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Smallville and Hellcats casting news
I'm sure you guys have already seen the news on Kryptonsite that both Michael Shanks and Alessandro Juliani will return to Smallville in S10, but if not, read all about it HERE. I'm excited! It's always a thrill to see Michael on my TV screen, no matter what the show, and I thoroughly enjoyed his Hawkman in last season's Absolute Justice. And I'm over the moon about AJ! Dr. Emil is awesome!

I don't know how AJ found the time to film the season premiere, though. He's currently getting rave reviews as Henry V in two different plays at Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

The only day he has off all week is Monday, so I guess that was the day he shot Smallville! I'm glad he found a way to fit it in, and I hope he'll be back for more episodes later in the season.

They finally re-cast the part of Red in Hellcats, but I can't bring myself to care much, because I'm still imagining how great the show could have been with Ben Browder in the role. *pouts* If you're curious about the new guy, however, check out the scoop from Matt Mitovich on FANCAST.

In other Hellcats news, Tom Welling paid a visit to the set yesterday!

All we have so far is this one tweet confirming he was there, but maybe more news will pop up later. I won't be holding my breath for a pic, though. :)

Did anyone else catch John Schneider on Leverage Sunday night? Yikes, he was scary! Watching him reminded me how much I'd love to see Tom play someone truly evil someday. It's more shocking, and more fun, when you're programmed to think of him as a good guy. John did an excellent job, as did Alona Tal, from Supernatural (fandoms collide!). Plus Christian Kane sang a beautiful original song for the episode. If you're not already watching Leverage, you should be.

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eternal_moonie From: eternal_moonie Date: July 20th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you so much for the info!!! I don't go to KS much so that was totally cool to read via you! *hugs*

Tom W. in the hizzie!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 20th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't usually go on KS either, but @sv_awareness on Twitter posted a link and gave me the heads up. :)

Between the cast, the dancers, and the crew, there are at least a dozen Hellcats people on Twitter, but so far I've only seen that one little mention of Tom. NOW they decide to be discreet? LOL!
sunflowercyn10 From: sunflowercyn10 Date: July 21st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the info re: Alessandro Juliani in Bard on the Beach and you are right that would make him super busy yet luck us he must have been able to squeeze SV in:)


Growing up in Vancouver and a big theatre buff I can't believe I never ended up going to see any of the Shakespeare productions there. They are top notch productions in a very unique beautiful spot on the beach...at Vanier Park.

Great news about Michael Shanks 'cause I'm a big fan of his too and I liked the dynamic that Hawkman/Carter Hall can bring to the show in terms of life experience/leadership guidance. Since we are talking Shakespeare I was lucky enough to see Michael's Hamlet 10 years ago at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver. He was excellent!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 25th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link, that looks like a cool festival. I love Shakespeare. I'm sure those generous Smallville paychecks are incentive enough, but I still appreciate that AJ spent his precious time off bringing Emil Hamilton back to the show. I was sorry we didn't see him again in S9 after his hilarious performance in Persuasion. :)

That must have been wonderful to see Michael Shanks live onstage, and as Hamlet, no less! And I think those kinds of experiences make an actor special for all time, they become part of a precious memory. I've been missing MS ever since SG-1 ended (Daniel was always my favorite character). I rejoice every time he guest stars on something, and I think Carter Hall was one of his best roles. He was hilarious with Ollie and heartfelt with Clark. I'm glad he's coming back.
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: July 21st, 2010 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

When, oh, when are we going to see Tom do a cameo for Hellcats??? Who's up for that!! I AM!!!!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 25th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I am, too, but I doubt we'll ever see it. I think Tom is all business on this project. I'd also be up for guest spots from the other Smallville actors! :)

I could see him directing an episode, though, and I think that would be very cool. Especially if we got some BTS stills and a DVD commentary. *is wishing for the moon*
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 22nd, 2010 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm totally shipping Eliot and Jo now. *facepalm*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 25th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Of course you are!
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: July 23rd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad that AJ found the time for SV! I really enjoy his portrayal of Dr. Hamilton and I like AJ in general. I was a huge Battlestar Galactica fan.

Thanks so much for the Red casting info! I have to get myself to start following the Hellcats news. I'm always so behind, but thankfully you are always keeping me in the loop. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 23rd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I had never seen AJ in anything before Smallville, but I fell in love with him instantly. I like Emil's dry wit, and his utter unflappability in the face of all the bizarre things he sees in his job. He makes me laugh. :) Most of all I enjoy the dynamic between him and Clark. I hope we see a lot of him in S10.

I gather Hellcats tidbits here and there, and then when I have enough for an entry, I post. :) There's a rumor going around today that Aaron Douglas, from Obscura and Traveler on Smallville, has been cast as Bill. If it's true, Hellcats snatched him up just hours after his current show was cancelled by CBS. I wonder if Tom put in a good word?
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: July 23rd, 2010 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG, I hope that pans out! I absolutely love Aaron Douglas too. Another awesome actor from Battlestar Galactica like AJ. The show also shot in Vancouver, so there was a lot of crossover guest appearances on SV from that cast. Got to meet Aaron Douglas at WonderCon this year. What a great guy. Very friendly, he really talked to us a while about both BG and his appearances on SV. He was fun and joked around with my son and his friends. I'm sure his experiences on SV would help him out with Tom and Hellcats.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 25th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I'm so late replying to everything, this past week was crazy at work. Today I've been responding to comments, one by one, in between obsessively reading Twitter for SDCC updates and watching streaming videos of the various panels. As you might imagine, I haven't made a tremendous amount of progress. :)

Of course now we know that AD is indeed confirmed for Hellcats. Yay! I've been reading up on him, and he is universally loved by fans, especially for his Con appearances. How cool that you got to meet him, and had such a positive experience! He seems genuinely excited to be a part of Tom's new show, and I think we're lucky to have him.
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