PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: CW cheers for 'Hellcats'

Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:01 PM Written by 

HC100a_2356rBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A pre-law student finds herself forced to join a college cheerleading squad in order to pay for her education in The CW's "Hellcats."

Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay in the "High School Musical" franchise) plays one of the cheerleaders, Savannah, and Aly Michalka stars as Marti, the pre-law student who must cheer for her tuition dollars.

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"Hellcats" executive producer Kevin Murphy ("Caprica," "Desperate Housewives") said the new CW series was inspired by aspirational sports movies of the '80s like "Breaking Away," "Vision Quest" and Pittsburgh-set "Flashdance."

"Those are movies where characters in difficult economic circumstances come together and form these relationships that happen in sports teams where a de facto family is formed," Murphy said. "This is a show either for optimists or people who are interested in learning the trade."

Murphy said the law element gives the show a franchise and Marti will face conflicts between her education and what she does to earn money for that education.

"Marti is really trying to balance something that's viewed by the people around her as frivolous and there's nothing more diginified than law," he said. "One of the things cheerleaders have to do in this time of budget cuts is to do a calendar and that makes Marti wonder, 'If I do this cheesecake calendar, I could be before a judge who owns one of these calendars.' That's a real dillema for someone who wants to have a future career."

Tom Welling, who plays Clark Kent on "Smallville," is an executive producer on "Hellcats," which films at a studio in Vancouver 10 minutes away from the "Smallville" stages.
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