‘Cheer Squad‘ made it’s way to U.S. television this month, and we’re excited to see an accurate display of the sport we all love. The new show, airing on Freeform, follows the Cheersport Great White Sharks, a two-time world champion competitive cheerleading team in Canada and their coach, Ali Moffatt.
“It’s definitely a hit,” says Shane Womack, Founder and CEO of Cheer! Magazine. “It’s great to see our sport and athletes not over dramatized. You’ll see an accurate portrayal of the ups and downs, as well as the important moments of competitive cheerleading and life as an athlete.”
The CM staff caught up on the show, after seeing the show light up social media the past month as Canadian audiences saw the show air on ABC Spark. The personalities shine through on screen and you easily get drawn and want to know more about each athlete and coach.
Ali and Alana have made the all star world proud. It’s amazing to see all of the behind the scenes moments that it takes to be on the mat in the tank. You truly get a glimpse at all of the hard work that it takes to remain competitive.
The new show, airing on Freeform, follows the Cheersport Great White Sharks, a two-time world champion competitive cheerleading team in Canada and their coach, Ali Moffatt. The Great White Sharks are coming off their second victory at the World Cheerleading Championships and the team is eager to go all the way again, but they have to start again at the beginning — with tryouts.
The Great White Sharks are a sisterhood, there for each other through first loves, new jobs, bad breakups, and everything in between. But they are also elite athletes, idolized by thousands and members of one of the best all-star cheerleading team in the world. “Cheer Squad” will follow the two-time World Cheerleading Champions on the long road to defending their title as they try to balance life off the mat with the all-consuming battle to stay on top.
Step inside the lives of two-time world cheerleading champions, The Great White Sharks, as they battle through an intense cheer season in an effort to keep their championship crown. Freeform presents this all-access pass both on and off the mat with their new original series “Cheer Squad,” airing every weeknight (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday) from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 2, on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.
Cheer! Mag Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stunts
The individual episode synopses are:
Monday, August 22 – Series Premiere
“Building a New Dream Team” – Hot off the heels of the World Cheerleading Championships, The Great White Sharks must build a new dream team. Seasoned veterans and fresh faces face off in open tryouts as they attempt to earn a coveted spot.
Tuesday, August 23
“Standing Out and Fitting In” – With a new team roster, the Sharks head to the super elite Hot Shots skills camp in Miami. But, the newly minted team is struggling to perform. Can they pull it together and prove they are worthy of the invite?
Wednesday, August 24
“Summer Heat” – The Sharks are performing for the first time in front of thousands of football fans during a Toronto Argonauts game. After which their coach wrestles with the toughest decision to date…which player will lose their spot and become the alternate?
Thursday, August 25
“Showcase Showdown” – The Sharks are performing at Chomp Down, their first major event of the season and the whole globe will be watching thanks to social media. Can they deliver a heart-stopping routine that’s worthy of their World Championship reputation?
Friday, August 26
“Stage Fright” – A blow out between Coach Ali and her veterans, a shocking injury and a rink full of distractions threatens to ruin the Sharks first competition of the season.
Monday, August 29
“Desperate Measures” – With a big showcase looming, Coach Ali recruits a former star, the veterans take teambuilding to the extreme and the bickering Twins attempt to help Nubs prepare for her prom.
Tuesday, August 30
“Texas Stars” – The Sharks are in Dallas defending their title at one of the world’s largest cheer events while the Twins challenge Knoxy to their own high stakes competition, Dani is surprised by some unexpected guests.
Wednesday, August 31
“Rock Bottom” – Tattoos, a donkey sanctuary and a radical new approach to coaching are all part of the last ditch effort by the Sharks to bounce back before their next big competition.
Thursday, September 1
“Romance and Retribution” – The Sharks face an old rival at Nationals as Nubs finds new love on a blind date. Meanwhile, when LA surprises her boyfriend Josh with an extravagant gift, the gesture backfires.
Friday, September 2 – Season Finale
“Three-peat?!” – The Sharks are in Orlando chasing a third world title. But first, Knoxy must face the music with her Mom while the Twins complete an Orlando bucket list. And then it all comes down to one final performance.