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Smallville S9 DVD disc images
The disc images for the Smallville S9 DVD set were released today, and they're gorgeous! Of course my favorite is the one of Tom Welling. :)

ETA: We now have the pic of Tom used on the disc! Click for BIGGER.

Clickable thumbnails of the front and back covers, and all the discs.

Allison Scagliotti (Jayna from Smallville 9x08 - Idol) is making the rounds promoting S2 of Warehouse 13, and she mentioned Tom in one of her interviews:

And everyone on Smallville was super-cool. Tom Welling – you never know what you’re going to get with these leading men who have been carrying a show for a long time – but he really surprised me. He was really down to Earth – no pun intended. He was such a sweetheart and Allison Mack was an angel.


These S3 promo pics aren't new, but I've never seen them so BIG and beautiful. Click for the ginormous, heart-stopping pretty:

In other news, I've been wondering how Hellcats will be received when it premieres on the CW on September 8th, and I think a lot of people are looking forward to it. It came in second (behind the new Hawaii Five-0) in E!Online's recent POLL to name the most anticipated new TV show of the fall, and there seems to be a lot of buzz for it online. I don't know if any of this will translate into ratings, but I think it's interesting to take a look at the number of hits the Hellcats promos have been getting on YouTube compared to other vids posted by the CW.

Hellcats "Sneak Peek": 302,316 views (wow)

Hellcats "Athletes": 83,014* views

Hellcats "Summer": 66,762 views

Hellcats "Fury": 39,484 views

Hellcats "Webclip": 31,475 views

And the most recent one, Hellcats "Stand Up": 20,273* views

* These two vids were taken down today, and then re-posted, which reset their counters to 0.

Compare these view counts with those of Nikita, also new this fall, and other recent promos:

Nikita "Sneak Peek": 46,519
Nikita "Rockstar": 40,941
Nikita "Summer": 8,737
Nikita "Webclip": 8,174
Nikita "New Name": 3,981

The CW "TV to Talk About": 75,618
The CW "Coming This Fall": 58,844
Smallville "Never Surrender: 27,401
Supernatural "Summer": 19,667
The Vampire Diaries "For You": 18,342
One Tree Hill "Oh My Summer": 13,922
Gossip Girl "Hot Summer Nights": 13,517
90210 "Summer": 9,266
Life Unexpected "Grown Ups": 7,290
Moonlight "Tall, Dark and Immortal": 7,282

Do all these hits represent interest in the show because people truly want to see the story Hellcats has to tell, or do they just reflect the existing fan base for stars Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka? Either way, I'm very interested to see what happens in the fall.



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homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: July 7th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Those look great, especially Tom's. Me? Biased? Pffft.

I got the package today, too. Thank you so much! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 7th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't he look handsome? I want the full pic!

Yay! Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy! :)
serenography From: serenography Date: July 7th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, thank you for posting all the Hellcat promos. A few things I wonder: I was under the impression that Ashley Tisdale's character was the lead, but the promos make it seem more like Aly M. is. I hope their two characters aren't supposed to be from Memphis, because they aren't even trying with their accents! LOL. :)

I think this show is going to be a really easy mark for both critics and fans. After all, it's about cheerleaders - universally mocked and hated. That's actually part of the appeal for me, to see if they really go below the surface, like the book did, to show the real athleticism involved with this sport (at that level). I hope people give it a chance, and I do believe that there will be a LOT of viewers checking it out. Competitive Dance and Cheer participants, and their families, cover a lot of ground. It will be interesting to see how that translates into viewer numbers. There's always the titillation/fantasy factor for teen and young men too. So I do think there's huge potential for an initial audience, and I'm really hoping the show is able to keep them as regular viewers by going beyond short skirts and pretty people.

What is Sharpays Fabulous Adventure? Is that purposely misspelled?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 7th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Judging by the sides, I would say that Aly is the lead, because the whole story revolves around her and her relationships (with Savannah, Dan, Lewis, Alice, and her mother), and her part is the one with all the emotional depth. Also, Tom focused on Aly's character when he talked about the show at the Upfronts. However, Ashley's role is a close second, and in the latest sides they've really added some layers to her character in terms of her personal history that I think make her a lot more interesting.

I've seen a couple of cheer-oriented sites totally bash Hellcats based on the first couple of promos (before the extended sneak peek was released), but I've seen plenty of individual cheerleaders (mostly on Twitter) express a lot of excitement about it. One Vancouver cheerleader made this comment on one of the negative reviews:

FYI, the producers and choreographers held auditions at our cheer gym. There are about a dozen of our cheerleaders in Hellcats, and the producer and Tom Welling talked to a bunch of us at the audition to learn more about the sport. So yes, they did ask legit all-star cheerleaders about what cheerleading is really about. They took the information we gave them and used what they could. [source]

Doesn't that sound just like Tom? I've liked everything I've seen so far, and most of what I've read (I didn't like the Red character in the original sides, but the rewrites look much better), so I'm really looking forward to seeing the show. As you say, though, it remains to be seen what the show truly will be. I have high hopes, and whatever happens, I'm just so proud of Tom that his production company's first project is receiving this much attention, both from the network and the fans.

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is a DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie), a spin-off from the HSM (High School Musical) series, where Ashley's character Sharpay pursues her dream on Broadway. It just finished filming in Toronto.
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: July 7th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait to see season 10 dosk set? With Tom, in Red and blue- and not just any old combination of red and blue ( hopefully? *crosses fingers*)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be great, wouldn't it? I have high hopes for S10! :)
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 7th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the SV images and all the Hellcats info. I hope the show is a success because that would make Tom happy. lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I would probably watch Hellcats even if Tom weren't involved, but he's the reason I want it to do well. He seemed so happy at the Upfronts after Hellcats was picked up, imagine how it would make him feel to have his first project be a hit! He works so hard, and is such a good man, he deserves all the success in the world.
eternal_moonie From: eternal_moonie Date: July 7th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom's so awesome on the first cover! LOVE his picture!

And the awesomeness that are the trailers for Hellcats!!

Thank you so much for sharing honey!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
He is my Superman, in every way. *sigh*

I love that the CW keeps giving us new trailers for Hellcats. I'm so pumped for this show! :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: July 7th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, I came in here all excited about new Hellcats promos, but turns out I've already seen all of them! *is proud of self* I'm excited to see that it's getting good buzz, and I hope it does well when it airs! :)

Also, I wonder when the S9 DVDs of SV will be available at a price I can afford. 2 years from now? 3? *sigh*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I really wanted to highlight how popular they are, and give everyone a chance to make sure they had seen them all. :) I'm thrilled that the network is lavishing this much attention on Hellcats. I'm so used to my shows being ignored!

I don't even want to think about how much money I've spent on Smallville DVDs. I always HAVE to have them the very first day they're available, of course, and since S6 that means both the DVD and Blu-ray versions. Obsessions are expensive!
netlynn From: netlynn Date: July 7th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooh! Doesn't Tom look gorgeous?! Thank you for posting all the Hellcats vids, I had only seen a few of them before now.

Just stopping by to say hello and I MISHOOOO!!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I always love the images of Tom they put on the DVD discs. I think this one is the best one yet!

Hellcats looks like a lot of fun to me. I've really been enjoying all the clips and promos. It premieres exactly two months from today!

*hugs you tight* I'm so glad to see you!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: July 7th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
There will never be enough Tom pictures for me, and it doesn't matter if I've seen them already, or not. They are still a treat. He's just so *sigh-worthy*

I wish I felt more excited by Hellcats, but its just not my thing. I do wish it lots of success though.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I never get tired of looking at pics of Tom, and I'm always so excited to see one that's new to me. SDCC should bring us a tremendous bounty of Tom pretty, but the best part is you'll have pics you took yourself!

I'd probably watch Hellcats even if Tom wasn't a part of it. :)
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: July 7th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, so many wonderful goodies in here! *claps* First, what a gorgeous choice for Tom's DVD cover! I love it and can't wait to get my set.

The UHQ's of the S3 promos are stunning. A little mesmerizing seeing Tom at that size. *faints*

What a nice comment about Tom by Allison. I'm always so proud to be a Tom fan. :)

I've never seen the Hellcats Webclip yet. Thanks! I'm really getting excited for the show. The more I watch the more I'm drawn in and I'm so hopeful it will do well. Once again, I can't help but be proud of Tom. *beaming smile*

Thanks again for all the great info! *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I started out with just the DVD pics and kept finding little things to add! LOL!

That disc image of Tom is my favorite of all the seasons, I think. He's more handsome than ever! That's one thing about the Blu-rays. Maybe it's because the sets have fewer discs, but they all have the cover image on them, not the individual characters or couples we see on the DVDs.

Those S3 pics are almost life size! Stunning is exactly the word to describe them! A lot of the early pics are new to me. I didn't start watching the show until the summer after S4, and I've only been in fandom for a few years (I joined LJ at the beginning of S7, and lurked on TWoP for a couple of years before that).

I feel just the same about Hellcats. I'm really looking forward to watching, and I so hope it does well. I know it faces some stiff competition in its time slot. I'm so impressed with what Tom has accomplished, and my respect for him has grown tremendously as I've watched this show go from just an idea to a pilot to a full-fledged series, with him guiding every step. He's an amazing man.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 7th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Who is this "Tom Welling" of whom you speak of so fondly?

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you're funny! He's the other guy in the scenes with all the hotties you like: Michael, Justin, Callum, Sam...
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 8th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, not ringing a bell . . .

WAIT! Is he the guy that sometimes gets wet?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 8th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is!! Maybe THIS will refresh your memory! ;)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 9th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooo! That guy!! He's pretty when he's wet. O.O
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 13th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
So is this guy. *click*

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 14th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I guess the back cover blurb is for people who haven't yet watched the season, to convince them to buy the set, and I think they're going for the fanboy demo, judging by the words in all caps. But still, I kinda love it, too, and it makes me want to watch Salvation all over again. That episode is fast becoming my favorite of all time. ♥
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