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? Keep reading »
This week brings the premiere of The CW’s new show “Hellcats,” which is based on the book Cheer!: Inside The Secret World of College Cheerleaders written by The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick. To get you pumped up and ready to shake your pom-poms, we’re bringing you cheer-related content all week. Enjoy, and make sure to watch Wednesday at 9pm (EST).
Cheerleading is an iconic American phenomenon, on par with apple pie and the bald eagle. But, uh, where did it come from? Good question. Most people don’t know this, but cheerleaders were originally men. Cheerleading goes back to the very first college football game, between Princeton and Rutgers University. Princeton students started chanting, “Rah rah rah! Tiger tiger tiger! Sis sis sis! Boom boom boom! Ahhhhh!” It became a student tradition, and soon the school appointed “yell leaders” who sat in the audience and lead said chants. The idea spread across the country, and in 1898 a University of Minnesota yell leader ran in front of the crowd to lead his chants. Cheerleading was born. Keep reading »
Newsflash! Conan O’Brien
has announced the name of his new show, which will be debuting on TBS on November 8th. Apparently, he did not take our suggestion of “Coco’s Fun Hour.” Instead, he went for the very simple “Conan.” However, he told New York
magazine that this was not his first choice. “I wanted one word that captured my essence, and ‘Oprah
‘ was already taken,” he explained. [NYMag.com
] Keep reading »
Apparently, Bravo wants to make it so that you’re never able to do anything but watch “The Real Housewives.” In addition to the Orange County, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, and DC incarnations of the show, they have a new entry in the franchise starting on October 14. The city of choice? Beverly Hills. The houses are enormous, the jewels are over-the-top blingy, and the kids are insanely pampered with $50K birthday parties.
The cast is pretty amazing—and includes Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife, the sister of Kathy Hilton, and a Maloof. After the jump, the new ladies and a preview. [People] Keep reading »
Last night, during a commercial break from “Bachelor Pad,” “Dancing with the Stars” unveiled its new cast members. And as we’d suspected, the new cast includes: Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge, Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Florence Henderson, The Situation, Michael Bolton, and David Hasselhoff. The surprises? That the amazing Margaret Cho will be rumba-ing alongside them. Other than that, retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, retired basketball player Rick Fox, and actor/rapper Kyle Massey are also on the bill. To which we say, Who?
After the jump, what our favorites have to say about being cast. Keep reading »
“Saturday Night Live” is a little like The Situation’s bed: There’s always somebody rotating in and out. Last weekend Will Forte announced he won’t return for “SNL”‘s next season. Because, uh, “MacGruber” the movie was so successful or something? Yeah, whatever. At least this means some other starving comedians won’t be eating ramen noodles next year. Comedy blog The Comic’s Comic says “SNL” is actually casting to fill three roles and claims they know the lucky ducks: Paul Brittain, Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam. After the jump, let’s find out more about these jokers … Keep reading »
It feels like Ryan Murphy gets just about anything he wants for the ratings juggernaut that is “Glee.” Britney Spears is currently on set, posting about how “GLEEKERIFIC!!!” it is. And for the fall, the show also has guest spots lined up for heavy hitters like John Stamos and Jennifer Lopez. But, on occasion, people do turn the show down. Kings of Leon has just revealed that “Glee” requested to use one of their songs—I’m guessing “Use Somebody.” But the rockers said uh-uh. “We could have sold out so much more,” said bassist Jared Followill. “We turn stuff down constantly.” [EW]
After the jump, more folks who just said no to “Glee.” Keep reading »
The word on the street is that Chris Lambton, the rainbow-watching dude who Ali ditched in favor of Roberto on “The Bachelorette,” has turned down ABC’s offer to be the next “Bachelor.” According to multiple sources, Chris just wants to get back to “normal life.” Which doesn’t surprise us hugely. After all, he said after the “Bachelorette” finale, “It would be an amazing opportunity and a great way to find a wife, but I just don’t know if I want to give out more of my personal story.”
Still, ABC is not giving up. “All of our best Bachelors have been hesitant at first,” a source says. “The producers really want Chris to be the guy. They’re hoping they can convince him … This definitely isn’t dead yet.” [People, E! Online] Keep reading »
“America’s Next Top Model” is supposedly getting a “high-class makeover” for its 15th “cycle,” which premieres September 8th. Last season, the long-running series debuted a new judge, Vogue‘s posh-accented and imposing Andre Leon Talley, and he, well, seemed a touch out of place amongst the otherwise campy production. So this season, instead of winning a spread in Seventeen (the show’s former print partner), the winner will get a spread in Vogue Italia, which is a big high-fashion step up. Additionally, the show will have more well-respected guest judges joining Talley and Tyra on the panel, like photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Francesco Carrozzini, and designers Zac Posen and Roberto Cavelli. All of this does add up to a pretty classy makeover for the show, which has, let’s face it, been running out of steam. Still, there’s one more tweak that needs to be made in order for “Top Model” to be taken seriously — FIRE JAY MANUEL. The silver-haired Oompa Loompa’s utterly asinine “creative direction” has got to go. [Deadline] Keep reading »
Facebook users are doing an awesome job of casting “Saturday Night Live” hosts. In the spring, a group was formed on the site angling for Betty White to host an episode, which she did in May. More recently, a group started to get Jane Lynch, aka Sue Sylvester of “Glee,” the gig. And lo and behold it worked. Shall we take bets on what color track suit she’ll be wearing when she hosts? Keep reading »