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Hellcats at the TCA Summer Press Tour
Tom Welling had a busy day yesterday! He flew down to L.A. from Vancouver to attend the Hellcats presentation at the 2010 Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour, and then turned around and flew right back again as soon as it was over to resume filming on Smallville. It was so exciting to see Tom take on this new role, and to realize the career that stretches before him when his days as Clark Kent are over! He has come so far, and grown so much.

To get the full effect of this entry, listen to Katy Perry's California Gurls and 3OH!3's My First Kiss on a non-stop loop while reading. ;)

Representing Hellcats at the TCAs were Tom, Aly Michalka (Marti), Ashley Tisdale (Savannah), and executive producer Kevin Murphy. Here are a few pics from the event. Click for BIGGER.

A couple of smaller ones:

Clickable thumbnails with Aly and Ashley:

Pics courtesy of Getty Images, Reuters Pictures, AP Photo, WireImage, and the CW, with my thanks!

Kevin Murphy announced that Gale Harold (!!!) has been cast in the recurring role of Julian, Marti's law professor. Okay, this almost makes up for the loss of Ben Browder. I can't wait to see this show! *imagines Tom and Gale hanging out together*

For a quick but thorough recap of the presentation, check out the TV Squad report HERE.

Tweets about Tom and Hellcats from the TCAs:

★ Carina MacKenzie from Zap2it - @cadlymack

Ok, off to interview Ashley Tisdale! No I will not ask her about Zefron's penchant for strip clubs.

Got great stuff from Ashley Tisdale. She showed me a blackberry video of a crazy stunt she did -- love it.

Paul Hewitt just accidentally called Hellcats "Smallville." "It's my first day!" It's ok, Paul, Tom Welling mixes me all up too.

Matt Barr is so attractive. (I don't deserve this job. All I want to do all day is tweet about cute boys.)

Ashley & Aly's necklaces say "Hellcats." Ashley gave Aly hers. Ashley's has diamonds, but she told me Aly doesn't like glitzy stuff.

GALE HAROLD IS COMING ON HELLCATS as Marty's law professor. Holy MOLY I love him.

And with that, my camera's battery is deadsville.


I take very serious notes.


Running off to interview Aly Michalka!

More info on Gale Harold's "Hellcats" character. (No word on whether he'll be making out with hot dudes, sorry.)

[read her interview with Aly Michalka about Gale Harold's character HERE]

Having a mini Queer as Folk marathon tonight in honor of Gale Harold's new job. I prefer him naked, what can I say?

★ Damian Holbrook from TV Guide - @DamianTVGuideMg and @TVGuideMagazine:

Tom Welling says that hellcats is a perfect fit for the CW

hellcats films about 10 mins from smallville. "i'm doing everything i can," says EP Welling, adding he's getting support from both shows.

Breaking Away and VisionQuest just bandied about as hellcats inspiration.

hellcats will feature Marti working with law professor played by Gale Harold.

The Tiz is brunette and playing a nice girl in hellcats. Sharpay Evans has left the building.

"cheerleading is badass, these people workout like mad," says Aly Michalka of playing athletes with pom-poms.

Tom Welling says the auditions for hellcats included acting and dancing tryouts. "when they're not filming, they're practicing."

Aly and the Tiz say their respective singing careers may be fit in to hellcats if it works with the show.

Welling says the stop-and-go of shooting is tough on the cheerleading actors who get warmed up and then have to wait.

"This project was based on a book called Cheer," explains Welling of picking this project. "Great story, lot of heart."

loving these girls talking to Tom Welling as their boss...and him having answers about their jobs. they grow up so fast.

★ Eric Goldman from IGN - @EricIGN:

Smallville fans, I just saw Tom Welling walking backstage. Cue your virtual "Woo"s. ;)

Welling's time post-panel was SUPER (no pun) brief, but he asked me how Comic-Con was for me, as he left. Nice guy, that Tom!

★ Greg Hernandez - @greghernandez

CW: "Hellcats" executive producer Kevin Murphy tells me he hasnt yet made up his mind if Gale Harold's attorney character is straight or gay

[read his interview with Kevin Murphy about Gale Harold's character HERE]

CW: Tom Welling is just, so, TALL!

★ Matt Mitovich from Fancast - @MattMitovich

CW at TCA: Huh. HELLCATS is even MORE fun to watch on a 30-foot HD screen :)

Hellcats at TCA: Tom Welling rockin' the suit and white tennies

HELLCATS at TCA: The dilemma of law student Marty posing for a cheesy cheerleader calendar is one storyline...

★ Meg Masters from E!Online - @megmasters

FYI: This panel is pretty much gorgeous. Hi Tom Welling. The Tiz and Aly are beautiful, too.

★ Suzanne Gomez, Director of Publicity for Smallville and Hellcats - @Chico6

Great day today at CW TCA! Chatted with Tom Welling, exec producer on Hellcats!

Had 2 rush him off stage 2 return him 2 Smallville. Long airline trip 4 30 minute panel. Would b easier if he could, I don't know, fly? Hee.

Thinking of making t-shirts like the "new" one Clark will wear this year. Would you want one?

Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka looked amazing today! Both wore the super cute "Hellcats" necklaces! & I need Ashley's shoes. Fab!

And did you hear Gale Harold set as professor on Hellcats? Could this cast get any better looking?

Quotes from the live blog of the presentation by TV Tango:

3:30pm - 4:00pm HELLCATS. Series premieres on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 9pm on The CW

Q for Tom Welling about being with CW and knowing how to sell a show.

Tom Welling: We knew it was a perfect fit. We knew I had relationships from SMALLVILLE that we could use.

Q for Tom Welling about multi-tasking.

Tom Welling: HELLCATS is also filming in BC, about 10 minutes from where they film SMALLVILLE.

Q about whether HELLCATS is the anti-GLEE? is it cheerleaders' revenge?

Kevin Murphy: It goes back to those sports movies of the 70s....people in difficult economic times where sports teams form a de facto family. It's probably not anti-anything. "Positive outcomes only" is the tagline for Ashley's character. I would never try to compete with GLEE.

Q about Aly Michalka's character as a 1st year law student vs. another major.

Kevin Murphy: It will be significant. She's trying to balance something that the people around her view as frivolous. Marty is faced with the dilemma as a lawyer of doing a calendar. That's a real dilemma that something you do at 22 years old can still be out there when you're 35. We're going to do a story where Marty gets involved with the three strikes laws in TN. Partly taken from the story of the California pizza bandit.

Q about casting the two leads.

Kevin Murphy: Ashley Tisdale's take on Savannah is that she can be chirpy and annoying but you still want to hang out with her and be her friend. When Aly Michalka left the casting room, I said that we have our Marty.

Aly Michalka: It was a cool coincidence that we both came from a musical background. It's just something that we happened to be right for these roles. Just me getting back into the TV world was a fresh experience. We were so willing to open ourselves back to that. We all wanted to make it work because of the passion behind the project. We're going to show the real side of these characters. These people are trustworthy. They're there to catch you, stand by you. It's this team effort.

Q for Ashley and her character from HSM.

Ashley Tisdale: She's completely different from my character in HSM. She's not as selfish. Savannah is a team player.

Aly Michalka: She's sees there's something there in Marty to help the team. For Marty, it's law and she needs cheer to do that. For Savannah, she wants to go to nationals. Their goals are aligned.

Q about whether they were cheerleaders.

Aly Michalka: I was not. My mom was a Raiders' cheerleader when the team won the Super Bowl. I wasn't on a team because there are no home-schooled cheerleading squads. I was in dance companies. Hip-hop when I was a teenager.

Tom Welling: when we were casting, that was a huge part of it. They have to act, dance, cheer. I think you're going to be surprised by the physicality.

[Will the characters sing in Hellcats?]

Aly Michalka: We're going to keep them separate, but if there's an opportunity to sing, we would love to do that. My music is very special to me. When it's combined that's awesome too.

Q about law or pre-law.

Kevin Murphy: Marty is a junior pre-law student.

Tom Welling: the usual rule is one year of high school is two years of a series.

Kevin Murphy: there's always law school. Plus, some cheerleaders don't graduate just so they can keep cheering.

Aly Michalka: Some are ring chasers. They transfer from school to school looking to win a championship ring.

Kevin Murphy: It might be cool to get into cheer camp in future years. We might need to change it up.

Aly Michalka: The downtime is important. You have to re-audition. You're not safe to get in every single year.

Q about stunt doubles.

Ashley Tisdale: For the pilot, we did two weeks of rehearsals. Now that we're in production, we learn that we only have a week each time. It's been a little hard, and the best part is when we get to perform.

Aly Michalka: You actually feel the rush that these girls feel.

Kevin Murphy: These two are obsessive about doing their own stuff. Ashley was actually flying. Aly did her own helicopter. Aly's cheer double got hurt during the pilot. We're working with a dream team of dancers, ballerinas, cheerleaders. They're just animals. They get hurt and play through the pain. We have a sports doctor, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor...

Q for Tom Welling (last question from audience): do you have a passion for cheerleading?

Tom Welling: This project is based on a book called CHEER. There was a whole world that hasn't been tapped into. I found it interesting.

[No scrum for Tom.] His manager took him off stage before we could even surround him to ask questions. He has a 6pm flight to go back and film and she said "they'll kill me if I don't have him on that flight."


In other news, Robbie Jones (Lewis) gave an interview to Hollywood the Write Way, and had this to say about Tom:

As for Tom Welling, he has been an endless support. He is the type of guy who really relates to other actors and he really did a great job in putting this project together. He’s been amazing.

Go Hellcats! :)

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fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: July 30th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww thanks for this T! I'll have to read it later. The pics are beautiful. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
We didn't get tons of pics of Tom, but they're all gorgeous!

I put all this stuff in one place for that very reason, so people can peruse it at their leisure, whenever they have time. :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: July 30th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for all your posts! I can barely keep track... :)

My interest in Hellcats is still tiny, but I am certainly happy that Tom has various plans for his future. Keeping contact with the business on all levels is certainly shrewd.

Why does this man have to be so beautiful? I could get so many other things done if it weren´t for all the time I spend on collecting pics and clips and news and... :))
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can barely keep track, either! :) I work like crazy at my job during the week, throwing up whatever Tom news I can find on the fly, and desperately try to catch up on comments on the weekends. Now that SDCC and the TCAs are over, though, I should be able to catch my breath and return to some semblance of normal.

I'm excited about Hellcats, but what I like even more is seeing Tom in producer mode, so confident and completely in charge. I think he's made some truly brilliant moves in putting together his team for this show, and I can't wait to see "Tom Welling Productions" on my TV screen. I'm dying to know what his vanity card will look like!

I could get so many other things done if it weren´t for all the time I spend on collecting pics and clips and news and...

Story of my life, my friend. :)
ladygawain From: ladygawain Date: July 30th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yay, thanks for posting this! Goodness, is that chair unnaturally small or is he just ridiculously huge in it -- and he looks so much bigger than everyone else *drools*

And those Tweets, man he must be working himself so hard, I hope he doesn't wear himself out. He does seem to love it though, which is wonderful.

Love how so many people have great things to say about him. Really awesome.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you even imagine how impressive his size and stature must be in RL?

I agree, I think he loves being busy. He's had an insane schedule since the show began. Over time I think his time filming has eased up a bit, as the cast has become more experienced and the production has evolved into that well-oiled machine we hear so much about (Clark's time onscreen has gone down a bit as well), but he's taken on all these other responsibilities, that more than make up for that, I'm sure.

How can anyone not love the guy? :)
From: kates_passion Date: July 30th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent post! Thanks so much for researching this and finding all these great pieces of info. I think Tom may have a hit on his hands. ; )

He's so beautiful in these pics!!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's my pleasure! I was overwhelmed by all the info out there, and couldn't rest until I had organized it all! :)

I love these pics, especially the very first one. He is so effortlessly stunning, and definitely the prettiest one on that stage (and Aly and Ashley are both gorgeous!).
serenography From: serenography Date: July 30th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Girl, you are so good. I skimmed most of this yesterday and am SO happy that you are such a pro at saving it and putting it all together. Do you mind if I link to this entry on JTW?

I love that first picture of Tom. Someone made a tweet mocking his white gym shoes but I think his sexy confident self pulls off that "just a guy" look perfectly.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: July 30th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, of course I don't mind. Link away! :) It really took me awhile to figure out how to organize it all. I had countless tabs open in my browser with all the info from the event. I'm glad you found it readable.

I thought Tom looked perfect. And his white sneakers certainly looked more conventional that Kevin Murphy's bright blue ones! :) I wish we had video, or an audio recording. I'd love to hear Tom in full-on producer mode, and to know what generated those beautiful smiles we see in the pics.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: July 30th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
GALE HAROLD!! I'm suddenly a lot more interested.

Thanks so much for putting all that info together!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! Gale Harold is amazing! The casting on this show has been phenomenal.

You're more than welcome. Thanks for your comment!
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: July 30th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG he is just so unbelievably handsome

I can't get over it I mean he is beautiful, man why can't every girl have a guy like him?

And yes I am being totally shallow sorry lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
*splashes with you in the shallow end*

He's the prettiest executive producer on the planet.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 30th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for taking so much time and trouble in providing wonderful pics and great info! Tom looks gorgeous, of course, even though he had to have been tired from so much traveling and hard work. I hope both he and you are having a more relaxed week-end!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the nature of the TCA coverage that it all comes at you at once, a wave of tweets, quickly followed by pics and online articles. It took me a long time to figure out how to organize and present it all, but I'm happy with how my post turned out. Thanks so much for your appreciation. *hugs*

I was surprised that Tom didn't just stay in L.A. until it was time for his TCA panel, but of course Smallville couldn't afford to have their star miss those days of filming. It must be quite a challenge to balance the two shows, but Tom makes it look easy, and gives credit to both productions for making it possible. He has always been the consummate professional, and I couldn't be more proud of him.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: July 30th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for keeping us updated on Hellcats! There were some stunning pictures of Tom to come out of the TCA press tour. I might go into withdrawal next week without any new Tom pictures ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm seriously feeling the lack of new Tommy pics now, a week later. How quickly we become spoiled! He was at the Hellcats shoot last night, and none of the fans hanging around took a pic? I'm outraged! :D
tasabian From: tasabian Date: July 31st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most gorgeous producer ever - I LOVE the shoes.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like how he has his basic public appearance ensemble of black suit jacket and jeans (which he has worn to the Weintraub book signing, the Upfronts, SDCC, and the TCAs), and then he just changes up the shirt and shoes. Black shirt and brown shoes (boots?) for New York, and white/light shirts and pretty white tennies for California. I approve.

I loved the tweet that said Tom was gorgeous, and then added that the girls were beautiful, too. :) Even in business mode, his stunning good looks outshine everyone else in the room, male or female. And now he gets to show off the brain behind that beauty.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Thank you for posting these! What great pictures. Tom looks amazing. His hair has really gotten long, hasn't it? It looks so wavy and soft. I like it.

And seriously....he looks like Superman. The most handsome Superman ever.

I'm going to give this show a try. I had several friends in college who were cheerleaders at our huge school and I know they worked their butts off. Those women are in amazing shape. If nothing else, I'm sure I'll enjoy the dance routines.

I will say that I sort of laugh every time they call her a law student and even their clarification about it later in the article (about her being a junior "pre-law" student) was kind of funny. Just as a lawyer myself....you're not a law student until you actually take the LSAT, apply to law school and get accepted. Before that, you are just an undergraduate and trying to compare the pressure and commitment is night and day. Yes, many schools have "pre-law" advising programs but that's really all they are. Just programs that help students prepare to take the LSAT's, register with LSAC for the application process and attend law school. You can have virtually any major and go to law school. Most law students are English, Poli Sci, Bus., History or Criminal Justice majors but there were students of virtually any background at my school. The only real requirements for getting into a really good school are a great GPA and a great LSAT score...and in some cases...political/community connections since it's become so competitive at the really great schools. But there is no such thing as a "pre-law" major. Not really. If they wanted to be somewhat accurate they would stop calling her a law student and put the emphasis on the idea that she has to have a great GPA if she wants to attend law school. Anyway, this is just a neurotic pet peeve. I imagine it's how Doctors feel when they see Undergraduate students going on and on about being "pre-med" when in reality they are Biology majors who have not even taken their MCAT's yet.

It's one of those little things that won't bother anyone else watching the show. I'm just being picky.

Thank you for the great pics!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Tom with the short cut he had in S7 that gave him that classic Supes look, but I love, love, love the longer hair he has now. And yes, in that pic from LIFE in particular, he IS Superman!

I think most professions are misrepresented in some way on TV, and the errors that end up onscreen, either because the writers are ignorant, or because they're taking dramatic license, are always going to stick out like sore thumbs to those who know better. I have a friend who is a physicist, and the "science" on Fringe drives him mad. :) And it bothers some people more than others, much like the way Smallville deviates from comics canon is not a problem for some people, and a dealbreaker for others. I've seen similar complaints from cheerleaders, saying Hellcats is getting that part all wrong, too.

I had a whole group of friends in college who went on to law school, and they all majored in rhetoric as undergrads. But they loved to describe themselves as pre-law, it sounded way cooler. ;)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: August 1st, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think so! I'm very happy for him, seeing the success he's enjoying in this new arena.
g_m_h_3 From: g_m_h_3 Date: August 10th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for pulling all this wonderful information together! :) I confess I didn't know anything about Hellcats until I heard that Gale Harold was going to be in it. Love him! Really can't wait to see the show now :) Thanks again! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 19th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your comment, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I can't even tell you how excited I was to hear Gale Harold would be joining the show! I can just imagine him as a sexy professor who follows no one's rules but his own. Three weeks until the premiere of Hellcats!
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