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Welling thinks big on ‘Smallville’ – Entertainment News, TV News, Media – Variety

October 15, 2010
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Welling thinks big on ‘Smallville’ – Entertainment News, TV News, Media – Variety.

Not long after Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders joined the “Smallville” writing staff in the show’s second season, they began noticing an unexpected participant in their weekly video meetings with the Vancouver production staff.

Series lead Tom Welling turned up one day unannounced and, afterward, just kept coming back for more.

“We’d be in our windowless room in Los Angeles, look up and notice Tom sitting in the back of the production office in Vancouver,” says Souders, who now, with Peterson, acts as the series’ producer and showrunner. “It’d be like a wardrobe meeting, something he didn’t need to attend. And after that, he was there all the time, no matter what the meeting was about. His interest was piqued.”

Welling has played Clark Kent on “Smallville” for 200 episodes, surviving a network merger, a move to Metropolis and numerous threats from a revolving carousel of villains. During his decade on the show, Welling has done no other TV work and acted in just three movies — the two “Cheaper by the Dozen” comedies and the 2005 remake of John Carpenter’s “The Fog.”

Instead, Welling has devoted his time and energy to behind-the-scenes aspects of “Smallville,” directing episodes and, since season nine, serving as an exec producer.

“The most rewarding aspect of my time on the show has been the opportunity to learn about and experience storytelling,” the interview-shy Welling says. “The opportunity to direct has provided valuable insight into the process.”

Says Souders: “It sounds odd, but Tom has a great gut. He understands story. He has directed some big episodes for us, but even when he’s not directing, we’ll often get a phone call from him, either discussing his character or the general concept of an episode. As the season goes along, we sit down with him every quarter and discuss what’s coming up, just so that, in his mind, he’s able to start prepping for what’s going on down the road.”

 

READ THE REST on VARIETY and be sure to watch HOMECOMING – the 200th episode of Smallville tonight on the CW!

 

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