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Smallville: Tom Welling talks to E!Online - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville: Tom Welling talks to E!Online
Kristin Dos Santos from E!Online's Watch with Kristin interviews Tom Welling at the CW Upfronts, plus a short clip of Tom signing autographs!

My favorite part? Tommy talking about Michael, of course!

"I'm doing everything I can to get Michael Rosenbaum to come back. Michael? Please? You can't have the show without Lex Luthor, and there's no Lex Luthor to me except Michael. He's the best."



A snippet of Tom with the fans!



If you're like me and just want to watch this over and over again, here is the clip from the PIX11 interview where Tom shamelessly woos Michael back to Smallville. :)



The entire interview segment, in case you missed it. Thanks to jeannev for the heads up!

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theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: May 23rd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Why so precious, Tom?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
He's adorable! And so charming!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: May 23rd, 2010 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
He's so effortlessly sexy and charming! And looks so HUGE among all his excited fans.

"I'm doing everything I can to get Michael Rosenbaum to come back. Michael? Please? You can't have the show without Lex Luthor, and there's no Lex Luthor to me except Michael. He's the best."
Awww!!! The little "please?" just slays me and the renunciation of fake!Lex is music to my ears! I expected that his interviews would be primarily about Hellcats - I love that they're largely about Michael!

Also love that "Clois" makes him think of Chloe & Lois - oh, Tommy!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I expected that his interviews would be primarily about Hellcats - I love that they're largely about Michael!

He's made Michael's return his mission in life! Can Michael resist? I know I couldn't! Hell, he pretty much has me sold on Lana's return, and you know how I feel about that!

Also love that "Clois" makes him think of Chloe & Lois - oh, Tommy!

I loved that! hee! Did you see his grimace when she brought it up? And then he totally didn't answer her question! I think he avoids the shipper stuff like the plague. Smart man.

In other news, I read this quote in Zap2it's review of Hellcats:

Plus, there's no shortage of dirty jokes in the pilot, and when all else fails, a good laugh always reels us in.

Is that Tommy's influence? ;)
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: May 23rd, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
He just towers over them! *loves*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! He's a magnificent mountain of a man! :) And it does make him easy to spot in a crowd.
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: May 23rd, 2010 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man. I can't believe he was so close to me that day.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, even if I had been right across the street, I don't know if I could have braved the madness to see him. I tend to freak out a bit in crowds, and I'm way too shy to ever yell at Tom to try to get his attention. I am destined to always admire him from afar. :)
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: May 23rd, 2010 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
lol...I would prolly break out in hives and look like I had a terrible disease if I were even a block away from that man! *facepalm*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That, too! There's no way I could ever speak in his presence. I'd probably forget how to breathe! :D
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: May 23rd, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm...Maybe we are being stupid here. Think about it. We spot him, scream "TOM!!!!"..... and when he turns to look where the voices are coming from and catches our eyes, we pass out from his presence and he rushes over to us, gives us mouth to mouth and swoops us off in his arms to the Metropolis Emergency room!....Hey a girl can dream. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're on to something there! LOL!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: May 23rd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I love it all! Thank you so much! :-)

Was Tom implying a set of "kissing cousins" with his version of "Chlois/Clois? ;-)

I have a smile on my face that I can't wipe off after reading/watching all this. Thank you again!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
All these clips of Tom have been such a rare treat! Of course I have to share every one of them! :)

I think Tom was just deflecting the shipper question with a little humor. Nicely done, Tom!

It's very cool to watch Tom, as opposed to Clark, on camera. He's so charming and magnetic. How I would love to see an in-depth interview!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: May 23rd, 2010 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I just realized that not only did they spell Tom's last name wrong (the left the "g" off), but they also spelled Chace Crawford's first name with an "s" instead of a "c!!!!" What's wrong with these people!?!?! This is who is working in the #1 Television Market in the country?!?!?

UGH!!! Okay, TV Production rant over. Trying to breathe...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your journalistic outrage! :) I agree, the very least a CW affiliate can do is get the names of the network's stars right. Sheesh.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: May 23rd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the clips!

As much as I adore Tom, I wish he stopped talking about Lex Luthor and begging MR to come back. I confess that I find it a little embarrassing. (I love you, Tom, but I disagree with you on this campaign)
Thankfully, looking at his glorious beauty makes up for our disagreement. hee
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure that at best he'll be able to convince Michael to return for an episode or two, and I admit I'd love to see them together again. But mostly I just adore watching him turn on the charm! *swoons* And of course I fully support his assertion that Michael is the only one who can play Lex, and appreciate him saying that publicly.

But yes, he could say just about anything and I wouldn't mind, as long as I could watch him say it. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love how completely at ease he seems. And I have to say, those fans are a lot more respectful than some others. Did you see this vid? I don't know if those are fans, paparazzi, or both, but they totally made me cringe. I don't how he stands it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7n977uP9H4

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 24th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess some celebrities thrive on that kind of attention, but it would send me running for cover. He was very gracious in the face of it all.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure what Tom is up to with that S11 talk. My best guess is that he's just trying to drum up ratings, doing his job as a producer. Because his other comments make it clear that their intent is to wrap things up. So is he just saying anything is possible, or is he being disingenuous? I can't imagine he would seriously consider extending his contract, even if the network was willing (and I don't think they are).

I really, really hope that S10 is written, produced, and promoted as the LAST.

I don't think Lex needs to come back for more than a couple of episodes either, but I don't mind watching Tom put on the full court press to woo him. :) An episode or two is probably all he could convince Michael to do anyway, if he can get him to say yes at all. I do feel kind of bad that I'm eating up this behavior from Tom, when I would be outraged by the same from Brian or Kelly. He's just so charming and adorable!

I so don't trust these writers to handle any Lois/Lana interaction well, but I also really don't like where they left Clark and Lana. If they wrote a script that made Lana look bad, there's no way KK would agree to come back, would she? Tom seemed to want to mine the potential comedy gold of bringing Lana back into the picture, but obviously there's nothing funny about her Green!K power suit. Would TPTB be willing to undo that entire storyline?

I think in the end, Tom was just talking off the top of his head, and mostly expressing the warm feelings he has for all the actors who have been a part of his Smallville family over the years. He struck me as nostalgic more than anything else. Undoubtedly he recognizes that bringing Lex, Lana, Martha, and Jonathan back could make S10 truly memorable, but I doubt that he has given much thought to the ramifications to the story as it stands now.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 24th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right about that scene in Rabid. I thought that was a nice way to handle that, to see Clark decide it was time to close the book on that chapter of his life, and show the audience that Lana was part of his past. I'm fine with Lana and Clark in relation to Lois and Clark. But I'd still like to see Lana lose the Green!K, both so we know that it wouldn't change how Clark feels about Lois, and so Clark and Lana could have the friendship I think they're meant to have. I still think the whole Super!Lana thing was idiotic, but I guess she wouldn't have to lose her powers.

It still boggles my mind that Brian thought the fans would love Requiem. Talk about being out of touch.

Tom has considerable clout with the show now as a full executive producer, and a lot of pull with the actors because of his personal connection to them. If anyone can make this happen, it's him! Thankfully, I think all the actors in question know this show all too well, and would never consent to return without seeing a script first. We can look to them to guard their characters, even if the show won't.
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