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Article about Smallville in the Vancouver Sun
Smallville leaves large mark on the West Coast film industry

Tenth season will be the final one for Vancouver-filmed young Superman story

MAY 30, 2010 9:00 PM

When cast and crew assemble this summer to shoot the 10th season of Smallville, they will do so with heavy hearts. The show, about the small-town Kansas life of Superman in his formative Clark Kent years, has been a fixture on The CW network (formerly The WB) for a decade. But that will all come to an end next spring, because the 10th season will be the show's swan song.

Viewers, including those who submit their comments to the website devotedtosmallville.com,will lose a friend. The 200 British Columbia cast and crew members who receive up to nine months employment each year on the series will lose more than that.

" Smallville will be remembered as one of the most successful series shot in B.C.," said Paul Klassen, business representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 891, some of whose members have worked on the show since day one. "It is a fantastic production and a highlight of our industry, and has showcased what B.C. can deliver.

"Not a lot of series make 10 seasons," said Klassen. "It just doesn't happen that often in television."

Richard Lucas, president of Vancouver agency Lucas Talent, said the series epitomized the definition of a class act.

"They've offered opportunities to many, many Vancouverbased actors, and they've always paid them really respectfully, which many [productions] don't. They have been a very respected and respectful part of our industry for many years," said Lucas, whose talent roster includes 32 actors. "There are very few clients that I represent who have not been cast on the show."

One of those actors to benefit from the series' wide exposure is Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk.

Kreuk was a teenager who had had roles in an ABC-TV movie and in the Canadian teen series Edgemont when she auditioned for the role of Lana Lang, girlfriend of a teenage Clark Kent. She starred on the show for its first seven years, appearing in five episodes during the eighth season.

" Smallville was the first thing I did that got recognition, and it did everything for my career," said Kreuk. "It had me working consistently for the beginning of my adult life.

" Smallville cast a lot of local actors, which was really great. It was a really nice environment to work in. The crew was incredible, and it was like a family. Unlike being in L.A., you're not on a lot. You're with each other, there's nobody else there, and you see each other more than you see anyone else in your life.

"The show was incredibly supportive of everybody there," said Kreuk, who now co-heads with two friends (including fellow Smallville actor Allison Mack) the production company Parvati Creative "We all really looked after each other and cared for each other, and it made for a wonderful environment to grow up in. I essentially grew up on that set."

Script supervisor Beth Mercer, who has worked on Smallville since the very first episode, said she watched many of the show's principal actors evolve on set.

"Kristin and Allison were 17, 18 when they started," said Mercer. "It's been wonderful watching them grow not only as actors, but as people."

Even though Mercer often puts in 14-hour work days, there are many times it doesn't seem like work.

"We spend a lot of our days laughing," said Mercer. "It's long hours, but when you're with a good group of people like that, it really helps."

Vancouver actor Camille Mitchell played Smallville sheriff Nancy Adams for five years until her character was killed, then returned for another season as a character in a parallel universe. She recalls that when her character was about to die, crew members kept checking on her mental and emotional state of mind.

"The director was so sweet. He kept saying, 'Are you all right?' " said Mitchell. "He was very concerned."

One memory stands out for Mitchell. On a break in shooting on a hot summer day at the Kent farm in Aldergrove, she looked over to see her 12-year-old son Charlie tossing a football with the lead actor who plays the young Superman, Tom Welling.

"It felt so Americana Smallville," said Mitchell.

Though a lot of people have lost a steady job, there's a good chance many will find employment on another series for The CW. The network has okayed a first season of Hellcats, the pilot for which, called a "presentation piece," was shot by many of the same crew who work on Smallville.




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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 31st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't even want to think about what I'll feel like at this time next year. :( I do think it's time for the show to end, but that doesn't mean it will be easy to say goodbye.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 31st, 2010 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, what a nice article. Strange to think that there are 200 BC cast and crew who are going to be looking for work.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 31st, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
And maybe lots more, depending on what happens with Supernatural. But I guess that's the nature of the beast in that profession. Working on a single show for 10 years must be beyond rare.
serenography From: serenography Date: May 31st, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's really great that Tom brought over so many of his SV crew to work on Hellcats. Nice article, and I love Kristin acknowledging how this show really launched her career.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 31st, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seemed like Tom hand-picked his dream team to make the Hellcats pilot, from Glen Winter on down. I just hope he can find a regular crew with comparable talent.

I thought it was really nice of KK to give an interview to the hometown paper. She makes an interesting point about the studio lots in L.A., where many different productions are going on at the same time. The Smallville studio really is a little world unto itself.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 31st, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 31st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are going to be a lot of tears at the S10 wrap party!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: May 31st, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if part of the motivation for Hellcats is Tom wanting to keep his SV friends employed? I can imagine him thinking like that.

Kristin's quotes are lovely.

One memory stands out for Mitchell. On a break in shooting on a hot summer day at the Kent farm in Aldergrove, she looked over to see her 12-year-old son Charlie tossing a football with the lead actor who plays the young Superman, Tom Welling.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 1st, 2010 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I can imagine him thinking like that.

I could see that, too. I wonder exactly where Hellcats will film. Will they use the Smallville studio, as they did for their pilot presentation? Are they hard at work creating sets for Hellcats right now? Will crew members cross over, or work exclusively for one of the shows? In any case, Tom is going to be very busy!

Kristin's quotes are lovely.

She's a real class act, I think, as are most of the people connected with this show. It can't hurt that so many of them are Canadian, as KK herself is. :)


I know! Can't you just picture it? Tom is no diva, holed up in his trailer between takes, or refusing to mingle with the common folk. He's out there playing and having a good time with a kid, and probably making his day in the process. *loves him*
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: June 1st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Years ago I'd have been crying at the mete thought of SV going to end. Now I think it's the right time for it to happen, but I'm really going to miss having Tom on my screen weekly and everything SV has represented, and provided, for so many years.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 5th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm right where you are, Carol. I hope that Tom doesn't keep us waiting too long for his next project in front of the cameras (it's been two years without anything very significant from Michael so far), and I hope that without the show I'll be able to stay connected to the people who have come to mean so much to me, like you.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: June 5th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope that without the show I'll be able to stay connected to the people who have come to mean so much to me, like you.

Awww thanks so much for saying that! To me, that's one of SV's greatest gifts: the wonderful people I've met throughout these years thanks to the show. I too hope our connection will still be strong after SV ends. *Hugs*
From: kates_passion Date: June 1st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every time I think I can't love this guy anymore I read something like this about him. Can he be any more adorable? Thanks for sharing this.

Watching Season 10 will be bitter sweet. I agree it's time to end and I want them to end with a bang. I'm really excited about what Tom will do next acting-wise. As much as I love Clark I'm ready to see him do something different.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 5th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't he just the greatest guy? And he really seems to connect with kids in a special way.

I am so excited to see what Tom chooses to do next! If we see him on the big screen, no matter what the project is, I will be in heaven!
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