SUPERGIRL Sneak Peeks: Father Doesn’t Know Best

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Poor Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan).  Kara/SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist) thinks of him as just a “friend.”  James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) hardly considers him a rival.  Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) only knows him as the IT guy wearing an ugly cardigan.

Worst of all, Winn’s dad is notorious supervillain, Toyman.

Toyman has been seen in many incarnations throughout the DC-verse.  On SMALLVILLE, he tried to kill Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.

On the animated series, JUSTICE LEAGUE, Toyman attacks Killer Frost (aka Dr. Caitlyn Snow of THE FLASH) with a killer yo-yo.  (Note:  THE FLASH’s Danielle Panabaker has revealed that Caitlyn’s evil Earth-2 alter-ego, Killer Frost, will be arriving in Central City along with E-2’s Deathstorm played by former Firestorm, Robbie Amell.)

The BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD series featured Toyman as a bank robber.

Regardless of the incarnation, there are 2 consistencies for all versions of Toyman:  He always kills with toys and always has a casual relationship with reality.

Or as Winn puts it, “The day that my father set off a toy bomb and killed half-a-dozen people was the day I stopped being his son.”

Unfortunately for Winn, the senior Schott (guest star Henry Czerny) has escaped from prison and is on his way to National City to see his son, and his arrival signals a potential deadly explosion.  Can SUPERGIRL stop the mad toymaking genius?

Probably, but not before she gets help from a friend and a surprise from her boss.

Hank (David Harewood) morphs into his “real” self, J’onn J’onnz, The Martian Manhunter and gives the Girl of Steel a flying lesson.

Cat invites Lucy (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) in for a job interview at CatCo. Although Cat suggests that she is a dear friend of Lucy’s sister, Lois Lane, Grant’s tone of voice indicates that her job offer extends from cat-tiness.  (Sorry, it was there for the taking.)

How bad would it be for Lucy to work for CatCo?  Remember that Cat still thinks that Kara is SUPERGIRL, and Lucy’s dad, General Sam Lane, has no love lost for visitors from other planets.

And why has Alex (Chyler Leigh) asked J’onn J’onnz, one of those other-worldly visitors, to take on the guise of billionaire Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) and invade a secure area of Lord Technologies?

Also guest starring on SUPERGIRL tonight are Tristin Mays, Chris Jai Alex, David Salsa, Isaac Keys, Bruno Amato, Kavita Patil, Scott Alan Smith, Emma Caulfield and Hope Lauren.

Yahlin Chang wrote the story for tonight’s episode, “Childish Things,” and Anna Musky-Goldwyn and James DeWille wrote the teleplay.  “Childish Things” was directed by Jamie Babbit.

Check out the sneak peeks below and get ready for more DC villains to make their way to National City.  Silver Banshee, Master Jailer (Jeff Branson of  THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Indigo (SMALLVILLE’s Laura Vandervoort) and Brainiac are expected to hit town before the end of Season 1!

SUPERGIRL airs on January 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Burning Questions for Jason “Jay” Bell of ARROW, THE FLASH and STAR TREK BEYOND (Part 3)

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Jay Bell, a stunt performer who manages to blend graceful “fight choreography” with take-no-prisoners-combat-style technique recently took time out of his active schedule to chat with THE TV ADDICT.

Jay, whose work can be seen on television shows including ONCE UPON A TIME (seen above doubling OUAT’s “Captain Hook,” Colin O’Donoghue), ARROW, THE FLASH, SUPERNATURAL, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and feature films such as STAR TREK BEYOND, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is a former active duty soldier, Afghanistan veteran, musician, composer and father who took time out of his extremely busy schedule to answer our burning questions.

Related: Read part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Jay Bell

Jay Bell snowboarding

THE TV ADDICT:  Is there a gag that looked impossible on paper but happened with surprising ease?

JAY BELL:  I honestly have yet to witness this moment of insane planning for something that huge.  I think those moments are reserved for the likes of Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a flying cargo plane.

Honestly, I’d think a lot of those moments are more frequent when planning complex stunt driving sequences, explosions and those sorts.  It would be pretty amazing to be a fly on the wall though during the inception.

TVA: A lot of stunt performers are good at math and geometry.    When you were in high school did you concentrate on math to go into this line of work?

I was terrible at algebra, but I excelled in geometry and actually enjoyed it.  In high school, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.  When I landed in college, I figured I’d go with technology and take the computer science route.  I pretty much settled for what I considered would be a “stable” career move and a bi-weekly paycheck.

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After college I couldn’t bear the thought of sitting in front of computer screen anymore.  That’s when I joined the Army and did an 8-month tour in Afghanistan.  I wanted to get my feet wet with some real life experience, and that’s exactly what I got.

After my tour ended, I had 2 months left on my contract, and that’s when I really got interested in film. I started training again, meeting local stunt performers and throwing my resume out there.  When I got my first taste of being on set, I was all over it.

TVA:  What are some upcoming features we might see you in?

During the TV hiatus this past summer, I had the opportunity to work on some pretty amazing features.  I went to Montreal to work on Marvel’s X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and I doubled Kevin Spacey in NINE LIVES.

I then came back to start work on STAR TREK: BEYOND, as well as doing Marvel’s DEADPOOL reshoots.  It’s been a pretty amazing year, both in TV and feature films.

You can also see me do all the action/stunts for DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW series as Hawkman, which debuts on The CW and CTV on January 21.

The TV Addict thanks Jay for answering our burning questions. Here is more information about him…

He also has training and/or special skills in Taekwondo, is a Certified PADI Rescue Diver, trained in Muay Thai, PAL firearms License, Shotokan Karate, military weapons/tactics, Tactix film fighting, does both military offensive and defensive driving, free running/Parkour, and holds a Class 5,6 Drivers License.

He enjoys rock climbing, bouldering and free climbing, tumbling and trampoline, does aerial platform/zoom boom ticket, wire work, ratchets and water work and has a forklift certification class 1,4,5.   He composes and plays music and has 11+ years experience in guitar/bass/percussion.

Jay is a 7-year active duty Army veteran who saw 8 months of combat duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  He does Close Protection Operator/Security for LMS Security Solutions (South America, Caribbean, Middle East) and Close Protection for actors/set containment for LifeLine protection services (Vancouver).

Jay Bell and Nestor Cabonell on Bates Motel

He has doubled actors including Nestor Carbonell (above on BATES MOTEL), Milo Ventimiglia, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Benito Martinez, Paul McGillion, Sonke Mohring, Steve Baran, Ben Hollingsworth, Robbie Amell, Adrian McMorran, Colin O’Donoghue, Alex Carter, Kevin Spacey, Mark Consuelos, Falk Hentschel, Nick Zano and Primo Allon.

Want to see more of Jay Bell’s work?

Jay Bell photo on set of Gozilla

You can see Jay in these feature films:  GODZILLA (above), WAR: PLANET OF THE APES, DEADPOOL, STAR TREK BEYOND, NINE LIVES, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, VENDETTA, 50 SHADES OF GREY, TOMORROWLAND, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, MAN OF STEEL and THE A-TEAM.

Check out his stunt performing and acting on television in ARROW, THE 100, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE FLASH, ONCE UPON A TIME, IZOMBIE, MINORITY REPORT, THE X-FILES (2016), FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, JESSE STONE: LOST IN PARADISE, THE WHISPERS, MOTIVE, MAPLE BAY LODGE, OLYMPUS, THE TRANSPORTER, THE INTRUDERS, THE KILLING, CONTINUUM, ALMOST HUMAN, BATES MOTEL, THE WOUNDED, NIKITA, FRINGE, SUPERNATURAL, CITIZEN, CBC/FIFTH ESTATE, TO SAVE ONE’S SELF, ECHOES, SMALLVILLE, SARAH IN THE DARK, STARGATE ATLANTIS and ADICOLOR  YELLOW.

For a great compilation of Jason “Jay” Bell’s stuntwork, watch this video.

Finally, go back and check out part 1 and part 2 of our extensive interview with Jay.

Burning Questions for Jason “Jay” Bell of ARROW, THE FLASH and STAR TREK BEYOND (Part 2)

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Stunt performer, Jay Bell, seen on many stunt-intensive TV shows and top-grossing feature films, recently took time out of his active schedule to chat with THE TV ADDICT.

A former active duty soldier, Afghanistan veteran, musician, composer and father, answered our burning questions about stunt work, broken bones and some of our favorite shows.  You can see him on many television shows including ARROW, THE FLASH, SUPERNATURAL, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and feature films such as STAR TREK BEYOND, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and DEADPOOL!

Related: Read part 1 and part 3 of our interview with Jay Bell

Jay Bell doubling Milo Ventimiglia

THE TV ADDICT: How often do you have to wear special wigs, makeup, get special haircuts or dye your hair to double an actor? (seen above doubling Milo Ventimiglia)

JAY BELL: It always depends on the show.  The only time you wear a wig is if it’s for something specific or when you’re doubling an actor and they need to match your hair to the actor.  Otherwise, you’re getting a nice new haircut!

We get makeup done almost every time on set unless your face is covered by a mask/helmet or some kind of wardrobe.

When I was doubling Hawkman on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, whenever I wore the Hawkman helmet, they had to color the bottom half of my hair at the back to make it lighter and match Falk Hentschel’s, the actor who plays Hawkman.

Most memorable makeup for me was for being a zombie on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.  It was pretty wild!

TVA: What is your background?

Jay Bell in military uniform dress

I started off my journey with gymnastics and Shotokan Karate in high school.  After college, I did 7 years in the Army with a tour to Afghanistan.

These days you’ll find me hitting pads at my long time Muay Thai gym, working on flips and tumbling at the local indoor Parkour gym or training with my master at my Taekwondo Dojang.

Jay Bell gymnastics

I like to keep things varied, so that I don’t get stuck in one groove at one time.  Stunts can require a lot or a little, so if you’re prepared for a broader spectrum, you’ll set yourself up for success.

TVA: What is the most difficult type of actor/role to double?

I’d say matching the actor’s particular movement with a certain character.  A lot of times, you’ll double an actor and they move completely differently from how you would portray that same character.

For me, personally, I try and study the actor’s movement and copy their articulations as best as possible, even if it goes against feeling “right” for you.  That for me can be a tough, but also a welcomed, challenge.

TVA: If you could work with your dream director, who would it be?

Hands down, it would be Steven Spielberg.  I grew up watching almost every one of his films as a kid.  I think I might be temporarily starstruck if I saw him on set.  I have such respect for him and to be on the same set would be pretty amazing.

TVA: Do you act, sing, dance or do stage work in addition to stunts?

The only acting I get to do is on the jobs I book as a stunt/actor.  I have yet to have any experience on stage or singing/dancing gigs.  Somehow, I don’t know if that would be my niche, but never say “never.”

Jay Bell photo diving

TVA: How many hours do you train for a complex gag?

A Ratchet (“wire work”) can be a tricky one because you have to setup the machines with your particular weight, your velocity, arcs, how high you’re going and, most specifically, what’s your action before, during and after you land or hit the ground.

I’ve done some days of 12+ hours practicing one single gag.  Complex fight scenes with a lot of different moving parts can also take a long time.  We did one big sequence where the main heroes are fighting a lot of bad guys while there are complex driving sequences going on at the same time.  That was a full 2 12-hour days of rehearsing.

TVALegendary stunt person, Dar Robinson, never broke a bone in his career.  Is that really unusual, and have you?

It’s not unusual at all.  I know a lot of veteran stunt guys who have done some totally insane gags without a scratch. One friend, however, broke his neck on a feature film 5 years ago and has now fully recovered.

Luckily for me I’ve just broken a nose along with some torn ligaments in my ankles and a separated shoulder.  I don’t know…maybe I’m crazy…but that is getting off pretty easy to me (knocking on wood).

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TVA: What is the most unusual request you ever got for a stunt?

I haven’t had too many “unusual requests” but on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Hair Department pretty much told me that I’m shaving my head and beard off…except the mustache.  I was walking around Montreal for a month with a shaved head and a big dark bushy ‘stache…. not exactly the look I like to have for prolonged periods of time.

TVA: What hobbies do you have?

Completely unrelated to film, I’m an avid guitarist.  Whenever I have any time to myself and I’m not training, working or changing my daughter’s diapers, I’m playing and recording my own music on my MacBook.  It’s the only time I get to be alone in my own musical creative world.

That being said, I look at my career as a stunt performer as a hobby.  I think the moment I look at it as a job, I might start feeling different about it, and I don’t want that.  For me, it’s the most fun paid hobby you can have.

Check out Part 1 and Part 3 of our interview with Jay Bell.

Burning Questions for Jason “Jay” Bell of ARROW, THE FLASH and STAR TREK BEYOND (Part 1)

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No, your eyes are not fooling you in the photo.  The faces above are not exactly the same faces that you see on THE FLASH and ARROW.  Those are the stunt performers who do the “ballet to sound effects” performed so brilliantly each week.  To the far left is Jay Bell, doubling Robbie Amell’s Firestorm.

Jay is a stunt double, stunt performer, actor and motion capture performer who has worked on such stunt-intensive television shows as THE FLASH, ARROW, SUPERNATURAL and the upcoming LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, as well as feature films X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, STAR TREK BEYOND and THE A-TEAM.

Jay Bell Afghanistan

A former active duty soldier, Afghanistan veteran, musician, composer and father, Jay was kind enough to take time out of his incredibly busy schedule to answer our burning questions about stunt work, broken bones and some of our favorite shows!

Related: Read part 2 and part 3 of our interview with Jay Bell

THE TV ADDICT: You have worked on some of the most stunt-packed shows on television and top-grossing films.  What is the hardest part about being a stunt performer?

JAY BELL That’s a good question.  The hardest thing about being a stuntman, in my opinion, is the physicality of the job. The longer you do it, the more it takes a toll on your body.

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When you’re constantly being thrown through the ringer… physically…it definitely catches up faster than you think.  I’ve torn all of the ligaments in both ankles, broken my nose and separated my right shoulder multiple times.

In my mind, though, whatever injuries you incur over the span of your career are worth it because it’s one of the coolest jobs you can possibly have.

Jay Bell Firestorm

TVA: Do you do a lot of work with CGI and what is most interesting about it?

Now that TV and film have become so reliant on CGI to fill in the gaps, I’ve had plenty of opportunities.  In my experience, CGI has brought energy and life to the characters for the viewers to enjoy at home.

I doubled Robbie Amell last season on THE FLASH as “Firestorm.”  His character is a superhero on the show whose body lights up on fire.

I got to do a lot of the action for that character.  I got so excited every time I had an opportunity to “flame on” and pretend like I’m calling upon this awesome force and become this badass human fireball.

It was the same with Hawkman on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.  I got to pretend I’m sprouting these huge angel-like wings from my back as if I were some demigod, whether I was on a wire flying around or sweeping a bad guy’s legs out with one wing.  CGI is very cool to work with and even cooler when you get to see the finished product.

TVA: What is the hardest part about keeping your face away from the camera?

That can be a tough one to pull off.   Sometimes, the camera is pointing directly at your face during your action, so you definitely have to be creative on how to sell a movement, whether its a simple punch or doing wire work.

If the director does not want your face seen, you have to be sure it’s not seen.  A lot of times, you would typically sell a hit away from camera.

TVA: Did you ever forget to duck (sorry, I had to ask, LOL)?

mmm…..yes….It sucked, and I was totally embarrassed.   But, it sold well to the camera!

TVA: How many parts can you double on one project?

As many as the Coordinator/Director wants.  One of my close friends who works on ARROW as a lead double has doubled 8-10 different characters on that single production.

It also depends if you’re a full-time double for one of the main characters or just for an actor for that particular episode.  If you’re unavailable or have too much on your plate, most of the time they’ll try and find another performer with your particulars and skillset to fill in for you.

TVA: As a stuntman, you are required to act as well as throw a punch.  Could you tell us a little more about that?

Almost every single one of my acting credits has been a Stunt/Actor Credit.

I still have to go through the audition process like any actor would, but in these cases they typically want a stunt performer who they know can throw out some lines with no problem as well as do the actual stunt.

It’s a lot of fun, as I tend to get really into character, even with one line.

TVA: What is your specialty, e.g. horses, fire, cars, hand-to-hand?

For me it’s definitely hand-to-hand and fighting.  I have a background in Muay Thai and Taekwondo so that style of stunts comes more naturally to me.

I’d love to get into more driving/motorcycle style of stunts but most of those guys have been in the business for 20+ years and have earned those coveted spots with skill and time in.  Someday, though!

TVA: Do you take acting and dance lessons in addition to strength training or boxing or have you learned how to act on set?

I’ve literally taken one acting class in my life.  Everything else I’ve learned regarding acting has been by watching other actors on set and how they portray their characters.  I think it’s better than any acting class you can take and you get to see an array of different styles.

You can also read part 2 and part 3 of our interview with Bell.

 

 

ARROW Gets the SMALLVILLE Treatment: Who Didn’t Wear it Better?!

Hot on the heels of The CW releasing a trifecta of posters touting their new fall offerings, this TV Addict — who as regular readers can attest to has an inexplicable need to highlight Hollywood’s penchant for making us see double — finds ourselves with little choice but to ask the Fall’s first slightly awkward albeit painfully obvious question: Who didn’t wear it better in their respective series premiere posters, SMALLVILLE’s Tom Welling or ARROW’s Stephen Amell? [Read more…]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: CW President Mark Pedowitz Dishes on Ratings, RINGER, THE L.A. COMPLEX & More!

On what went wrong with RINGER
Despite CW President Mark Pedowitz’s assertion that he loved being back in business with Sarah Michelle Gellar, a combination of story complexity and poor performance in both the online digital and social spaces was too much for RINGER to overcome. Said Pedowitz, “Sarah Michelle Gellar and I have had many discussions since Spring and the one thing we did come away with, when she’s ready, is that we’d love her to come back to The CW as an actor or a producer.”

On The CW’s sagging [overnight] ratings
Cementing our long-held belief that Nielsen ratings have never been more obsolete, Pedowitz was quick to defend his Networks viewership levels. As expected, more people than ever are tuning into The CW, they’re just doing it on the likes of hulu.com, thecw.com and the Network’s iPad app. To that end, Pedowitz recently made the decision to roll our a rebranding campaign this August that replaces the Networks’ dated tagline: TV to ‘talk/blog/tweet about,’ with ‘TV Now.’ [Read more…]

Could Michael Rosenbaum Be the Next Voice of Charlie? ANGELS co-creator Al Gough Spills All… Plus His Thoughts on the SMALLVILLE’s Controversial Series Finale

Could ABCs new trifecta of angels be answering the phone, “Good Morning Michael” this fall? They could if SMALLVILLE’s Michael Rosenbaum has anything to say about it.

“Rosenbaum keeps sending me tapes to be the voice of Charlie — seriously — he’s sent me three,” revealed CHARLIE’S ANGELS co-creator Al Gough when asked at this morning’s Television Critics Association Press Tour about the chances of seeing any of his former SMALLVILLE co-workers pop up on ANGELS now that they may-or have some time on their hands. “I think he might be a little young, but we’d obviously love to have any of them come on the show at some point.” [Read more…]

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Our One Teensy Little Problem with SMALLVILLE’s Super Finale

After 10 seasons of defeating a seemingly never-ending parade of evildoers, it should come as no surprise that Friday’s SMALLVILLE series finale had Clark Kent finally meeting his match. That said, what should come as a surprise was that he failed to overcome the most menacing, the most terrifying and the most powerful villain of them all: The Warner Bros. legal department (Who, in keeping with our somewhat super theme, we will be referring to from here on in as the “Over-Billers!” Terrifying, right?) Or at least that’s what we spent the better part of two hours thinking as we jumped back on board the bandwagon to celebrate the series finale of SMALLVILLE.

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Test Your Fandom Mettle By Placing This Piece of SMALLVILLE History

In celebrating of SMALLVILLE ending its momentous 10 year run this evening, executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson were kind enough to send theTVaddict.com our very own piece of SMALLVILLE history. Think you can place it? Take your best guess in the comments below and be sure to check back with us at 10PM (EST) — the precise time we predict Clark Kent will finally break his “No Tights, No Flights” policy — for the answer.

SMALLVILLE Scoop: Executive Producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders Discuss Tonight’s Epic Ending to a Remarkable 10 Year Journey


 
SMALLVILLE’s momentous journey from man-to-Superman has enthralled viewers for the past decade.  For any show, 10 years is remarkable by any measure, and for SMALLVILLE it is a simultaneous passing of the torch and the solidifying of a legacy.  Not wanting to leave the fans hanging or wanting for anything, executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson have made it their mission to jam-pack as much of the significant elements of both Superman-mythology and SMALLVILLE into this final season.  Then as the show came down to the wire, they tried to squish even more into the two-hour finale.  At a special sneak peek screening, members of the press were treated to a glimpse of what that finale will offer.  Suffice it to say, fans will be really happy.  In fact, there just might be shouts of joy and jubilation as each new surprise is unveiled.
 
In order to do justice to both the show, which spanned ten amazing years, Brian and Kelly took it upon themselves to re-watch not only the pilot episode, but also watched several other pivotal episodes to make sure that they hit all the right notes.  They wanted to ensure a heart-warming and promise-filled send off for a show that touched so many lives and provided countless hours of entertainment for the fans.  They also understood that it was not their job to conclude the Superman story, but rather to merge the worlds of SMALLVILLE and the overall Superman mythology.  Thus, their job was to build the bridge in the finale, not close the book.  The finale will be more of a hand-off between the two worlds – after all, the story of Clark Kent and Superman is just beginning.  So in the finale look for some long-lost familiar faces to pop-up and some long awaited iconic moments to finally be fulfilled.  That will be Brian and Kelly’s legacy and gift to the fans.  Blood, sweat and tears – all because they loved the show and the fans to make it as damn near perfect as possible.
 
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