This may be the last year for Tom Welling playing Clark Kent on The CW’s SMALLVILLE, but he’s already lined up his next gig – as executive producer on the new CW drama HELLCATS about competitive cheerleaders.

“I thought it was a great story, had a lot of heart and found it very interesting,” says Welling at this summer’s CW’s TCA press tour.

In terms of dividing his time between the two series, he adds, “fortunately, HELLCATS also shoots in Vancouver, ten minutes away from SMALLVILLE.”

“It’s a huge benefit,” says Welling. “We have a fantastic crew on both shows and everybody understands what’s going on. I’m doing everything I can and with a lot of support from both shows, to facilitate what each needs from me.”

As for the tone of the show, executive producer Kevin Murphy says it owes a lot of allegiance to 1980’s aspirational sports films like BREAKING AWAY, VISIONQUEST and FLASHDANCE.

“Those were films where characters found themselves in difficult and often economical circumstances who come together and form these relationships in a sports team that bounds them as a family. This is a show for optimists or people interested in learning the trade.”

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