'Hellcats' Review: It's Already Been Broughten


Hellcats, the CW's new cheerleading drama premiering tonight at 9pm, is not another Bring It On. Sire, the show owes a lot to the success of the cheerleading movie franchise, but Hellcats isn't just a carbon copy of the Kirsten Dunst film.


Instead, it's a carbon copy of One Tree Hill.


This isn't necessarily a bad, but anyone who remembers the first season of OTH will suffer a serious case of deja vu while watching Hellcats.


In the new drama, Aly Michalka plays Marti, a poor college student from the wrong side of the tracks whose only hope for financial aid is a cheerleading scholarship. No, seriously, that's the actual premise of the show. Against her principles, she joins the Hellcats, an elite cheerleading squad led by Savannah (High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale).


To fully understand the One Tree Hill comparison, all you need to realize is that Marti is blonde (like Chad Michael Murray's Lucas) and Savannah is brunette (like James Lafferty's Nathan). While they're not sisters, the two butt heads immediately and their dispute, much like the feuding brothers at the start of One Tree Hill, drives all the drama.


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