“Hellcats” gets a lesbian cheerleader


A CW spokesperson has told us (via AfterElton.com) that Elena Esovolova will play a lesbian cheerleader in the new series Hellcats, debuting this fall.

Elena Esovolova

Esovolova will play Patty "The Wedge" Wedgerman. How did she get that nickname? I guess finding out gives us one more reason to tune in. Patty is described as “ballsy, fearless and cheerfully profane” and is the “base” for the Hellcats. (I’m told that "base" is a great position for any aspiring lesbian.)

Hellcats is from executive producer Tom Welling of Smallville and executive producers Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives) and Allan Arkus (Heroes). Yes, you can insert your joke about obsession with lesbian cheerleaders here.

The show is based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by Kate Torgovnick and has been described by Michael Ausiello as "Election meets Bring it On."

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Front: Ashley Tisdale, Elena Esovolova. Back: Aly Michalka, Matt Barr,

Heather Hemmens and Robbie Jones

Here’s the skinny on the show from the CW website:

Marti Perkins’ (Alyson Michalka) plan was to get through Lancer University on her scholarship, go to law school, and leave Memphis and her hard-drinking mother behind to start a new life as an attorney. Instead, Marti’s scholarship gets cancelled and her mother “forgets” to tell her. Out of options, Marti finds herself fighting for a spot on the Hellcats — Lancer’s legendary cheer squad — and for the scholarship that comes with it.

The squad needs a new member when the beautiful Alice Verdura is injured, and Marti’s fierce style, soulful moves and gymnastic elegance win her a place on the team, despite an ugly encounter with Savannah (Ashley Tisdale) Monroe, a petite and peppy Texan who ends up being Marti’s new roommate.

Marti instantly hits it off with her new squad partner, the charming and extremely athletic Lewis Flynn, and their budding friendship causes alarm bells to go off for Lewis’ ex, Alice, as well as Marti’s long-time friend, Dan Patch. Overseeing all the practices and personal drama is former Hellcats star and current coach Vanessa Lodge, whose job is on the line unless the squad wins the upcoming nationals. Just like Marti, Vanessa’s future is riding on the Hellcats ascending to the very top of the fiercely competitive world of college cheerleading.

Two High School Musical 3: Senior Year alums on one cheer squad? Maybe they’ll break into song too.

Here’s clip of the show:

For more info on Hellcats, check out the official website (and for an extended look at the pilot go here). The show will run Wednesdays at 9 pm on CW this fall. Will you be watching?

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