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Aly Michalka mentions Hellcats on Loveline

Because I am obsessed with anything to do with Tom Welling, I tracked down another tidbit about Hellcats. This is what Aly Michalka had to say about the show on Loveline last night. Make of it what you will. :)

Dr. Drew Pinsky: Can you talk about your upcoming project?

Aly Michalka: Yeah, of course! I was just telling Dr. Drew that I got exciting news this past week, that I booked the lead in a new CW drama called Hellcats, and I'm going up to Vancouver to shoot the pilot in a couple of weeks.

Dr. Drew: And it's about?

Aly: It's about competitive college cheerleading. It's cool, it's got a lot of great energy.

Dr. Drew: Is it going to be a Glee-esque kind of thing?

Aly: It's kind of got a Glee vibe to it, yeah, but it has the drama aspects of like, Gossip Girl, and I think that females will be able to really relate to the characters, but it's got an edge to it, it's got definitely an edge to the show, and my character has kind of a cool vibe about her, and she's a really strong person, strong-willed.

Dr. Drew: So I was asking Aly, do you have dance in your background, and she was, oh, yeah, part of a competitive hip-hop team, for 13 years competitive dancing is all I did. Right?

Aly: Yeah, yeah.

Dr. Drew: People don't know that about you.

Aly: No, I guess not.

Dr. Drew: So you're going to be able to display some of those skills, yes?

Aly: Yeah! You know, the audition process was kind of gnarly, it was like, hey, we need you to come in here and learn a dance routine in like, 30 minutes, and a cheer, and I was like, okay, I'm cool. I'm down.


To hear the entire broadcast you have to have a paid subscription, but you can download the first ten minutes (which includes the transcribed portion above) for free from iTunes.

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: March 13th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing :) I can't wait to watch this show and of course I can't wait till I hear something like Tom Welling will take a little part there, too.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 13th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure Tom's going to stay behind the scenes on this one, but we can always hope, right? :)

Seriously, though, I'm torn. I want the show to do well and get picked up, because I want Tom to have all the success he deserves, but at the same time I worry about how it might impact his focus on Smallville.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 13th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for these quotes! Seems to be a weird show...

I guess I am starting to see why Tom is not directing this pilot. Cheerleader ballet my not really be his thing... ;) And it reinforces my opinion that this can only be a business (and practice) opportunity for him, nothing more.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 13th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. I imagine this project is about Tom discovering and honing a whole new skill set as executive producer on a show from the ground up. But filming the pilot in Vancouver at the Smallville studios certainly implies he's going to be very hands-on about it.

It's interesting to me that Aly sounds like she could be quoting from the DO playbook when she describes the show. It does sound like it has the potential to attract the demo the CW craves.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 13th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing!

I'm very curious to see what this show is going to end up looking like. Hopefully, we'll actually get to see it!

If Tom isn't directing the pilot, my theory is that it's due to time constraints. After all, they're still shooting Smallville right now. Of course, I could be wrong- maybe he truly only wants to be the exec producer and not direct?

Maybe if the show gets picked up, we'll actually get an interview with him about it?!?!? *fingers crossed*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 13th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that I really think about it, even if Tom wanted to direct the pilot, I can't see how he could do it justice when he can't devote himself full-time to preparing for it. But maybe if the show gets picked up, he'll find the time to direct an episode.

I'm wondering if Hellcats will have a panel at Comic-Con if it gets picked up.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 14th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
My initial guess about Comic-Con would be no, because originally, I thought that was only for sci-fi related stuff. The last few years though, they seem to push the boundaries of what exactly qualifies as sci-fi or fantasy, so who knows?

I do hope that Tom shows up in some way, shape, or form at Comic-Con though!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 14th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you kidding me? They had a panel for The Middle last year! LOL!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 14th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I wonder how they justified that one?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 14th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It was ridiculous. I quote from the official schedule of events:

Frankie Heck (Heaton) is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero—but sometimes it seems as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act.

The TV Squad wrote an article about it, in which they said Warner Bros. in particular seemed to set up a panel for just about every show they had in development. Hellcats is a joint project of Tom Welling Productions, CBS, and Warner Bros. :) Read the article HERE.

I'll bet if they had a bunch of hot young women in cheerleading outfits walking around promoting the panel, the fanboys would show up. Especially if the presentation included a cheer performance. ;) I know guys who watch those cheer competitions on ESPN2.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 14th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 14th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're so nice to me. *hugs* I have to tell you, I was so glad they talked about Hellcats in the beginning, before they started taking calls. I can't listen to Loveline, I get way too embarrassed. The only time I've ever listened to an entire broadcast was the time Michael was on. This is the second time Aly has been on the show, but her sister AJ won't do it.
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