Hellcats is an American cheerleading comedy-drama series for The CW starring Alyson Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones, and Matt Barr. Based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick and described as “Election meets Bring It On” by critics, the series follows the life of Marti Perkins, a pre-law college student who has to join the cheerleading team, the Hellcats, in order to maintain her scholarship.
On May 18, 2010, it was announced that Hellcats had been picked by The CW for the fall 2010–11 season. On May 20, 2010, during its 2010–11 season schedule presentation, The CW announced their intention to air Hellcats after America’s Next Top Model on Wednesday nights starting September 8, 2010 at 9/8c.
Hellcats revolves around Marti, a pre-law college student at Lancer College in Memphis, Tennessee, who comes from the wrong side of town. When budget cutbacks and her mother’s carelessness cause her to lose her scholarship, she is forced to look for a new one. She overhears that one of the college cheerleaders has become injured, and a place on the team is available. Seeing no other option, Marti uses her previous gymnastic training to try out for a spot on the team, and a chance to get the scholarship that comes with it.After the team coach and captain see the potential for adding something new and different to the team, Marti makes it onto the Hellcats, the college’s competitive cheerleading team.