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New CW shows 'Nikita' and 'Hellcats' cutthroat without the edge

CW's new series follows an ex-assassin on a mission to take down the very people who trained her to kill - and helped murder her fiance. "Nikita" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Lucky for Marti, she was a champion gymnast in high school. Also lucky for Marti, she rents a DVD of the 2000 cheerleading movie "Bring It On" just seconds before a television critic accuses her TV show of heinous acts of plagiarism. She pops it in and proceeds to learn some moves, in a montage that is a heinous act of plagiarizing "Flashdance."

Unlucky for Marti, the women on the Hellcats team are, I believe the term is still, total beyotches, as it was back in Kirsten Dunst days of yore. Only the coach (Sharon Leal) thinks Marti has potential.

Surely you, too, know the drill, because you see it all the time on any series starring young women, whether on scripted or reality shows: These women don't know how to converse anymore, they only know how to trade insults and narrowed stares. "Wouldn't you just rather get to the hair pulling?" Marti snarls to Ashley (Savannah Monroe), before tryouts.

"Hellcats" tosses your brain up high and lets it splat on the gymnasium floor. It depicts a college experience that only a tween could envision, where everyone is deceitful, partially naked and late for class. (Or wait, maybe that's accurate.)

I'll save you any worry: Marti learns she's made the team through that age-old cliche of the list tacked to the campus bulletin board. (That's right. A list with one name on it.)

So bring it on, and then please move it out.


(one hour) premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday;


(one hour) premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, both on the CW.

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