TVLINE.COM Cheerleader Death Squad, an hour-long drama about a former CIA agent who trains high school cheerleaders for covert missions, seemed like a perfect fit for The CW — but when pickups for the 2015-2016 season were announced, there was nary a pom-pom in sight.
So, what happened?
“The best way to describe it is that there were some creative differences … that weren’t illuminated until we were very close to shooting,” executive producer Sabrina Wind tells TVLine. “By the time we learned what it was [The CW] wished they were getting from us — or what they needed for their viewership, versus the story we were on course to tell — there wasn’t enough time to course correct. So we shot the pilot and talked about whether or not we could change it enough to make it more of what The CW would have wanted in the end. They’ve invited us to possibly keep working on it, but we’re not sure what we’re going to do. There was just a feeling that it wasn’t quite ready at this time.”
The pilot starred Alan Van Sprang (Reign, Shadowhunters) as former agent Stone and Abbie Cobb (90210), Gia Mantegna (The Middle) and Pepi Sonuga (General Hospital) as his trio of covert Angels cheerleaders.
But don’t despair, Squadders — or however fans of the potential series are choosing to identify themselves — because it sounds like the cheerleaders could live to fight, cheer, etc. another day.
“Either we’ll redevelop it, or you might see it come out in a different form,” Wind says. “[Writer/producer] Marc Cherry and I are working on all sorts of ideas with it.”
That said, don’t expect to get your mitts on the pilot as it currently exists. In fact, Wind says it’s so unavailable that “one of the actresses is desperately trying to get a hold of it to show to her mom and we can’t seem to get a copy of it for her.”
“But that’s the way this business works,” she concedes. “They’re very protective of things, especially things that will not be seen on air.”
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Starring Carter Roy, Rachael Carpani and Abbie Cobb.
Written by Michael J. Grasso and Joseph M. Grasso, Directed by Michael J. Grasso.
Set in 1983 Pittsburgh PA, Peter and Annie Brennan face the tragic death of their young son. The boy’s death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, kindles a conspiratorial paranoia in Peter that threatens his sanity, and their marriage.
While trying to discover more about the killer of his son, Brennan becomes fixated on the story of The Umbrella Man, a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His decent into the underworld of conspiracy theorist sub-culture provides a place of emotional refuge for Peter, yet also contributes to his psychological undoing. From a Moose Lodge in Swissvale PA, to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, The Umbrella Man is one couples story of love, loss, and the “against all odds” survival of their relationship.
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Cheerleader Death Squad has not been picked up to series by the CW Network.
The drama – starring Gia Mantegna, Abbie Cobb, Alan Van Sprang, Pepi Sonuga and Aylin Bayramoglu did not receive a series order after a pilot was shot in Toronto 2 months ago.
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Gabi is determined to do something nice for Shauna in a new episode of ABC Family’s original comedy “Young & Hungry,” airing on Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
In “Young & Ferris Wheel,” when Josh is looking for a special gift for Shauna, Gabi thinks she has a great idea and goes behind Josh’s back to make it happen. But Gabi is horrified when her grand plan leads to an awkward reunion for Josh. And Elliot is afraid to fall asleep in front of his new boyfriend, so he asks Yolanda to watch him sleep to make sure he doesn’t do anything embarrassing.