Hellcats is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats. Against her every instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money. Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhouse college football program in the deep South. The series stars Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe, Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura, Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn, Matt Barr as Dan Patch, with Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge and Gail O’Grady as Wanda Perkins. HELLCATS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Tom Welling Productions, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Allan Arkush (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”). The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush.
Hellcats has carved out a niche in the CW Network's Tuesday night lineup, and, although a Season 2 renewal hasn't officially been announced yet, most are expecting another season. The series is set within the competitive world of college cheerleading, and the man most responsible for the dance numbers and cheer routines is choreographer Paul Becker. The show just returned after a month and a half hiatus on Tuesday, April 19 and the show will run continuously until the Season 1 finale on Tuesday, May 17. I had a chance to speak with Paul Becker over the phone to discuss his work on the series. Here's what he had to say.
I read you're a protege of Kenny Ortega. I was curious how you first got into the whole business as a choreographer in general?Read More
The CW Network announced today its midseason schedule, with the majority of the network's primetime schedule returning with original episodes the week of January 24, including a new night for Hellcats. The network also announced the premiere of an all new cycle of America's Next Top Model and the series premiere of Shedding for the Wedding.
The CW's primetime schedule returns from holiday break with an all-new slate of original episodes the week of January 24, beginning Monday night with original episodes of 90210 and Gossip Girl.Read More
The CW Network gave full season, back nine episode orders to both of its freshman hits Hellcats and Nikita, as well as One Tree Hill, now in its eighth season, it was announced today by Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW.
Of The CW's new shows receiving back nine episode orders, first-year drama Hellcats, starring Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale, has proven itself by scoring the best retention of any show to follow veteran reality hit America's Next Top Model. Since its premiere, Hellcats has dramatically improved The CW's Wednesday 9-10pm time period by 80% in women 18-34 (1.8/5), 100% in adults 18-34 (1.2/4) and 126% in total viewers (2.5mil). With breakout star Maggie Q, Nikita has become the second most-watched show on The CW (3.6mil), paired with the network's most watched series The Vampire Diaries.Read More
New series. Episode 1.01: A World Full of Strangers premieres on September 8th at 9/8 central. Series airs Wednesday nights at 9/8 central only on The CW.Read More
The CW Network has set its fall premiere schedule, launching its fifth broadcast season with 10 hours of original programming of returning favorites and two new series.
On Wednesday, September 8, Cycle 15 of the hit reality series America's Next Top Model (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) kicks-off the 2010-2011 season, followed by the series premiere of new drama Hellcats (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). Hellcats is a pumped-up drama about a young pre-law student (Alyson Michalka, Bandslam) whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college's competitive cheerleading squad. This fun, energetic series is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama, politics and pressure surrounding the football program at a Southern university. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) also stars as a young woman who is totally committed to the cheerleading squad to realize her dreams.Read More
The CW Network unveiled the schedule for its 2010-2011 season today at a presentation for advertisers, affiliates and national media in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, where singer Katy Perry rocked the house to open the show. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.
"After just four short years as a network, The CW will premiere our strongest schedule ever this fall, with a combination of hit shows and exciting new series giving us all-original programming five nights a week for the first time," said Ostroff. "We've been growing this network one hit at a time and we're poised for a great 2010-11 season. This year The Vampire Diaries was a smash out of the box for us, and another freshman show, 'Life UneXpected,' also opened strong and began building an intense, loyal following. On the heels of breaking Gossip Girl and 90210 the last two seasons and the enduring popularity of Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill and America's Next Top Model, we had more strong program development and believe we have the goods once again with Nikita and Hellcats, two shows that are fun, fast and loud, and will enable us to make noise in the marketplace this fall. These hot new dramas will extend The CW brand and our hold on the coveted young female demographic, with international action-film star Jackie Chan protégé Maggie Q starring as Nikita, an empowered woman fighting for justice, and Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical and Alyson Michalka of Bandslam in Hellcats, a lively new series about a pre-law student whose life turns upside down when she joins the cheerleading team at a major Southern university.Read More