‘Smallville’ alum Tom Welling trades superhero past for police work on ‘Lucifer’


Lucifer

Monday, 8 p.m., Fox

“Smallville” star Tom Welling is soaring back to TV six years after the Superman origin series ended in 2011.

Welling, 40, has joined the supernatural Fox drama “Lucifer” as Marcus Pierce, a no-nonsense lieutenant in the LAPD homicide unit where the manipulative title character — the devil himself, played by Tom Ellis — serves as a consultant. The new role is a far cry from the emo version of Clark Kent he played for 10 years.

“Marcus comes off as very polar opposite, tonally, to everyone else on the show,” Welling told The Post by phone from LA. “My character comes in and shakes things up. It felt really exciting to me, like someone I hadn’t played before.”

Here’s what else Welling — a Putnam Valley, NY, native — had to say about his new character and post-“Smallville” life.

Welling starred on “Smallville” for 10 years.Everett Collection

Since “Smallville” ended, you’ve run a production company and been in a few movies, but this is your return to acting on TV. Did you intentionally step away from the series grind?
Yeah, I was happy to take a break. I’m not complaining, but filming in Vancouver for 10 years, away from pretty much everybody you know — I wanted to take some time to do the things I couldn’t do. I used to drive up from LA at the beginning of the season and then 10 months later drive back down. And I remember crossing the border for the last time, getting back to the United States and being like, “This is a new beginning; this is also gonna be great.”

You were already a fan of “Lucifer” before you joined the cast. What did you like about it?
The tone — the procedural-slash-comedy and the lightheartedness. Especially the way Lucifer operates, the idea that he gives people choices and opportunities that shed a light on the deep, dark secrets and desires they have. It delves into the human condition of, “If I really could have what I wanted, what would that mean?”

Pierce is an older character with graying temples. Are those real, or courtesy of the show’s hairstylist?
I want to say it’s not real, but, no, it’s been a few years since “Smallville.” You know, a little older, a little wiser, a little more serious. Maybe a few more pounds. That was definitely a character choice — I had to gain weight.

Did you keep any souvenirs from the “Smallville” set?
I think I have some posters. You know, [Michael] Rosenbaum [who played Lex Luthor] would steal props that weren’t even his; he’s really the collector. Some day I may break into his house. I guarantee you he has a bunch of souvenirs of Clark’s. I picture him running around in the red Clark jacket or something.

— Eric Hegedüs


And here’s what else to watch this week:

Ghosted

Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Series premiere. When an employee of the Bureau Underground goes missing, paranormal devotée Max (Adam Scott) and ex-detective Leroy (Craig Robinson) are recruited to find him — and uncover alien activity in their own city, LA.

ABC

Ten Days in the Valley

Sunday, 10 p.m., ABC
Series premiere. While meeting a script deadline, TV producer Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick, inset) pulls an all-nighter, during which time her young daughter (Abigail Pniowsky) goes missing. Time for mom to freak out.

Will & Grace

Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC
Will (Eric McCormack) dates a millennial (Ben Platt) who scores no points when he flaunts his ignorance of gay-rights history. With Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and Debra Messing.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

Tuesday, 10 p.m., ABC
Series premiere. Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) returns to his childhood home to live with his twin sister, Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), a widow with one child. When a meteorite lands near Amy’s place, Kevin meets Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory), a “celestial guide” who sends him on a more righteous path. This trajectory includes the saving of souls. At least he’ll get out of the house.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Sunday, 10 p.m, HBO
Season premiere. Larry (Larry David) tries to rid himself of an inept assistant and later offends an Ayatollah when he promotes his new Broadway musical, entitled “Fatwa!” With Cheryl Hines and Ted Danson.

The Mayor

Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Series premiere. Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall, below) needs his big break. He’s been making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet for years. Tired of waiting for opportunity to knock on his door, Courtney cooks up a crazy publicity stunt — he decides to run for mayor of his California hometown, to generate buzz for his music career. But his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory. With Lea Michele.

ABC

The Gifted

Monday, 9 p.m., Fox
Series premiere. Suburban couple Reed and Caitlin Strucker (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their kids on the lam when they discover their teens are mutants and are wanted by a police militia for “observation.”



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