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'Hellcats' Premiere Review

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 8th 2010 12:00PM
What it is: An energetic CW show about energetic cheerleaders.

When it airs:
'Hellcats' debuts 9PM ET Wednesday on the CW.

'Hellcats' is exactly what you'd expect a CW show about cheerleaders to be. That is not necessarily a bad thing.

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News Roundup: 'Glee' Promo Teases Relationship Drama, 'Buffy' Star to Guest on 'Private Practice' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2010 7:00PM
GleeRachel and Finn are finally happy together on 'Glee' ... right? Well, if you're living your life spoiler-free, stop reading.

In a new promo, Fox teases the love triangle square of Rachel, Finn, Quinn and Puck. But that's not the only romantic tease; nope, we get our first look at Tina and Mike (other Asian) and some more Terri/Emma/Will drama. Check out the promo after the jump.

There's no new music in this one, but if you haven't seen the promo with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'Empire State of Mind,' you should check it out.

In other TV news ...

The CW is going to attempt to break the world record for "Largest Cheerleading Dance" to promote 'Hellcats.' On Sept. 4, the network hopes to get more than 297 participants -- the current record -- to Frisco Memorial Stadium in Texas. [Live Feed]

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star Nicholas Brendon will guest star on 'Private Practice.' Series creator Shonda Rhimes announced the news on Twitter. [Shonda Rhimes]

Cleo King of 'Deadwood' and 'Sons of Anarchy' fame will recur on CBS's 'Mike & Molly.' King is set to play the grandmother to Reno Wilson's Carl. [TV Guide]

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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Pilot Watch: 'Hellcats'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 19th 2010 2:03PM
Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka in 'Hellcats' on CWIn our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. Some of those changes have already been announced.

Show: 'Hellcats'
Network: CW
Timeslot: Wednesdays, 9PM ET (Premieres September 8)


The lowdown: Marti Perkins (Alyson Michalka) just found out that her scholarship to study pre-law at Lancer University in Memphis was revoked. Her barmaid mother Wanda (Gail O'Grady) was supposed to let her know so she had a chance to get it back, but as Marti has experienced through a lifetime of taking care of her irresponsible mother, her mother ended up dropping the ball. So, in a desperate move to earn another scholarship and stay in school, she tries out for an opening on the college's competitive cheeleading team, known as the Hellcats. It's definitely not her style, but she has the moves to pique the interest of both coach Vanessa Lodge (Sharon Leal) and captain Savannah (Ashley Tisdale), who takes Marti under her very meticulous wing. Marti takes the place of Alex (Heather Hemmens), who doesn't like the new team member one bit, even if her abilities could take them to the national championship.

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Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka Cheer on 'Hellcats' - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 30th 2010 12:40AM
HellcatsNot content with just being the small screen's Superman, Tom Welling was on hand at the CW's TCA panel to promote 'Hellcats,' the new cheerleading show he's producing with Kevin Murphy.

Stars Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka were also in attendance on the panel, which was peppy as a pep squad with reporters talking all over each other to put their questions to the cast.

Some of the highlights are included below.

-- On the comparisons with 'Glee,' Murphy said "I'd never have the temerity to compete with 'Glee' in terms of razzle-dazzle. While the dancing is a huge component of the show, it exists with one foot in the world of the characters -- no-one will tune in for the awesome three minutes of dancing we'll provide without that."


More after the jump!

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CW Executive Session: 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries' and More - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 29th 2010 7:20PM
Dawn OstroffCW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff was on hand to answer questions about the network's fall schedule Thursday afternoon and gave a few interesting tidbits regarding the future of 'Supernatural,' the success of 'The Vampire Diaries' and their strategies for online streaming.

As we previously reported at Comic-Con, season six of 'Supernatural' will be seen as a throwback to season 1. Show creator Eric Kripke will still be involved in the day-to-day running of the show along with new showrunner Sera Gamble and executive producer Bob Singer. The CW is "very excited" about the creative direction of the show this season, and Ostroff suggested that season 6 might be even stronger creatively than last year's ratings-boosting run.

• The groundbreaking success of 'The Vampire Diaries' will help provide a strong lead-in for 'Nikita', though Ostroff hopes 'Nikita' will attract a different audience to help boost the ratings of both shows.

More after the jump!

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CW Renews 'One Tree Hill,' 'Life Unexpected'; 'Melrose Place' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 18th 2010 1:55PM
One Tree HillIt looks like 'One Tree Hill' will live on for another season

According to the Live Feed, the CW gave the longrunning series a surprise renewal order today, while also picking up the low-rated freshman dramedy 'Life Unexpected.'

This will mark 'One Tree Hill's' eighth season on the air.

Meanwhile, the CW also made room for two newbie series. First up is 'Nikita,' starring Maggie Q as a rogue assassin.

Also getting picked up today: 'Hellcats,' a new series about a competitive cheerleading squad at a Southern university. Ashley Tisdale of 'High School Musical' fame stars alongside singer-actress Aly Michalka.

And now for the bad news: The CW has decided not to renew its 'Melrose Place' reboot for a second season, according to Variety. 'Merlose' is the network's only scripted series not returning next season.

Apparently, Heather Locklear can't save everything.

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Ashley Tisdale Goes to 'Hellcats'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 18th 2010 4:00PM
Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale is making her way from the Disney Channel to regular broadcast TV for the CW's new pilot, 'Hellcats' (not to be confused with 'High School Musical's' Wildcats).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer-actress joins Aly Michalka in the Tom Welling-produced series, about a competitive college cheerleading team. Michalka plays Marti, a sort-of bad girl who joins the Hellcats after budget cuts and her mother's irresponsibility cause her to lose her scholarship.

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The CW Greenlights Dramas From Hayden Panettiere, Tom Welling

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 3rd 2010 11:45AM
For the last half decade, 'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere and 'Smallville' lead Tom Welling have been performing superheroic acts in front of the camera. But do their powers extend behind the camera as well?

That's the question the CW is looking to answer: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the youthful network has given the greenlight to three new pilots, including shows from both Panettiere and Welling, who will be trading in their tights for the mantles of executive producer.

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