, so it's cool to see how he approaches the material."

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polytikal put my two scans together into one image! ♥ Click the thumbnail for BIGGER:

ETA: Or read the article online HERE.

Plus another interview with Justin Hartley, from TV Guide Magazine's web site!

Smallville's Green Arrow Shoots From the Hip
by Damian Holbrook
January 26, 2010 04:52 PM EST

Smallville finally ends its cruel November-til-February hiatus this week with an Ollie-centric episode that reunites the Emerald Archer (Justin Hartley) with a face from his dark past. And since fans are already frothing over next week’s “Absolute Justice” movie event, we figured this was the perfect time to talk to the hilarious Hartley about his character’s upcoming adventures…and possible on-screen entanglements.

So just when it looked like Oliver was finally getting back to his happy place, here comes his old mentor to mess things up? How bad does it get?
Yeah, the Dark Archer. He’s this guy from his past, and he’s sort of looking for Ollie to do something for him that he’s not cool with anymore and Oliver is like ‘Yeah, no.’ Then, at one point, arrows are flying everywhere. Lois gets hit. Chloe gets hit.

Yikes. It’s a bloodbath!
Well there’s this code. See, he was my trainer, and there was this code. “Never have any lovers, friends or allies.” So to get to me, he targets them.

And how does all of this Dark Archer stuff impact Oliver? Will we ever see him as that charming guy again?
Well…I like to think I’m always charming! [Laughs] No, I have always said let this guy be f---ed up, let him have flaws. At least he knows that about himself. And I think part of that downward spiral [he was earlier this season] was him second-guessing himself. Instead of asking questions, he just said ‘Well, this must be who I am then. I must be a loser.’ But by facing his demons, literally someone face-to-face from his past—and coming out on top—that kind of reinforces the fact that he’s not a loser. He doesn’t have to be that guy.

And it seems that all season, Chloe and Lois and even Clark have been trying to save Ollie by telling him what he is. ‘You’re a good guy, you’re a hero.” But now, with the Archer, he’s able to finally see what he isn’t.
Right! Like, were his friends just pumping him full of smoke? It’s all on Oliver’s lap…and there is a very cool little save that happens with Clark, but it’s not one of those things where his friends have to keep telling him he’s OK anymore. It’s a cool way to put an end to all of that.

Do you factor into “Warrior”?
The one Allison [Mack, Chloe] directed? I do, a little bit. There’s a pivotal scene, but it’s a little scene…I’m just glad I got to work with Allison.

How was she as a director?
She’s fun! I mean, she’s a royal pain in the ass, but aside from that, she’s terrific. [Laughs] I’ve always said that she’s a smart person, and she did a great job. People are saying it’s great. I told her ‘I’ll apologize in advance for bringing your show down a bit, but even with me in it, it’s pretty good!’ [Laughs]

You also get some fun work with her in “Absolute Justice,” right?
Yeah. It’s not like a CSI or anything, but there’s a little bit of a procedural with us as two detectives trying to figure out what’s going on, to find clues.

You realize that every time you two appear on screen together, there’s some mad chemistry, right?
Oh yeah. [Laughs]

So what can you tell me about either of your upcoming relationships?
We’re working a lot together, I can tell you that. Hopefully whatever we do…that whole thing is out of my hands. That’s up to the writers and producers. But once you get the material, finding any kind of chemistry and anything interesting in that relationship [is the key] and hopefully they’ll like what’s going on. It’s not for lack of effort. I think we’ve been given good material and so far it’s been fun working with her. We’ll see what happens.

Should fans be ready to play more of the Green Arrow Drinking Game, where they take a shot for each shirtless scene in the next batch of episodes?
Um, let’s see…[Laughs] Man, I am naked so often on this show! In “Disciple,” I think you’ll be doing a couple of shots, but you might want to do half-shots, because I lost a lot of weight. I’ve been working a lot and didn’t get to the gym, so you should probably do half-shots. But the good news is you can do three or four of them. [Laughs]

Will any of your female costars be in those scenes?
Always! I’m not going to walk around naked by myself! [Laughs]

Where does Ollie fall into the Amanda Waller/Checkmate stuff?
Right now, he’s privy to all of it and he’s on the quest to figure out what they’re up to and put an end to all of it. I think he and Clark are going to start working together on that, which is cool, I always love working with Tom.

Finally, Clark and Oliver, together again!
It’s fun, isn’t it? Instead of the two of them bitching at each other, to have them actually working together? Yeah, you’ll be happy.

For more on Smallville and "Absolute Justice," pick up the new issue of TV Guide Magazine.


And finally, a promo pic, posted on Twitter by @LilMissX:

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm very hopeful that this story, although full of colorful and exciting characters, centers on Clark. In any case, between the actors I love, the costumes and artifacts, and the action, it looks awesome!

I can't wait to see some HQ episode stills. I've got my fingers crossed for BTS shots of Tom directing.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: January 26th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the links! I'm liking the image of arrows flying absolutely everywhere & sporking bystanders!

I'm more than ever convinced that Justin lurks online - he knows the right talking points: Tom & man-on-man action! Love the photo of Ollie being straddled by Hawkman.

Very nice, as always, to see Tom's directorial skills praised. Dare we hope the big guy himself might give an interview next week? *hopes*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm liking the image of arrows flying absolutely everywhere & sporking bystanders!

I'm excited to see a fight sequence directed by Tom! That must have been fun for him.

I'm more than ever convinced that Justin lurks online - he knows the right talking points: Tom & man-on-man action!

When I first read the words, "Hawkman kind of has his way with him," I couldn't stop laughing. Now I'm imagining Justin reading slashy Smallville fanfic. ;)

Dare we hope the big guy himself might give an interview next week?

Wouldn't that just be the icing on the cake? *sigh* I was thinking, since this movie will probably work as a stand-alone double episode, that they should release it as a separate DVD, with some cool extras. We've already heard that Geoff Johns did a commentary with Richard Donner, and that's wonderful, but I want a commentary with Tom. And Smallville has had double commentaries before, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: January 26th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow very cool! Thanks for posting this T! I love the spread and the nice words about Tom. *Swoons* It's always great to know he's such a wonderful person off camera and to work with.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that we're seeing the show promoted for this special event, and Justin's a sweetheart to do all these interviews. He's always so generous to his fellow actors, and I appreciate that he has such high praise for his director. It just reinforces my already strong belief that Tom is an amazing man, of many talents.

Now, where are all the pretty promo pics of our boy? :)
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: January 26th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for posting this! My stupid TV Guide almost always comes on Thursdays, so now I have to wait two days for this! Bummner, I miss NY, my TV Guide always came on Mondays, maybe Tuesday! (And yes, I remember that. I've always been a TV Guide addict!)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I ran home at lunch to retrieve my copy from the mail, I couldn't wait! :) And of course I had to share. It's such a treat to see Smallville featured this way.
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: January 26th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the scan! I'm thinking of watching this episode :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
It seems like it should appeal to a wide range of viewers, and it certainly looks like fun! I'm ready for an episode that's all about mythology, action, and heroics. I love that stuff! :)
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: January 26th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't thank you enough for posting the scan!!!

It is nice to see further comments on Tom's directing skills which makes me even more excited for Absolute Justice. I can't wait to see what he does with it!

Now all we need is an interview from Director Tom ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't thank you enough for posting the scan!!!

It's my pleasure! The best squee is a shared one. :)

I can't wait to see what he does with it!

I think this must be the biggest challenge Tom has faced as a director, and I'm sure it will be his greatest triumph as well. I hope he had a blast doing it.

Now all we need is an interview from Director Tom

How I would love a peek into his creative process!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: January 26th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for scanning and posting the new TV Guide article and Justin's other interview too! *hugs*

I appreciate the sneak peeks on Twitter, but I think it's kind of annoying for the spoiler folks to hold information hostage until they get more followers. Maybe that's just me being grumpy though?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they're just trying to get people excited and charged up, but I'm impatient for more pics! :) Oh, well, I won't be satisfied until I get the HQ versions anyway, and those don't come from Twitter. ;)

I wonder if we'll get pics of Tom directing, like we did for Apocalypse. I hope so.
polytikal From: polytikal Date: January 26th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the scans, T! Was dying to see this. :)

Would you mind if I linked to these scans on @sv_awareness?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I ran home at lunch to check my mail, I couldn't wait! :)

I don't mind at all if you link to the scans, or grab them, as long as it won't get me into trouble with TV Guide.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: January 27th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks for sharing!! week and a half!! EEK! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm counting the days! :)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 27th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I'm so torn on all this. On one hand, its really fun to have all this superhero stuff, and see all the enthusiasm for it, and see the coverage its getting. And on the other hand, it just feels further and further removed from being a show about Clark Kent. I mean, he's there. He's involved, and one of the group. But thats just it...he's just one of the group. Not the star, not the center, not the reason. He's just one of the cast members. I hope I'm proved wrong.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course I understand and share your concerns, although I am more optimistic. I'm hopeful that this movie is all about Clark, how meeting these heroes of the past affects his view of himself and his destiny, and perhaps how their lives are changed by their encounter with the man who will soon become the world's newest and greatest hero. But even if that's just my crazy dream, I still think the movie will be a fun ride, and I can't wait to see what Tom has crafted as the director of the second half.

But I do love the comic book stuff, and that undeniably fuels my excitement.
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: January 27th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Did JH really say that Hawkman "has his way with" Green Arrow? Hee! Oh, Justin, you really do know your audience, don't you?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that hilarious? And in print, in TV Guide Magazine! I adore him!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 27th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
It's like your birthday!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It is! It's been a day full of Smallville goodness! Although all the pretties have led me to spend most of the day squeeing, and doing very little work. I am resolved to do better tomorrow. Unless, of course, another interview with Justin pops up. Or some promo pics! :D
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: January 27th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't been watching this season but this looks amazing. JSA is one of my favorite comics and I was like "OMG! Stargirl! Dr. Fate! Sandman!" I geeked completely out. Thanks for sharing these. :-D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It seems like the movie is intended to work as a stand-alone event, so I'm sure you would enjoy it without having seen any of S9. Did you see the Canadian promo in my previous post? After that, how can you NOT watch?
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: January 27th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Great scans! Did JH said:" Instead of the 2 of them bitching at each other"? Must have happened in Offscreenville because I didn't see much bitching from Clark!
As a Clark/Tom fan, I like being catered to like that, with all the "Tom is great", "There should be more Clark", "Clark's team". And the Clark-centered trailer and the first still being one of Clark. It really doesn't happen much. I just hope it's not just smoke and mirrors.
But still, unfortunately, I feel that the days when this show was about Clark's journey are gone. His journey is just "one" of them and it doesn't get the center spot anymore.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 27th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I don't remember Clark treating Oliver with anything but compassion and respect, even when Oliver was being a complete ass to him. I'm willing to forgive, but I'm not going to forget.

What we've seen of this movie has been glorious to behold as a Clark fan. I, too, am a bit wary, but I have high hopes, especially with Geoff Johns writing the script. I thought Legion was a great episode for Clark, and I love the way GJ writes Superman. But I've been disappointed by Smallville before, so I guess we'll see.

And even if Absolute Justice turns out to be everything Clark fans have been wanting and more, that doesn't guarantee anything about the rest of the season.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 4th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, I'm happy you're enjoying the interviews! I did it mostly for myself, to have the articles in my journal in case I wanted to refer back to them later. More than once I've gone looking for an old interview and been unable to find it, or clicked on a saved link only to discover it's dead. I am a little worried about spamming my flist. I never dreamed we would see this much promotion for Smallville! Isn't it awesome? :)

I'm afraid after Comic-Con Tom went right back into hiding. *sigh* But I do appreciate all the other interviews!
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