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Hellcats filming resumes on July 14
Hellcats Update!

1) According to the DGC BC and the UBCP, the official shooting schedule for Hellcats is from July 14 to November 18, 2010. The Futon Critic says the show has a 13-episode order.

2) It looks like Hellcats won't be sharing studio space with Smallville. The production offices are listed at the address for Vancouver Film Studios, where Fringe and Eureka are filmed.

3) Hellcats was voted the second most anticipated new show for the fall on E!Online's Watch with Kristin (Hawaii Five-O was number one).

4) On May 28, The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema podcast posted an interview with Allan Arkush, the director of the Hellcats pilot and one of the executive producers on the show. It's a long, fascinating look at his entire career, and he spends a couple of minutes talking about his newest project (no mention of Tom, unfortunately):

Rupert Pupkin: What's your new show?

Allan Arkush:
It's called Hellcats... It's a musical about competitive collegiate cheerleaders. It's got Ashley Tisdale in it, and Aly Michalka, and it's really funny and it's really good. It's a real musical. I directed the pilot. I just finished it. In fact, all weekend I'm looking at directors' reels to make a list of directors to hire for the show.

RP: When you were working on this pilot, what kind of influences did you have?

On Hellcats? The first movie of FAME, which had a nice reality to it, and a sense of how hard-- trying to be an artist, or a dancer, or an actor is hard work, and cheerleaders are athletes. So we borrowed from that, and also All That Jazz, the dancer's life, and the discipline it takes. So those were the two big influences so far.

RP: So it's much more serious, and not like a Bring It On kind of thing?

Well, see, it has elements of Bring It On, because Bring It On did a good job in showing how cheers are done. But it's not one of those-- Bring It On is like Mean Girls with cheerleading. [But] Mean Girls is a really great movie.

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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: June 16th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
A musical? That would kind of explain the casting of people who can all sing, but has it been explicitly stated elsewhere that the show is going to be a musical?

But, yay for them going back to shooting soon! Maybe we'll get some new Tom pics out of it? :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 16th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't heard anyone else call Hellcats a musical, but we haven't seen much in the way of interviews about the show. I don't think singing was part of the auditions, though.

I wonder how hands on Tom intends to be once he's back to work on Smallville. It will be interesting, to say the least!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: June 16th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the update!
I imagine season 10 of SV will start shooting earlier than July 14th? Tom is going to be busy on both counts!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 16th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Smallville isn't listed on any of the production sites yet, but I want to say they go back around the same time, mid-July. I could be wrong, though; Supernatural starts filming at the end of this month.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: June 16th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the Hellcat updates! The musical reference is interesting. I did hear the show compared to Glee at one point and wasn't sure how that fit. The 6 minute preview didn't show any kind of singing in it. Can't wait to hear more and to get a better understand of the show.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 16th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think there is any singing in it, at least not so far, but who knows what the ultimate vision for the show is? Aly and Ashley are successful recording artists already, Sharon Leal was in Dreamgirls with Beyonce, and Kevin Murphy is a composer. I find it all very fascinating! :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: June 16th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the heads up. :)

I did hear about a musical element before, but I haven´t heard the very term "musical" yet. Not my show anyway, but I wish Tom the biggest success!

There is no way the SV set could produce two shows in parallel. I know the studio and all the buildings around, so there is no way to do another show. But these studios are not too far from the SV set (probably a 10 min drive during daytime traffic), so Tom can certainly go and take an executive look at his cheerleading crew once in a while. lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 16th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see how they could make the show at the Smallville studios. I know they used the production offices there as their home base while filming the pilot during Smallville's hiatus, but it seemed like almost every scene was shot on location.

I remember you and I talking about this whole musical thing back when we first heard about Hellcats, and that info came from Allan Arkush, too. I'm still not sure what to expect. I'm very curious as to how Tom will juggle the two shows. He's so busy already!
byrka62 From: byrka62 Date: June 16th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the Hellcats update! Maybe we'll get some new pics of Tom Welling out of it!!

I heard before that it was going to be a musical, doesn't really seem like on in the trailers though.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 16th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I hear musical, I think of the cast bursting into song, a la the Once More, with Feeling episode of Buffy, but maybe Allan Arkush defines it as anything with musical numbers in it, like the dance/cheer sequences in Hellcats. I really don't think we'll see singing on the show, but anything is possible! :)
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