According to Deadline Hollywood, Stargate star Ben Browder has joined the regular cast of The CW’s Hellcats, which also stars Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones, Gail O’Grady, Matt Barr, Elena Esovolova, and Heather Hemmens.
Browder will be playing the football coach in this series about a competitive college cheerleading squad. Smallville‘s Tom Welling teamed with Kevin Murphy to executive produce the hour-long dramedy, formerly known as Cheer, and Alan Arkush directed the pilot. Hellcats is “on track” to premiere this fall on The CW!
Congratulations, Mr. Browder!
ETA: Futon Critic’s Announcement :
HELLCATS (The CW) – Ben Browder (“Stargate SG-1”) has joined the cast of the presentation, a drama set in the world of competitive college cheerleading. He’ll reportedly play Red Irvine, Lancer University’s football coach, “a handsome rogue who never lost the boyishness of youth.” He and the Hellcats coach Vanessa Hodge (Sharon Leal) share a history – they had an affair while he, then married at the time, was an assistant coach and she was cheer captain – and now he wants payback (she dumped him after he left his wife without telling her) in the form of getting her fired after one of the Hellcats (Heather Hemmens) gets hurt. Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Elena Esovolova, Gail O’Grady, Matt Barr and Robbie Jones also star. Allan Arkush is directing the CBS Television Studios/Warner Bros. Television-based project from a script by Kevin Murphy.