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TV Series Review

A college football cheerleader is the last thing Lancer University pre-law student Marti Perkins ever expected to be. But when she loses her scholarship, the Memphis native is forced to swallow her pride and get creative to finance the rest of her education. Her only hope? Competing for one open spot on Lancer's elite cheerleading corps, the Hellcats.

It's an unlikely turn of events for this feisty, independent young woman who's more comfortable wearing black than a blazing yellow-and-blue miniskirt. But Marti's experience as a high school gymnast and passion for dance attract the attention of coach Vanessa Lodge, who knows her team needs an infusion of new moves if it hopes to compete at Nationals.

But almost as soon as Marti dons the skimpy Hellcat uniform, she's confronted by the fact that competition within the team can be even fiercer than anything she's likely to face on the floor. And if the team's complex relational dynamics didn't infuse Marti's life with enough drama, there's also her dysfunctional relationship with her well-meaning but alcoholic mother, Wanda, on whom she spends equal energy trying to take care of and avoid. And then there's her best friend, Dan, a townie with a secret crush on her who's not convinced her newfound cheerleading career is the best thing that's ever happened.

With Disney alums Aly Michalka (known for her band Aly & AJ and the TV show Phil of the Future) and Ashley Tisdale (of  High School Musical fame) onboard, this college-age series may very well attract more fans than its CW siblings. But speaking of CW siblings (such as  90210 and Gossip Girl), Hellcats clearly follows their lead when it comes to Drama. (Note the italics and the capital D.) Its bare, impossibly sculpted midriffs and sexual material fit the network like a cheerleader's miniskirt, too.

(The series is based on the book Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders.)

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Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins; Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe; Matt Barr as Dan Patch; Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura; Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn; Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge; Gail O'Grady as Wanda Perkins






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