Cheerleader Death Squad: CW Drama Could Live On In 'Different Form'

Cheerleader Death Squad

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.

Cheerleader Death Squad“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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16 Comments
  1. brandydanforth81 says:

    I hope CW redoes the pilot & picks it up for next season

  2. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    We all like the name it sounds like Buffy the Vampire Slayer but no tv show is going to have16+ year old normal American highschool girls KILLING FOREIGN DIPLOMATS. I just watched Barely Lethal (it was bad) and at least it made it very clear that raising orphaned girls to be assassins is bad and the organization is clearly evil..

  3. Riana says:

    How did Crazy-Ex Girlfriend get picked up over this? A new version of Charlie’s Angels that actually resembles the original could be fun.

    • rarefied says:

      I think with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend they were looking for a show they could pair with Jane the Virgin.

    • brandydanforth81 says:

      It says the actual pilot and what CW wanted the pilot to be we’re very different

    • LOL says:

      They didn’t pick up anything over anything else. They passed on CDS because the pilot that was turned in, wasn’t what the network wanted it to be.

  4. AW says:

    Perhaps they can redo the pilot and resemble it to look more like “Cover Up”, which is an old CBS one season TV show way back in 1970’s where actress Jennifer O’Neill was a famous photographer and her team of models would do shoots in exotic locals as their day job but were undercover agents as their real jobs. I love the models and the locals that they filmed in.

  5. Maryann says:

    I am curious as to the CW and producers difference of opinion as to what the series should be. I would watch if it had a similar tone to Buffy.

  6. Ally Oop says:

    CW made a good call by not ordering this to series. The premise sounded so stupid.

  7. alanlicious says:

    “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.”

    But why bother? If you produced it and it’s not going to series or making you any money, what’s the harm of letting people see the final product?

  8. qj201 says:

    Or they could avoid a lawsuit and just make a TV series based the film they’re ripping off – “D.E.B.S.”

    “Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.” – IMDB, 2004

  9. tsevca says:

    WHY?! CW had so many better ideas that never got the show. Why give another chance to this?!