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Ashley Tisdale confirmed for the cast of Hellcats!
The rumors are confirmed! From The Futon Critic:

HELLCATS (The CW) - "High School Musical" alumna Ashley Tisdale has joined the cast of the presentation, a drama set in the world of competitive college cheerleading. She'll play Sierra Sloane ("a petite and peppy Texan with fierce intensity"), the captain of the Lancer University Hellcats. Aly Michalka and Gail O'Grady also star in the project, which was penned by Kevin Murphy. CBS Television Studios, Tom Welling Productions and Warner Bros. Television are co-producing.

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ashley Tisdale to co-star in 'Hellcats'
Actress-singer will play cheerleading team captain

By Nellie Andreeva

March 18, 2010, 02:50 PM ET

In her first regular broadcast series gig, actress-singer Ashley Tisdale has signed on to co-star on the CW pilot "Hellcats."

"Hellcats," which is executive produced by "Smallville" star Tom Welling, centers on Marti (Aly Michalka), a college girl from the wrong side of the tracks who, after losing her scholarship because of budget cutbacks and her mother's (Gail O'Grady) chronic irresponsibility, joins the Hellcats, the college's competitive cheerleading team.

"High School Musical" alumna Tisdale will play Sierra, the peppy and fiercely intense captain of the Hellcats who, after an initial clash with Marti, her new roommate, realizes that she just might be the godsend the Hellcats need to win the championship.

Like Michalka, who starred on Disney Channel's "Phil of the Future," Tisdale has also become a star on Disney Channel.

In addition to her role as Sharpay Evans in the "HSM" franchise, she also co-starred on the channel's comedy "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and voiced a character on "Phineas and Ferb."

On broadcast TV, she did an arc on the CBS sitcom "Still Standing."


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From Hollywood Insider at EW.com:

Ashley Tisdale joins CW pilot about cheerleaders
by Lynette Rice

Mar 18 2010 02:58 PM ET

Ashley Tisdale has finally graduated from high school! The CW confirmed today that the High School Musical alum is joining the cast of Hellcats, a dramedy in the works for fall from executive producers Kevin Murphy and Tom Welling. (Yep, that Tom Welling from Smallville.) Think Bring it On — the ensemble drama focuses on the world of competitive college cheerleading.

Hellcats is one six dramas the CW is developing for its fall lineup. The others include Betwixt (a thriller based on the novel of the same name), Nikita (an update of La Femme Nikita), Nomads (young backpackers earn money overseas by working for the CIA), an untitled project from Amy Holden Jones (about Harvard Medical School students), and an untitled project that takes place in Wyoming (a sudser about a family living on a horse farm).


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I think this is smart casting. Ashley Tisdale has a pretty big fan following. And I happen to be one myself. :)

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: March 18th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to thank you for sharing all these info to us :)
I've heard of her but I don't know if she's good. I'm glad to know you like her though.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 18th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're enjoying the Hellcats updates! :)

I know her from the three High School Musical movies, and I've seen a few episodes of the show she used to do on The Disney Channel. I think she's great. It's funny, she and Aly are both singers, so I have to ask again, is Hellcats a musical?

I should note, however, that this show is billed as a drama, and I've never seen Ashley in a serious role.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: March 18th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Ashley!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 18th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love her, and Aly!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 19th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Since Ashley Tisdale is a name that people know, I definitely think that her being connected to the pilot gives it some market-ability. Or something like that. :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree! My inbox was flooded with Google Alerts about her casting, and Twitter was on fire with the news. She brings free publicity for the show, and a built-in fan base.

That said, however, that's not at all why I'm excited to see her attached to the project. I just think she's fabulous. :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: March 19th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, crap. Now I'm going to have to watch this. I love Ashley Tisdale. Sharpay was my favourite thing about HSM!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Ashley Tisdale, too! Sharpay was entirely awesome. It would be cool to see AT take on a role that is more serious and grown up than the Disney characters we know so well.

I think signing Ashley was a real casting coup. I wonder if her involvement will increase the chances of the show getting picked up.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 19th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is quite the cast Tom's assembling there.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far I'm impressed with everyone connected to the production, cast and crew alike. And the news about AT has generated a lot of internet buzz for the show over the past 24 hours.

I wonder, if this show gets picked up, what happens with Caprica? *ponders*
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