Have you seen Bring It On or any of the subsequent straight-to-DVD sequels? If so, then you've got the gist of this new CW show. Ashley Tisdale plays Savannah, the popular cheer captain trying to spirit-finger her way to a quarterfinal win at college when her flyer is downed by a sudden injury. After auditioning a slew of girls (most of whom seem to have a passable amount of talent), her nemesis Marti (Alyson Michalka) walks in and wows their coach (Sharon Leal) with her athletic ability and her stripper-style pelvic thrusts. Even though Marti despises all that cheerleading stands for, she needs the scholarship that this opportunity provides, so she sucks it up and joins the team to the dismay of the injured flyer Alice (Heather Hemmons) in particular. Marti moves in to the cheer sorority house, despite her mother (Gail O'Grady) protesting that everything would be fine without the needed surplus income, so she can continue her dream of being a pre-law student. Meanwhile, the team faces imminent budget cuts unless they somehow pull out a win at nationals. It's like Glee, but without Sue Sylvester and singing.
We can't help but feel a little bad for Katie Cassidy at the moment. She was the best thing on The CW, and they knew it, so they delayed officially canceling Melrose Place until after pilot season, essentially leaving her trapped on the network until next year's pilot casting rounds. And as such, she'll be guesting on Gossip Girl this fall, playing a love interest for Nate. Great -- we know what a fantastic opportunity that turned out to be for Joanna Garcia last season. Nothing like showing up on an established show past its prime to form an annoying new love triangle (I know he and Serena are done, but I know this show, so I know they are never going to be done) -- just ask Melissa George how awesome it is! So it sucks, and it just made me think of other, possibly worse ways the CW could have stuck it to Ms. Cassidy for (allegedly!) trying to leave the network last spring. You know they at least considered all of these at some point.
TGIF, you guys! But also, IIASTTGIFIOA -- isn't it a shame that TGIF isn't on anymore? I'd kill for a new episode of Boy Meets World.
I feel like the question with cosmetic surgery is, do you do it young, when your parts are still somewhat pliable and can bounce back more believably, even if you don't really need it? Or do you wait until you're old and getting kind of haggard, even though everyone knows what you used to look like and therefore is going to be so much more terrified when they see your new mug? Ashley "High School Musical" Tisdale went one way; Joan "Knots Landing" Van Ark went another. (Yikes.)