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Fall TV 2010: My Review of CW’s Hellcats

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. First up, CW leads the network for premieres, starting with Hellcats….What the CW Says:

HELLCATS is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at LancerUniversity 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 powerhousecollege 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.

Tune In: I think you can Hellcats, the first Glee-repeat for TV, after the FOX smash hit big last year and networks love to try to tap in to that frenzy. Hellcats does not rely of song but big cheer numbers to your favorite pop stars seem to headline the pilot, which airs tonight at 9/8c after Top Model.

Hellcats strength is in its fun of spotting familiar faces, like the leading lady Aly Michalka who you may know from one of Disney Channel’s best shows Phil of the Future, also in the cast is Battlestar Galactica‘s Aaron Douglas as seemingly the school villain. However, that is where the fun stops.

Tune Out: Tom Welling produced this CW drama, and I think he better stick to the sci-fi because Hellcats never connects and is a lackluster teen drama, that really fails in delivering the fun. The pilot is bleak and condescending both in its characters personalities and plot. The pilot never addresses why I should care for Marti, who seemingly has to become a cheerleader, but all of sudden becomes the leader. The connections just are not there.

Watch, Record, Skip?: The show certainly has its target audience and The CW was wise to air it out of the most competitive Top Model in a while but its nothing to DVR each week. Hellcats airs tonight at 9/8c on The CW.