*Actress Sharon Leal, currently starring in “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, Too?,” has scored a lead role on the CW drama “Hellcats,” a series about a college cheerleading squad.
Described as “Election” meets “Bring it On,” the series stars Aly Michalka and “High School Musical’s” Ashley Tisdale and revolves around a college girl from the wrong side of the tracks who, after losing her scholarship because of budget cutbacks and her mother’s chronic irresponsibility, joins the school’s competitive cheerleading team – known as the Hellcats.
Leal will play Vanessa Hodge, a 30-something former Hellcat who is now the team’s coach and clashes with her one-time romance Red Irvine, who is now the school’s football coach. Her job is threatened if the Hellcats do not win a championship in its season.
Leal has previously worked on TV’s “Guiding Light” and most famously, “Boston Public.”