Exactly a year ago, I got word that a production company was interested in optioning my book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, and turning it into a fictional TV show. Tonight, the show—”Hellcats“—premieres on The CW at 9 p.m. (EST), right after “America’s Next Top Model.” To hype up the show, The CW has created this awesome app called “Get Your Cheer On” where you can plug in your and your friends’ faces and watch yourselves do a cheer routine. Click here to see a version starring me, Amelia, Ami, and John DeVore. Who knew we could shake it like that?Early reviews for “Hellcats” are looking good. Hollywood Reporter says, “The cheerleader’s reputation on American television is lousy: They’re insular and stuck up at best; slutty and the meanest of mean girls at worst. But with ‘Heroes’ and ‘Glee’ putting a new spin on the old (dance) routine, the pom-pom faction has begun to take back the fight. Enter the CW’s ‘Hellcats,’ a surprisingly sweet look the Lancer University cheerleading squad, which has just been invaded by sneering outsider Marti Perkins (Alyson Michalka)… ‘Hellcats’ stacks up well against expectations. Three cheers.” [THR]
Hope you’ll be watching tonight.