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Director named for Tom Welling's Hellcats?
I found a mention of Hellcats, the pilot being developed for the CW by Tom Welling Productions. Trailers from Hell, a site that showcases classic movie trailers with commentary from Hollywood directors, is reporting that one of its gurus, Allan Arkush, is "producer/director of a musical pilot for the CW called Hellcats, about the collegiate competitive cheerleading scene." I'm not sure how accurate this information is (is Hellcats a musical?!), but I thought I'd pass it along for the Tom Welling fans on my flist.

Allan Arkush was an executive producer and director on Heroes for the first three seasons, and he just directed an episode of Life Unexpected that I loved. Here is the trailer for Rock 'n' Roll High School, probably his most famous work:

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tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 6th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this news. I am somewhat surprised because I kind of thought Tom might direct the pilot of his own show, especially now that he didn´t direct an SV episode any more... ??
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought that, too, but I guess it's just too big of a job for him to do along with all his responsibilities on Smallville, especially with a Pilot, that will by definition make or break your show. I suppose he'll be busy enough in his role as executive producer.

No one has ever mentioned the possibility of Hellcats being a musical, have they? The only reason I ask is that this director seems to be especially known for his expertise with and his fondness for music. But of course he's done tons of work that isn't musical at all.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: March 6th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting!
I haven't heard it was a musical...in the plot line & casting call details, there was no mention of a musical element to the story.
Not sure if you saw this but the Hellcats Pilot will shoot in Vancouver a few weeks after Smallville wraps for the season.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I didn't know that about the filming, thanks for sharing that news! That makes sense, no conflicts with Smallville for the actual filming, and during prep Tom won't have to spend as much time flying back and forth between Vancouver and L.A. :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 6th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It´s even better: the Hellcats pilot is flimed not just in Vancouver, but at the SV studios from April 13-19 (according to the DGC-BC production list).
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, thanks for the info! I love how this all works out! Tom is obviously a savvy businessman, in addition to all his other talents.

ETA: So I went and took a peek at the listing, I see Tom has Jae Marchant on board for the Pilot as well. Interesting!

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el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: March 7th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the additional details :) Savvy businessman indeed!!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you mean Kevin Murphy? You're right, he's a composer and lyricist, besides being a producer and writer. I suppose Hellcats could be kind of like Glee, in that the cheerleaders will have musical performances in every episode. Not with singing, but competitive cheerleading obviously is a combination of dance and gymnastics, set to popular songs. I would totally watch that. I read the book the show was based on, it was really good.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I just edited my reply above to say I saw that Jae Marchant was part of the production! I wonder if other Smallville crew members will be working the set as well.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 8th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, closer and closer.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 8th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! I've never really followed a pilot before; I'm kind of fascinated by the process they go through, and discovering all the different sources of information about it.
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