The Hellcats season premiere finally arrives on the CW tonight. The Hellcats season premiere brings competitive cheerleading to television, introducing a new type of teen drama to the network that has specialized in them the past few years. It also marks the return of Ashley Tisdale to the television screen, but it’s not as if people had time to miss her. Before Tisdale got her big break in the High School Musical trilogy as Sharpay Evans, she was also on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zach and Cody as a supporting character. Now she is back as a strong supporting character again for a new show.
Alyson Michalka is the real star of Hellcats, though, who is also someone emerging from the Disney stable of stars. She plays the role of Marti Perkins, a pre-law student who has suddenly lost her financial aid. She can’t afford to stay in college anymore, but when she finds out that there is an open cheerleading scholarship available, she works her hardest to win it. The problem, though, is that Marti doesn’t fit into the world of cheerleading, actually making fun of it and everyone involved before she is forced to reorganize her priorities. Hellcats begins from that viewpoint, and spins off into a show about cheerleading.
Hellcats certainly seems like a show that was written for the CW Network, and has all the making of something that could become quite successful. There is a ring of the original seasons of One Tree Hill to the show, where many storylines revolved around the girls all being cheerleaders. Hellcats plans to go much more in-depth, though, and has a number of elements from the movie Bring It On (with Kirsten Dunst), where the not-so-fun side of competitive cheerleading is shown. This is a serious sport to those who participate in it, and Hellcats will give viewers a look at what it takes to actually compete.
The first episode of Hellcats appears at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and will follow the 15th season premiere of America’s Next Top Model on the CW. They have only finished up four episodes of the show so far, most likely because they want to see how the ratings of the season premiere work out, and that will dictate how fast they try to bring out more episodes for the rest of the first season. With all of the promotion given on the CW to new shows like Hellcats and Nikita, this seems like a show that could do really well if viewers are ready to get back into fall television.