Former Smallville star Tom Welling is plotting a return to television with a starring role in Section 13, a drama series project at CBS. The drama, now in development, hails from Smallville producer Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Tom Welling Productions.

CBS Logo Featured 1Written by Bones alumna Carla Kettner, Section 13 centers on a CIA black ops officer-turned-private contractor (Welling) who, after a personal tragedy, joins a covert organization devoted to carrying out the most difficult and dangerous high-stakes assignments. Welling and Kettner executive produce.

In addition to serving as co-executive producer and executive producer on Smallville for the long-running series’ final two seasons, WeKettnerlling through his production company, which has been under a pod deal at WBTV, has developed and sold multiple projects. One of them, cheerleader drama Hellcats, went to series at the CW with Welling executive producing.

Since his star-making stint as Clark Kent/Superman on Smallville, which ended its 10-season run in 2011, Welling had been focused on features as an actor, co-starring in Parkland and Draft Day. He will next be seen in The Choice. 

Kettner spent the last five years on the Fox dramedy Bones, rising to an executive producer. She most recently served as co-executive producer on the CBS summer drama series Zoo. 

Welling, who directed 8 episodes of Smallville, and Kettner, are repped by WME Entertainment.