Yes, it’s true, Lancer University fans. The CW has pulled the plug on “Hellcats” after a ratings slump in the second half of the season, leaving us with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of Tuesday’s Season 1 finale, in which Marti discovered that her long lost sister, Dierdre, has been keeping an important secret: their father is alive and in touch.
A few weeks ago, Zap2it attended a press junket with the cast and Kevin Murphy, the creator of “Hellcats,” who let us in on a few of his Season 2 plans. At the time, Murphy expressed confidence in a Season 2 pickup, telling reporters that the network and studio were supportive of extending the series.
Now that the show has been axed, here’s a bit of what you would have seen had the series lived on.
The return of the love triangle! The Marti/Dan/Savannah situation wasn’t explored much in the second half of the season, but it certainly wasn’t over. Murphy confirms that they pulled back from that story with the intention of returning to it in Season 2.
Dan in real life. Now that Dan Patch was accepted to Lancer University, he was set to have some more central storylines next season. “He’s always either been the boyfriend of Savannah or the friend of Marti. I really wanted to be able to give him more points of access to Alice and Lewis and Vanessa and everyone else.”
Which brings us to… Dan as a cheerleader? “We almost got there in the finale, but we had to cut it for length because it was running so long,” says Murphy. “We went as far as we had him in a Hellcats uniform. We never shot it, but we’ll get there.”
More A.J. Michalka. Murphy planned for AJ to recur, “but in my heart, she’s a regular,” he adds. He intended to continue AJ’s character into next season despite the blow up at the end of the episode.
More concept episodes, like the Zombie movie episode. “We want to go back to the genre well,” Murphy says. “We could do aliens, maybe post-apocalyptic cheerleaders, a Western.” “Cheerleaders in the hood,” added series star Robbie Jones.
Returning guest stars. In addition to A.J., Murphy mentioned that he hoped to have Ciara return to the show. When we spoke with the pop star, she was on board for a return.
Directed by Tom Welling. During Season 1, executive producer Tom Welling had to dedicate most of his time to starring in the final season of “Smallville” — and directing a few episodes. He’s very proud of “Hellcats” and was looking forward to directing episodes of Season 2.