All American Wiki

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 a second season renewal.[1] On January 7, 2020, Season Three was announced.[2] On February 4, 2021, Season Four was announced.[3]


"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."[4]


Main Cast



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.[5] In January 2018, The CW ordered six pilots including the untitled football inspired project dubbed Spencer.[6] On May 11, 2018, The CW ordered the pilot to series.[4] The following week, the network added All American to their fall 2018 lineup.


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.[7] Jalyn Hall was promoted to a series regular on May 31.[8] On October 1, 2020, Chelsea Tavares promoted to series regular.[9] Hunter Clowdus was promoted to series regular on October 4, 2021.[10]


Filming for the pilot took place in Los Angeles, California in early 2018.[11] Filming began in August 2018.[12]


On December 18, 2020, it was announced that The CW is in early development of a backdoor pilot for a spin-off of Geffri Maya's character Simone Hicks reprising her role from All American. On February 1, 2021, The CW gave the spin-off a pilot order and titled it as All American: Homecoming.[13] On May 24, 2021, The CW picked up the show to series.[14]