Premieres: Wednesday, September 8, 9:00pm
Plot (courtesy of The CW): HELLCATS is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats. Against her every instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money. Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhouse college football program in the deep South.
Mini Review: While Hellcats isn’t for everyone, this series is much more than just cheerleaders jumping around. The strong characters, interesting sub-plots and entertaining choreography will surely keep the intended audience of this series entertained. That being said, if you ever find yourself watching Hellcats, don’t be surprised if you come away a fan.
Premieres: Thursday, September 9, 9:00pm
Plot (courtesy of The CW): When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. For the time being, however, Division continues to recruit and train other young people, erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run.
Mini Review: With numerous iterations of La Femme Nikita to compare it to, the solid execution of this series serves to set itself apart from its predecessors. Unfortunately, some viewers might not make it through the pilot’s split-storyline and awkward telling of Nikita’s back-story.