Tom Welling: Hellcats' Cheerleaders Stay Grounded

CW's new cheerleading series Hellcats has plenty of sis-boom-bah, the the producers stress that the series is grounded in character-driven drama.

"I think there's a lot of heart," said Smallville star and executive producer Tom Welling at Thursday's Television Critics Association fall preview. "I think there's a lot of struggle from all the characters, especially our lead. And it's sort of that journey [of] her finding her identity and what she's going to do with her life."

That lead is Marti (Alyson Michalka), who joins the cheerleading squad for scholarship money when she faces being chucked out of college. Cheerleading gives her space from her childish mother.

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