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Meet the characters of Hellcats and Nikita
The CW has released videos introducing some of the characters from their new shows. We have three so far, and I hope more are on the way. Thanks to TV on the Brain for the heads up!

Meet Marti from Hellcats:

Meet Alice from Hellcats:

Meet Michael from Nikita:

ETA: Who is Nikita?

Hellcats Fans has posted additional stills from episode 1x02, including pics of some characters we haven't seen before! Check them out HERE.

Maj Canton from TV Tango caught up with Aly Michalka at the recent Supergirl Jam event, and asked her a few questions:

Question: Competitive cheer is not just a bunch of pom-pom waving, it’s a combination of intricate dance moves, tumbling back flips, and high flying aerials. What did you do to train for HELLCATS? Were you an athlete before?

Aly Michalka:
I definitely had a big dance background, hip-hop and free styling. That’s mainly where I come from, but the cheerleading was completely new to me. That was basically taught to me over a span of two weeks. For all the tumbling I have an amazing stunt double who does anything with back flips and dangerous stunts because that should really be left to people who have done it for years and years and are professional. But for all the dancing, that’s just me 100% doing that stuff. I feel really good about it. It’s been cool being able to commit myself to the show and the character and the fact that it was going to be very physical and intense.

Question: You and your co-star Ashley Tisdale are both former Disney Channel series teen stars. Did that shared experience help you bond with her?

Aly Michalka:
Oh yeah, we definitely have some stories. That’s probably the best way to put it! We have a great time together. She’s a really great girl and we’ve really been able to bond on this show. I think coming from that world gives you this sense of professionalism that some actors aren’t able to get just because they got into it later in life or they weren’t working on a series at a young age. You know, I was 13 when I started on PHIL OF THE FUTURE; so I learned a lot about set etiquette, showing up on time, knowing your lines and being able to promote a show, so it was definitely a great thing for me.

Question: Do you see any of your old castmates from PHIL OF THE FUTURE?

Aly Michalka:
I see Raviv (Ricky Ullman) a little bit. We all keep in contact, but Raviv is the only one I see on a monthly basis. No, we are not dating. Me and Raviv never dated, which is really funny. When we were on the show, it was a big age gap difference – I was 13 and he was 16, which when you're that young, it’s huge. Now, we’re much closer in age in our twenties.

Question: Veteran actress Gail O’Grady plays your mother Wanda on this series. How has it been working with her?

Aly Michalka:
She’s my favorite person to work with on camera just because she has so much knowledge and experience. I’m able to learn from her in such a personal way. She’s such a mentor. We got such a great connection. It’s funny, 'cause she looks so much like my mom, it like freaks us out. They cast us so perfect together, it’s pretty cool. I think Gail is going to get a lot of recognition for this role because it’s quirky, wacky, loveable and there is a kind of a toxic relationship between Marti and Wanda.

Question: There have been comments from the press that HELLCATS is the CW’s answer to GLEE… kind of a knock-off – cheerleading instead of singing. What do you think of the comparison? Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

Aly Michalka:
A GLEE knock off? Maybe if we were doing a show about glee clubs, but our show is not based on GLEE. If you’re doing a show about any sport or competition there are going to be similarities in that. We definitely have a lot of music based performances so I can see the comparison. And we have high energy and are charismatic as GLEE is, but when it come to the world that we are set in, it is very different. We are based in college and GLEE is high school -- this opens up more mature storylines, which will appeal to a wider demographic.

Question: You and your sister AJ have a band, 78violet. Any chance you’ll both be singing on the show?

Aly Michalka:
Yes, it’s a possibility, but I can’t tell you what episode. You’ll just have to watch and see.


Aly answers another question for the 78violet Street Team:

Hellcats premieres exactly one week from today, at 9PM on the CW!

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netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 2nd, 2010 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I did not know that Shane West was going to be on Nikita. \o/ Do you know what time this one comes on? Probably the same time as Bones, huh? Because that would be my luck.

Thank you for posting all your goodies, I can't ever get enough. OH. Where was the post you were telling about the other night? The one with Tom smiling talking about Hellcats??

Did you get finished last night? Did you crash hard when you got home? I thought about you and wondering if you got some rest, I still feel bad for keeping you awake. But. I enjoyed every second of it too. Does that make me horrible?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 2nd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Nikita comes on Thursdays at 9PM, right after The Vampire Diaries (Supernatural's old slot). It premieres next week, too, on September 9. It's supposed to be really good, a lot of critics have put it on their must see lists!

HERE is that entry. It actually has a link to the video itself. Tom is so cute in it!

I didn't finish last night, because our server crashed. Grrr. And then I got pulled away for a special emergency project this morning. But I'm almost finished now. :) And don't feel bad, I would probably have been up anyway. You always notice my time stamps, so you know it's true! :D
netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 2nd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG! I was grinning like a goofy fangirl the entire time. Thank you for posting that one. He is so adorable!!

The server crashed right at deadline?? That sucks big time!! I'm sorry it happened, must feel like you're never gonna get through this. Yes, I always notice your time stamps, and I always worry about you too.

*hugs you*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! I love that vid so much! He's smiling and talking! He's making goofy faces at the camera! Is that our Tom?! Yay for Hellcats, I say. ;)

Seriously, you shouldn't worry about me. I've struggled with my insomnia since I was 14 years old. And I do some of my best work in the wee small hours of the morning.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 5th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I know a little something about insomnia, *looks at watch* and I only worry because I care. But. I do my best work with a fresh brain in the am, not on fumes in the pm. Um, as in body time, not actual time. LOL
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, what are you doing up? It's way later where you are! Are you still in pain?

That's the thing, I'm a total night person. I get my big burst of energy right when everyone else is heading home for the day.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 5th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I slept for a couple of hours earlier but now I am wide-ass awake. No, not really in pain, (maybe a little uncomfortable?) it seems to be getting better each day. It doesn't take much to wear me out, though.

Dude, Tom is looking all sexy in your icon. He has major bedroom eyes and they just kind of scream BED NAO. ;) LOL
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 6th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that a great icon? lieslchen made it. It's from Upgrade, when Kal-El is on top of the Space Needle with Zod. Gotta love what that Red!K does to Clark! ;)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 5th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, how Dawn loves to promote the new shows.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
She does love her new shiny. I really enjoyed these, but wouldn't it also be cool to have a vid where Tom talks about Clark, or Jensen discusses Dean? But everything costs money, and I guess the cost benefit analysis didn't come out in favor of any established shows. :(
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