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Kick-Ass Women of the CW at the Winter TCAs

Yesterday the CW hosted a panel at the 2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour called Kick-Ass Women of the CW, with Erica Durance from Smallville, Aly Michalka from Hellcats, Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola from The Vampire Diaries, and Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca from Nikita. I followed the proceedings on Twitter, and it was a real treat for me, because I watch all the featured shows, and am a fan of all the awesome actresses who sat on the panel. I collected my favorite tweets and pics here for anyone who might have missed the event in real time.

First, some pics. Click for BIGGER.

Erica Durance

Aly Michalka

Nina Dobrev

Candice Accola

Maggie Q

Lyndsy Fonseca

Pics in this post are courtesy of Getty Images, Candice Accola Web, Nina Dobrev Network, OSCK, and others as noted, with my thanks! The file name for each image includes the name of its source.

If you want to cut right to the chase, read Maj Canton's complete transcript of the panel at TV Tango HERE.

Or, if you just want to hit the highlights, Vlada Gelman from Staying In has a nice recap HERE. My favorite part is when everyone starts talking about Tom Welling:

“My character is just very instrumental in propelling that mythology,” Durance vaguely teased about the rest of this season of Smallville. Lois will also play a role in “seeing Superman do what everybody wants him to do. And that’s pretty much all I can say, but he looks good doing it.” The comment got a laugh from her co-panelists, who seem to have crushes on Tom Welling. “He’s cute,” replied Fonseca, who also got excited about Lois and Clark’s engagement. Michalka would also like to see more of Welling – on the set of Hellcats, which he produces. “He’s never on our set because he’s with you guys,” she said. “We are, like, “Tom, can you come see us do cheerleading stunts?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah. Sorry. I’m busy.’” “How come Tom doesn’t come visit us?” replied Fonseca. Answered Maggie Q: “Because we are in Toronto. We don’t have Superman.”

A sampling of tweets from the journalists and publicists who attended:

★ Carina MacKenzie from Zap2it - @cadlymack

So, I've said this before, but Erica Durance is stunninggggg.

Watching Tierney interview Maggie Q, who basically seems like the coolest person ever ever ever.

Neither Nina or Candice had any idea they'd eventually play vampires.

Erica almost started crying during a funny scene with AMack because she was afraid it'd be the last one.

Maggie Q [says her fave kickass woman is] "Lynda Carter! I was too poor to afford underoos so I used to make her outfit out of paper."

"We can kick ass, we can cry, we can be the femme fatale, we can do it all, and at the end of the day we still get the guy." --Erica

Erica says the "plethora of amazing people" help her with the stunts and kicking ass. "Breathe, Erica. Have fun."

"It's called kickass because it's women who are okay with being the way they are. Stand up for their friends, stand up for each other." Nina

So much pretty in one place!

Aly: "I think Marti's kicking ass in different ways than these women. You're actually kicking ass, I'm like cheer-kicking ass."

Lois is changing a little more to be the support and lift Clark up, so HE'S the one doing the ass-kicking now, Erica says.

Maggie Q says Lyndsy is "incredibly good at everything she decides to do."

Full on Erica Durance girl crush.

Candice says finding a man that can be confident to stand next to a woman [who] is sure of herself is important.

"A guy who doesn't like a tough chick is a loserrrrrr," says Maggie Q.

When Maggie had to fight 15 people: "I thought I was going to die. I was welling up a little bit, like dude, I don't know if I can make it."

Coming up on Hellcats: Marti gets kidnapped by the squad and has to do a suicide drop off the balcony in the gym.

"It was cool because I got to be on wires, and I was like please can I not be on wires!"

She eventually got to do the free fall without the wires. The bases caught her - she trusted them, and she knew they were there for her.

Now that they've played kickass women, they feel more powerful in real life. "I'd kick their ass!" Nina says. You go guuuuurl

Marti's going searching for answers about her father, trying to find "something to give her hope that maybe he's alive," Aly says.

Aly just gave us so so so much information on the next few Hellcats eps. Too long to tweet.

Superman will do what everybody wants him to do. "He looks good doing it," Erica says.

Everyone else on the panel is annoyed that Tom Welling isn't hanging around their sets.

Because I am awesome, I'm posting my Erica Durance interview tonight. You're welcome, internet. Tomorrow I'll have a social life. I swear.

Read Carina MacKenzie's in-depth, scoop-filled interview with Erica Durance at Zap2it HERE!

★ Eric Goldman from IGN - @EricIGN

Hey, we're all getting an exclusive Smallville poster! Shows Clark - with his shadow wearing a cape.

@fallenstar88 (via Smallville Buzz)

CW's departing president Dawn Ostroff introduced as "original kick ass woman." Says Ostroff, "I've been called worse - by some of you."

"Very very wonderful surprise" - Candice Accola on her character's evolution.

“As Elena, I hope I don’t kill myself as Katherine. See, it’s confusing to be in my head.” Nina Dobrev on her character hating her character.

Both Candice Accola and Nina Dobrev name Lucille Ball as an inspiration

"Lynda Carter, forget it" - Maggie Q on her easy "kick ass" inspiration. "I have all the seasons [of Wonder Woman]

Erica Durance names Lucy Lawless from Xena as a kick ass inspiration and all the girls go, "Yeah!"

“I grew up taking dance classes and that’s been the most helpful in the stunt work. 5, 6, 7, 8 and punch!”-Candice Accola

Lyndsy Fonseca also says dance background helps her with Nikita action scenes.

“That's why I like playing Lois. She's flawed, she's a little bit of everything. She dusts her boots off and she keeps going.”-Erica Durance

Maggie Q talks about people who are “over-zealous” going into a fight scene. Says it’s about “being smart and body capable.”

Maggie Q says Lyndsy Fonseca is picking up fight training really quickly - "quicker than I did"

"I think a guy who doesn’t like a tough chick is a loser” – Maggie Q

[Maggie Q] is awesome

Maggie Q talks about fighting 15 people in mid-season Nikita finale. “I thought I was gonna die.” (man, that scene was cool)

“Alex is balancing going on division [missions] and helping Nikita out. The show changes for the better” -Lyndsy Fonseca on Nikta’s future

Erica Durance says only 7 episodes left to shoot on Smallville. We'll "Hopefully see Superman do what everybody wants him to do.”

And that's a wrap, folks! Going to "Kick Ass Women" cocktail party now - and getting my Smallville poster!

★ Matt Mitovich from TVLine - @MattMitovich

Woohoo - we're each getting an exclusive Smallville final season poster. It's Clark, but his shadow on the wall is Superman with cape.

"We have ladies who have kick-ass attitudes, kick-ass moves, kick-ass style, and those who just kick ass."

Erica Durance says Smallville's final season is "pretty bittersweet," just shot her last scenes with Alison Mack.

Hellcats' Aly Michalka is going to set the bar for using the phrase "kick-ass" on this panel.

Examples of kick-ass women mentioned by panel: Bond girls, Lucille Ball, Lynda Carter, Audrey Hepburn, ED says Lucy Lawless (draws cheers).

Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca just clapped at a reference to Smallville's Lois being engaged to Clark.

Much admiration going on for Aly Michalka's guns (biceps).

Aly Michalka says Hellcats' Marti will go searching for answers about who her father was. Hopefully, he was kick-ass.

Much gushing among all the ladies over Tom Welling. "Clark is CUTE" coos Fonseca.

Durance says "hopefully [we'll] see Superman do what everybody wants him to do. And he looks good doing it!"

OK, off to CW cocktail party....

Want romance? SMALLVILLE EP Brian Peterson says there's an "UNBELIEVABLE" Clark/Lois scene in the Jan. 28 return.

Smallville EP K Souders re finale: "With the amount of stuff we have to lock down for that episode, the title is the least of our problems"

Matt sums up the scoop from Brian and Kelly for TVLine HERE.

Matt sits down with Erica Durance for a wonderful, in-depth interview HERE. I love how she describes her working relationship with Tom Welling:

We have always had a lot of fun working. I don’t want to speak out of turn for him, but there’s a way we both approach work and how we feel about it. There’s a witty rapport, and you’re lucky when you meet someone with a similar way of thinking. You always hope you’re contracted to work with somebody who’s safe, so that when you have to be open they work with you and not try to sabotage things. A lot of actors try to sabotage other actors and that’s sad, because then you’re never going to get that beautiful scene. Actors will in their mind want to “steal the scene,” and the problem is that means the scene didn’t work in the first place. But Tom and I have a similar perspective — and we have a lot of fun, a lot of laughs.

★ Alan Sepinwall from HitFix - @sepinwall

If we all drank everytime a Kick-Ass Woman of the CW said "kick-ass" on this panel, we would have all died 20 minutes ago.

★ Danielle Turchiano - @danielletbd

Erica says she has learned to not take herself so seriously.

Aly says it's fun to bring her own sense of style to Marti. She is kicking ass in a different way than the other woman; it's not literal.

"There's a difference between knowing how to fight and how you fight on-screen" - Maggie Q. It's all about being smart & body aware & safe.

"I think a guy who doesn't like a tough chick is a loser. It's like, man up!" - Maggie Q FTW

Lyndsy says if she stopped and thought about how tired she was on set, she'd never get through.

"If you really love what you do, you just do it. You don't really think about 'Oh God, I'm exhausted'" - Lyndsy Fonseca

Aly Michalka says she has guns. Not arm guns. She goes to the shooting range on the weekends she's in LA.

"He's never on our set because he's always with you guys. We're always like 'Can you come watch us do cheerleading?'" - Aly re: Tom Welling

Read Danielle Turchiano's recap of the panel HERE, and her follow-up article on the spoilers that were revealed HERE.

★ Daniel Fienberg from HitFix - @HitFixDaniel

Oooh. We're getting exclusive "Smallville" posters. This totally makes up for the car-free Oprah panel.

Dawn Ostroff makes a brief appearance. I promise I'll let you know if "Veronica Mars" is coming back.

The Kickass Ladies of The CW appear to have settled on a right-leg-crossed-over-left formation.

Maggie Q's story about playing Wonder-Woman as a child is quite charming.

This Kickass Women of The CW panel is gonna be followed by The Sexual Harrassment Seminar of the Viacom.

"I think I'm like cheer-kicking ass. That's kinda kicking ass, but different," admits Aly Michalka.

Maggie Q feels like a reporter isn't giving enough credit to their effort/preparation. Ass-kicking imminent?

"We're in a tough category in terms of being believable in this genre," observes Maggie Q. She's smart.

"I think a guy who doesn't like a tough chick is a loser." - Maggie Q, likely to be the panel's most-tweeted line.
[It is!]

Aly Michalka has guns and Aly Michalka also has guns. Don't f*** with Aly Michalka.

Aly's sister AJ will be showing up on "Hellcats" this spring. I hope she doesn't interrupt the ass-kicking.

★ Maggie Furlong from AOL TV - @TheTVShowGirl

Hellcats star Aly Michalka says there'll be more singing on show w/ sis AJ guesting. Doing 2 Rolling Stones songs, incl Wild Horses.

★ TV Tango - @TVTango [tweeting from the party after the panel]

Kelly Sounders on Chlollie "Yes there will be some skin shown." When asked about a possible love scene.

Erica Durance says that when she leaves the set she wants to take her name plate and a Blur jacket!

Margot Kidder called Erica Durance after her first time as Lois and told her she, "Kicked it out of the park."

I asked Erica about what she wanted for Lois at the end of the series, she almost started to cry "I want Lois to be happy with who she is."

When I asked if Darkseid would become a manifestation, Kelly Sounders said, "Yes he will manifest."

Kelly Sounders says that they're hoping Allison comes back for the Series finale

"Yes there will be a big event," (Kelly Smiles) Kelly Sounders says in response to if Lois and Clark will get married.

Erica Durance said she wants Lois to "Fly, get married, kick-ass and be happy," this season.

Kayla Grosse from TV Tango recaps everything Erica and Kelly shared with her HERE.

★ Judy Yam, CW Publicist - @HeyJude012

Kick-Ass starting....NOW! Wow this is one hot panel!

Seriously, Erica's boots are RIDICULOUS! Need to find out where she got them.

Kick-Ass girls!! Shucks, didn't get the boots.


★ Suzanne Gomez, CW Director of Publicity - @Chico6

With @skesser watching CW's Kick-Ass Women panel! Woot!

umm do you not see Erica's awesome thigh hi leather/suede boots? Prada and I'm in serious covet mode.

Finally done with TCA. Time to start pajama party with Erica. Room service time!

Good day today. Maggie Q is my new idol.

Ok kiddies. With Erica. You got 5 mins. Whatcha got for her?

Q: Does Erica own any Superman attire?
she says yes, Superman boxer briefs!

Q: Erica's favorite scene to shoot so far this season?
she says she can't pick one because she has fun all the time!

Erica says thank you so much for all the love and good energy!

Sorry guys. Food came and now we are exhausted. Long, crazy fun day! Erica says thank u!

★ Susan Kesser, WB TV Publicist - @skesser

Aaaah! Erica Durance reunion. Can't even handle all of her awesome.

Erica's wearing kick-ass boots!!

Had such a wonderful time catching up with Erica Durance & @Chico6. Smart, funny, fearless... Total kick-ass women!

Other interviews and recaps:

Jenna Busch talks to Erica Durance for Newsarama HERE.

Watch a video interview with Erica Durance from Kristin Dos Santos of E!Online's Watch With Kristin HERE. Erica calls Tom "somebody who looks better than you in the makeup trailer in the morning." :)

Read about Kristin's chat with Nina Dobrev HERE, and watch the video HERE.

Jenna Mullins, also from E!Online's Watch With Kristin, recaps the panel HERE.

Natalie Abrams from TVGuide.com asks Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders if we'll see a Lois and Clark wedding on Smallville HERE.

Shannon Vestal from BuzzSugar talks to Candice Accola HERE.

Jim Colucci from Wetpaint makes the rounds at the party after the panel, talking to Aly Michalka HERE, to Maggie Q HERE, to Lyndsy Fonseca HERE, and to Kevin Williamson in a two-part interview HERE and HERE.

In addition to the recap linked above, Vlada Gelman from Staying In also interviewed Nina Dobrev after the panel. Read her post for the Los Angeles Times Show Tracker blog HERE.

Daphne is a writers' assistant on The Vampire Diaries who also happens to be a huge Erica Durance fan. Read her BTS account of the day HERE.

Pics from the cocktail party that immediately followed the panel. I think Erica must have been swamped with interviews when these were taken.

ETA: More pics!

For all the images of Erica at the panel you see here and many more, all in glorious HQ, check out rkc_erika's wonderful pic post HERE! ♥

Just Jared posted 20+ pics of Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca at the TCAs HERE, and Just Jared Jr. posted pics of Aly Michalka and Nina Dobrev HERE.

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rkc_erika From: rkc_erika Date: January 15th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
All that I can say is...this post is KICK ASS!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 15th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Thank you! It literally took me hours to put together, but I had fun doing it. :) And thanks again for the lovely pics of Erica!
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: January 15th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
“How come Tom doesn’t come visit us?” replied Fonseca. Answered Maggie Q: “Because we are in Toronto. We don’t have Superman.”
Poor Nikita girls. No Tom for them.

Also, I'm amused by the picture of the collage of CW pictures. I kept thinking someone should have photoshopped some long hair on the guys in the SPN picture so they could have a kick-ass girl.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Nikita girls. No Tom for them.

I feel their pain.

Someone actually complained to one of the TV journalists on Twitter that Supernatural wasn't represented on the panel! He very gently explained that all the series regulars on that show are MEN. Granted, they have had plenty of kick-ass women over the years. Too bad they're all dead.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: January 15th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome compilation! What a lineup of beautiful women. Love the big, smiley pic of Erica especially!

However, I dislike virtually all the spoilers that emerged from this (except for Darkseid manifesting.) Do not want to see a Clois wedding or Chlollie relationship drama. I entirely get why 'shippers like this but it's not my idea of an exciting plot arc for the last run of episodes.

“How come Tom doesn’t come visit us?” replied Fonseca. Answered Maggie Q: “Because we are in Toronto. We don’t have Superman.”
WE SHOULD! Get him up here!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the big, smiley pic of Erica especially!

That's my favorite! She seemed to be having a wonderful time, so many lovely smiles!

However, I dislike virtually all the spoilers that emerged from this (except for Darkseid manifesting.) Do not want to see a Clois wedding or Chlollie relationship drama.

I'm right there with you. Every time Brian and Kelly open their mouths my heart plummets more. I am so obviously not the target audience for this final season. I'm sure I'll find many moments to love in the remaining episodes, but I'll always wonder about what might have been.

WE SHOULD! Get him up here!

Remember how Tom and Maggie seemed to hit it off at the Upfronts? She should woo him to Nikita with a juicy guest spot as an unrepentant baddie.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: January 15th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this awesome post!

I'm quite out of the SV loop lately but the few spoilers I've heard of = the horror.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It's been a long time since I did one of these, it was fun! :)

Oh, Carol, me, too. I have no interest in Chlollie, or Lois's bachelorette party, or Clark and Lois's wedding. Clark's identity as a potential husband "is as much of who he is as a hero"? I don't even have the words.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: January 15th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this megapost. I love all the Tom gushing of the ladies. :)

I hope I don´t come off the wrong way, but I feel sorry for all these highly made up girls: IMO even without make up Tom beats them all in the beauty department. (I understand of course that a straigt guy may come to a different conclusion. lol)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
How cute was all the Tommy love? :)

It must be difficult as an actress when your leading man is as pretty, if not prettier, than you are. :) I did see at least one journalist comment on the fact that a lot of the actors at the TCAs were wearing makeup, and I'm sure the guys have all kinds of beauty regimens of their own, but I suspect all Tom has to do to look drop dead gorgeous is roll out of bed in the morning. And no guy ever has to wear a mini skirt or killer high heels.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I had fun pulling it all together. If I can save someone else the time and trouble of combing the web, I'm happy! :)

The one thing the CW always does right is find the most amazingly beautiful people for their shows. And I think all of these women are gifted actors as well.

The spoilers are not making me look forward to the next run of episodes. Chloe's exit arc fills me with dread, and I'd rather see Lois in the bull pen than at the wedding planner. Still, I was completely charmed by the big romantic moments in the first half of the season, some of the episodes were close to perfect, and I think all four of the series regulars do wonders with the scripts they're given. I'll watch and keep my fingers crossed. At this point, if they can make me love the last couple of episodes as much as they did Homecoming, I'll be thrilled to go out on a high note.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: January 16th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Aren't you just made of awesome? ♥ Erica looks absolutely gorgeous and so does Aly, although I'm not crazy about her dress or the big huge honking piece of jewelry that last pic had in it. How did that chick keep her head up with that thing weighing her down? lol

I'm ready for SV to start back up but my high hopes are definitely waning for this ending the way I want it to.

How are you feeling? Better now? I found an email for you sitting in my drafts folder that I actually started the 22nd of Dec. I suck, what can I say? :(

Missed ya! *hugs*

Edited at 2011-01-16 02:29 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
If I allow myself to think too much about where Smallville is headed (and even where it's already been this season), it stresses me out, but I always want to see new episodes. Each one is another chance for the show to get it right! :) Besides, I miss seeing new Tommy on my TV screen. Obviously I'm going to DIE when this show ends and he disappears altogether.

I haven't taken any painkillers, not even Advil, for two whole days. That's huge in my book! I am really and truly getting better. But if I want to stay that way, I'm going to have to fix all my bad habits, so that's my next challenge.

If you had sent me that email, I probably wouldn't have answered it yet. I suck way more than you do. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 16th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Maggie Q and Candace seem so cool. I'm getting excited for new eps!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! Now I'm all fired up for my shows to come back! Which I guess, ultimately, is the whole point of the TCAs. Good job, networks!

The last episode of Nikita before the hiatus was so intense. I'm looking forward to what happens next. And of course I can't wait for TVD to come back. Besides, I've almost run out of other stuff to watch. This weekend I'm finally diving into the UK version of Being Human, just in time to compare it to the new one.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: January 16th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
One more for the drinking game: that is a kick ass post! *rolls under the table* lol
I love Aly's straight hair a lot more then her usual curls. I hope she keeps her hair that way.
"I have no interest in Chlollie, or Lois's bachelorette party, or Clark and Lois's wedding. Clark's identity as a potential husband "is as much of who he is as a hero"? I don't even have the words."
THANK YOU! I thought I was alone thinking that! And also, I can't get over the fact that the title for the final episode isn't likely to be Superman. With an episode named Supergirl, I just don't get it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 16th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
One more for the drinking game: that is a kick ass post!


THANK YOU! I thought I was alone thinking that!

Isn't that quote from Brian one of the most ridiculous things we've ever heard from him? I really couldn't care less about any challenges Clark might face in his struggle to become a GOOD HUSBAND. *rolls eyes right out of my head* This is not the show I signed up for. Sheesh.

How could they call the last episode anything BUT Superman? Are they just trying to keep it a secret, or are seriously considering a different title? After Supergirl, I don't see how they can.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 16th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the pics. Lovely women. I like Erica's boots, but really dislike the outfit. Really, a long tube top, with a big clunky belt when you are busty? Just no! And I do not understand Maggie Q's big necklace. Also not digging Aly's grey tights, when a nude leg would've made her look a lot more elegant. I do think that other girl from Nikita got the whole look right.

I'm such a fashion critic. LOL

I think I'm done anticipating things for SV. Really, it is what it is. And not being a shipper, I'm not their target audience. Because really, I so wanted Clark to achieve some of the last milestones on his own, and its clear to me that he's unlikely to blow his nose without Lois holding the tissue. So, it is what it is, and I believe this show didn't serve its main character to the extent it really needed to in my eyes.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 18th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I count on your fashion commentary, because I am beyond clueless when it comes to that stuff. Even so, I do question what Erica wears to events at times.

I'm newly resolved not to read anything Brian and Kelly say anymore (I was doing really well, but read everything written about this event), because I know they're just going to upset me, and I think Erica is increasingly adept at putting a spin on spoilers that her fans (both Lois and Clois) want to hear. Tom always says he doesn't know what's going to happen, and Cassidy usually won't give away anything about episodes that haven't aired yet. So unless Justin (who is a complete blabbermouth) starts giving interviews, I don't think I'll be worrying about spoilers much in the second half. :)

So, it is what it is, and I believe this show didn't serve its main character to the extent it really needed to in my eyes.

I agree. I'll treasure what I like, and no doubt complain about what I don't, but I've lowered my expectations enough at this point that I can't imagine I'll be crushed by anything that happens.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: January 16th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for compiling all these beautiful pictures of these beautiful women. It's so nice to see them all out embracing their own personal style and looking so relaxed and happy together. I really appreciate it.

I don't base my judgements on Smallville on anything Brian and Kelly say anymore. I rarely think they do a good job truly representing the show.

To me, Erica's interview with Zaptoit was far more encouraging in terms of focus on Clark's journey in the backhalf of the season and I'm thrilled to see that Lois is going to be stepping into her iconic role in the story as the Reporter fighting for justice with the power of her words and as the support system for Clark in the background. I think Erica has a good sense of her character and a good understanding of Lois Lane's role in the post-crisis Superman story. I always appreciate how she brings every interview back to Clark. I'm cautiously optimistic about the second half of the season. I'm sure I'll find something to love in the episodes. I always do.

Thanks again!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 19th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't base my judgements on Smallville on anything Brian and Kelly say anymore. I rarely think they do a good job truly representing the show.

It's difficult to find the kernel of truth in the coy teasing and cryptic clues they love so much, and everything they say makes my head want to explode anyway, so for me it's best to ignore them as much as possible. I'm kicking myself for reading their interviews for this event after ignoring quotes from either of them for months. :)

I think Erica, more than any other actor on the show, loves her character and respects the long history associated with her, and I give her major props for that. She cares about Lois AND she cares about Clark, and she seems protective of them both. But in the end, the showrunners call the shots (and dictate to the writers), and I just am not happy with many of the decisions they have made this season when it comes to Clark.

I know I'll find lots to love in the episodes, too. But with each new episode, I also become more sure that some of the hopes that I've held most dear will never come to pass. I'm not so egocentric that I think Smallville should end exactly how I have imagined or wished it would, but I do think the show should do justice to Clark Kent and his 70-year legacy, and right now, IMO, that is not happening. But that's just me.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: January 21st, 2011 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I can't thank you enough for this wonderful looooong post and all the hard work you put into it! I really missed so much on Friday. My daughter turned 21 and 18 of us headed out of town for some 21 year old fun. LOL I tried to catch up a little on the interviews, but you had it all here in one amazing post.

Not thrilled about any of the spoilers either. I'm also not the target audience and really have lowered my expectation and am much happier enjoying Smallville for what it is. Still, I find that urge of hopefulness there, bubbling up during the hiatus, thinking maybe they will surprise me and do Clark some real justice in the end. I'm seem to do that every break...

Thanks again for the fantastic post! And I'm so glad to hear that you getting better a little at a time. *Hugs*
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