5:30pm Sunday, October 2 on TV2

High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale stars in TV2’s brand new drama Hellcats.

Hellcats is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka, The Roommate), a pre-law scholarship student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee.

Broke and out of options after her scholarship is cancelled, Marti realises the only way she can stay in school is by repurposing her dormant gymnastic skills to win a place on the Hellcats – Lancer’s legendary cheer squad – and the scholarship that comes with it.

Tisdale stars as Marti’s new room mate Savannah Monroe. Hellcats also stars Heather Hemmens (CSI: Miami), Robbie Jones, (One Tree Hill) and DB Woodside, (24).

In the season premiere, Marti auditions for the squad and, after a shaky start, finds herself at the mercy of judges and captains Alice Verdura (Hemmens), the injured girl resentful of being replaced, and Savannah (Tisdale), whom Marti previously ridiculed.

Marti’s dream comes with the price of surviving Cheertown, the team’s living quarters, and fierce competition from without and within the squad.

Missed an episode of Hellcats? Full episodes will be available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the Ondemand link.