All American is an American sports drama series created by April Blair. The series is inspired by the life of professional football player Spencer Paysinger. It premiered on The CW on October 10, 2018.

On April 23, 2019, The CW announced the renewal of All American for a second season.[2]

Logline

"When a rising high school football player from South Crenshaw L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Crenshaw and Beverly Hills — begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger."[3]

Cast

Main Cast

Episodes

No. Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate Viewers (millions)
1 "Pilot"[3] April Blair Rob Hardy October 10, 2018 0.69
INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF FORMER NFL PLAYER SPENCER PAYSINGER – Spencer James is a rising high school football player and an A student at South Crenshaw High who is recruited by Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker. Spencer is conflicted on whether or not to move to Beverly High but Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family, these two families and their vastly different worlds are drawn together. They will discover that the differences that divide us on the surface hide a deeper connection – the complicated, imperfect humanity that unites us all.[4]
2 "99 Problems"[5] April Blair & Mike Herro & David Straus David McWhirter October 17, 2018 0.61
Spencer discovers that the rules in Beverly Hills differ from those at Crenshaw. Meanwhile, Coop is also forced to learn a new set of rules, with Spencer's protective "Halo Effect" now gone.
3 "I"[6] Nkechi O. Carroll Rob Hardy October 24, 2018 0.76
Spencer and Jordan spend an unexpected day together back in Crenshaw where Beverly Hills golden boy Jordan gets his first taste of real life in South Central LA. Meanwhile, Billy struggles with his identity as a father as Olivia and Layla attempt to rekindle their friendship. Coop faces her own truth, coming clean to her parents about being gay.
4 "Lose Yourself"[6] John A. Norris Elodie Keene November 7, 2018 0.75
Spencer becomes seduced by the Beverly Hills good life during a three-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Coop is also being seduced by a new way of life -- gang life -- and everything it offers her.
5 "All We Got"[6] Robert D. Doty & Lorna Osunsanmi Rose Troche November 14, 2018 0.67
Spencer's worlds come together to celebrate his birthday in Beverly Hills. But mixing the dysfunctional families -- with the dash of an unexpected guest -- ends in disaster. Oliver and Jordan, on a mission to uncover a family secret, discover a missing link to their father's past. Meanwhile, Coop and Patience struggle to define their blossoming romance.
6 "The Choice is Yours"[7] Mike Herro & David Strauss & J. Stone Alston Benny Boom November 28, 2018 0.75
The return of Layla's music mogul father gives Spencer the perfect opportunity to give back to Crenshaw and reunite with an increasingly distant Coop. But Coop's deepening affiliation with Shawn's gang threatens Spencer's good intentions. Billy, Jordan and Asher take a journey to Malibu to scout their next big rival as tensions simmer between Jordan and Asher.
7 ''California Love'' Nkechi Carroll and Michael Bhim Dawn Wilkinson December 5, 2018 0.66
At an explosive homecoming dance, friendships in both Crenshaw and Beverly are put to the test when decisions made by Spencer trigger an avalanche that drastically changes the course of several lives. Meanwhile, Billy finds himself forced to spend some quality time with Grace and defend his decision to marry outside of the culture. Meanwhile, Coop realizes that getting Shawn out of the gang life may come at a steep price for her.
8 "Homecoming" April Blair Rob Hardy December 12, 2018 0.7
Beverly has their big Homecoming game and the pressure is on. Post-dance, Spencer is feeling the weight of the effects of his arrival at Beverly -- as well as his departure from Crenshaw -- and tries to set things right. Meanwhile, Billy tries to bring together his team for a win that will send them to the district playoffs for the first time since he became head coach. But Billy discovers that doing what's right and winning aren't always the same thing.
9 "Keep Ya Head Up" John A. Norris Kevin Rodney Sullivan January 16, 2019 0.69
Spencer should be on top of the world -- his football team is headed to the playoffs and he can finally be with Layla -- but he can't shake a major tragedy that occured causing him to question everything. Meanwhile, Coop learns some disturbing information about a friend and Jordan is worried about the results of a drug test that could end his football career for good.
10 "m.A.A.d. City" Natalie Abrams & Cam'ron Moore Darren Grant January 23, 2019 0.71
As Coop gets more involved in gang life, her relationship with Patience is tested, while Spencer is determined to find a way to help his community stop the violence that keeps occurring. Jordan is developing a relationship with his grandfather, which brings up family issues for Billy.
11 "All Eyez on Me" J. Stone Alston & Robert D. Doty Michael Schultz January 30, 2019 TBA
At a college recruiting event, Spencer's former teammates from Crenshaw show up, which causes Spencer to lose focus. Olivia comes to Asher's aid, while Jordan struggles with the opportunities that comes with being Billy Baker's son.
12 "Back in the Day" Nkechi O. Carroll & Lorna Osunsanmi Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum February 6, 2019 0.57
Spencer tries not to repeat the mistakes of his past with relationship with Layla and Olivia struggles with her sobriety. Billy reveals to Laura something he did to protect his family, while Coop has conflicted emotions about reuniting with her father.
13 Legacy John A. Norris Salli Richardson-Whitfield February 27, 2019 0.61

Production

Development

In September 2017, it was announced that Greg Berlanti signed on to executive produce two drama projects in development at The CW; one was an "epic love story told in two time lines" titled "Hold Fast," and the other being inspired by the life of National Football League player Spencer Paysinger, which would be written and executive produced by April Blair, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter being executive producers as well.[8] In January 2018, The CW ordered six pilots including the untitled football inspired project dubbed Spencer.[9] On May 11, 2018, The CW ordered the pilot to series.[3] The following week, the network added All American to their fall 2018 lineup.

Casting

In March 2018, nine series regulars and one co-star were added to the cast. Among all ten, Daniel Ezra was cast as lead role Spencer James.[10] Jalyn Hall was promoted to a series regular on May 31.[11]

Filming

Filming for the pilot took place in Los Angeles, California in early 2018.[12] Filming began in August 2018.[13]

References

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