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Casting update for Hellcats!
The Futon Critic reports that Sharon Leal has been cast as Vanessa in Hellcats:

HELLCATS (The CW) - Sharon Leal ("Private Practice") has joined the cast of the presentation, a drama set in the world of competitive college cheerleading. She'll play Vanessa Hodge ("an elegant, striking African-American, a tough but loving taskmistress"), a former Hellcat star who now serves as the squad's coach. Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Gail O'Grady, Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr, Robbie Jones and Sofia Vassilieva also star in the project, which comes from director Allan Arkush and writer Kevin Murphy. CBS Television Studios, Tom Welling Productions and Warner Bros. Television are co-producing.


The news is also confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.

I'm not familiar with her work, but most recently she played Sonya on Private Practice, and she was also Marilyn Sudor on Boston Public.

And she is yet another member of the cast who can sing, having starred in Rent on Broadway, and in Dreamgirls on the big screen.

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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 9th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, she's pretty! (Big surprise, huh?)

And OMG, AT's dog is too cute.

Aaaaah, this show needs to get here already!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 9th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The stellar casting continues!

Maui is adorable. And very, very pampered. :)

Filming starts on Tuesday!
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: April 9th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Sharon Leal, she was great in "Why Did I Get Married" and she's gorgeous. I approve heartily!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 9th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every casting choice they've made so far has been a good one, I think. I'm impressed. And in true CW fashion, Hellcats is going to have one of the prettiest casts on the planet!
byrka62 From: byrka62 Date: April 9th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
any idea when this show will air? Next season??
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 9th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
If the show is picked up, it should air sometime next season. The CW will announce their pilot pick-ups at the Upfronts in NYC on May 20, 2010. If Hellcats goes to series, it could be on the fall schedule, or it could be positioned as a mid-season replacement, the way Life Unexpected was this season.
byrka62 From: byrka62 Date: April 10th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
o, hopefully Tom will go to that event!! Thanks for the info.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 10th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be wonderful if he did! Tom hasn't been to the Upfronts in years.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 11th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
And she's cute as a button.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 13th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't she? I've been hearing she's a good actress, too. Filming starts tomorrow, I hope everything goes well for Tommy!
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