After the high-flying Atlanta Falcons plummeted from a 13—3 record in 2012 to 4—12 last season, it would have been easy to lie low ahead of the 2014 campaign. Instead, the HBO reality series Hard Knocks is following the Falcons into training camp for much more than a bird's-eye view (premiering Tuesday, at 10/9c). "The story this year," says producer Ken Rodgers of NFL Films, "is the story we tell all of our children: It doesn't matter how you get knocked down; what matters is how you get back up."
This new drama about a pre-law student Marti Perkins, who wins a spot on her Memphis university's competitive cheer squad for the sole purpose of collecting a scholarship, is designed to become a hit faster than you can say "layout stepout." The great ensemble cast is led by Aly Michalka (Marti) and Ashley Tisdale, whose succeed-at-all-costs perfectionist Savannah Monroe isn't far from her High School Musical Sharpay persona. Add some rocking cheer-squad performances, cheering-for-the-underdog moments, and less-than-cheery cattiness and, well, Hellcats...hell yes!
Read on for previews of America's Next Top Model, Psych, Terriers, Top Chef, Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets and Colbert Report.
Jeers to Tony Dungy for knocking Rex Ryan for his rough language on Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets.
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Work of Art
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
After presenting a nine-week odyssey of artistic tasks and tests, the arty competition series' first season draws to a close. In this inaugural year, the up-and-coming Picasso wannabes created aesthetic craft from garbage, book-cover art, shocking canvasses, a sweeping outdoor installation piece and, last week, they framed nature-based work. It all climaxes when the finalists present their solo collections at a gala opening, to be followed by the naming of a winner.
Read on for previews of America's Got Talent, Hot in Cleveland, Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets, LA Ink, CNBC Bizography and The Middle.