We’ve got good news, and we’ve got bad news. The bad news is that The CW’s freshman series “Hellcats” has been canceled, as first reported by Deadline. The cheerleading drama, executive produced by “Smallville” star Tom Welling and Kevin Murphy and led by former Disney stars Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka was one of Zap2it’s early favorites in the 2010-2011 season.
Unfortunately, the series floundered undeniably in its back nine episodes, relying heavily on gimmicks (like Zombies and musical numbers) and stunt casting (A.J. Michalka and Ciara) and shelving the intriguing love triangle that was the heart of the initial episodes.
With this cancellation, The CW makes room for three new dramas – “The Ringer,” “Secret Circle,” and “Hart of Dixie” – and (here’s the good news) can hang onto “Nikita,” its only other drama from the 2010-2011 season. “Nikita’s” first season ended on May 12 on a creative high, launching a bold storyline that will take the series in a significantly new direction for Season 2. We’re thrilled by this pickup and interested to see where it lands in the schedule, to be announced May 19.
The network’s other bubble show, veteran soap “One Tree Hill,” will also live on for at least 13 episodes.
Weigh in, Zap2it readers. Are you happy with The CW’s choices? Would you have preferred to see a different result?