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Hellcats cast talks about Tom Welling - I worship at the television altar
Hellcats cast talks about Tom Welling
Matt Mitovich from Fancast talked to Aly Michalka, Matt Barr, and Tom Welling himself about Tom's role as executive producer on Hellcats!

‘Hellcats’ Stars Cheer: Tom Welling Is A Super Exec Producer
by Matt Webb Mitovich
Sep 8th, 2010 | 10:21 AM

As The CW’s ‘Hellcats’ prepares for its Wednesday-night premiere and then hopefully ratings to flip over, the cast already has this to cheer about: ‘Smallville‘ vet Tom Welling makes for one out-of-this-world executive producer.

“Tom is super hands-on,” ‘Hellcats’ lead Aly Michalka raved to Fancast shortly after filming the pilot for the cheerleading drama, which was penned by show runner Kevin Murphy. “He was so encouraging to us as a cast. And being the lead of his own show, he told me what I have to come in the future. He was like, ‘Enjoy the ride.’”

Like ‘Smallville’ was for Welling, ‘Hellcats’ represents onetime Disney darling Michalka’s first network series, “so it was cool to relate to him on that level,” the actress says. “He’s an awesome guy, and the fact that he has been so successful on ‘Smallville’ (now entering its 10th and final season) and is now a producer, good for him!”

Matt Barr similarly praises Welling’s power as an executive producer not content with sitting on the sidelines.

“I thought he might be back in the shadows, watching the monitor, but he was out there blowing the whistle, giving us notes!” the ‘Harper’s Island’ alum tells Fancast. “He really kind of quarterbacked the whole thing. Tom was a great mentor.”

When presented by Fancast with these reports on his hands-on style as a boss, Welling said, “I was there every day, doing whatever I can to make it work and shape it. I directed some of [the pilot], too, so I’m proud of that.”

Now an exec producer on ‘Smallville,’ Welling says he had been wanting to shepherd his own project “for a long time.”

“I really like being a part of the creative side of ‘Smallville’ – they’re very open to ideas and suggestions, so I was like, ‘This is great, and now I want to apply it to something of my own. And here we are. It’s fantastic.”


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tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: September 8th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
And more delightful things about my man...

I´ve never read before that Tom directed part of the pilot. Wow. I will certainly watch at least the pilot to see...
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: September 8th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I'm really starting to love Hellcats more and more. It brings us so much Tom goodies. :D
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: September 8th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been in such a funk that I almost forgot that I have Hellcatst o look forward to this evening. That at least cheered me up a bit *no pun intended*.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: September 9th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked the show last night. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

There is a wholesome quality to the show that I was not expecting. I guess I've become jaded by the Gossip Girl/Melrose PLace/902010 age of the CW. In a way, this reminds me more of the old WB type of show as opposed to what we've been getting for the past few years on the CW....and I mean that was a GOOD thing.

Marti is obviously a badass but there is also a very pure quality to her that I really appreciate. Aly is such a uniquely beautiful girl and she has a real presence on screen. Ashley Tisdale also did a great job.

I was so happy for Tom last night when I was watching the show. I have no idea how the ratings will hold up week after week but I did enjoy it last night and I'll be back for more next week! Yay Tom!!!
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: September 9th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed it too. There were some negative comments on my twitter feed that I think ppl just sometimes forget how to enjoy something for what it is. The show actually reminded me a bit of Bring it On if it were told from Missy's (Eliza Dushku's character) POV. But I'm looking forward to having a new show to watch.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 10th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
'Bout time!
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: September 10th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying hearing the cast talk about how hands on Tom is and the fact that he directed part of the pilot made it even more exciting to watch! I think that's a good sign that when SV is over we may see Tom directing some of the Hellcat episodes. *crosses fingers*
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