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The third season of All American was announced by The CW on January 7, 2020.[2] It premiered on January 18, 2021. The season consisted of 19 episodes. The season ended on July 19, 2021.[3] The trailer was released on December 14, 2020.



Premise

It’s been a long journey in just a short period of time for gifted high school football star Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), from his days as the breakout player at South Crenshaw High to becoming state champion with Beverly Hills High. His family life, personal relationships and athletic future all changed and grown in ways he never imagined. But after the rough year that followed that victory, Spencer maked the tough decision to return to South Crenshaw High for his senior year with Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) by his side as the new head coach. Together, their plan is to bring home a football championship to save the school. However, in season three that may prove difficult as the high stakes of the Beverly/Crenshaw rivalry become very personal now that it’s friend versus friend, and father versus son. Furthermore, the medical mystery surrounding Spencer’s injured arm will not only significantly affect his game on the field, but also his relationships off the field, as they all try to navigate a very complicated, secret-filled senior year at both Beverly and South Crenshaw.[4]

Cast and Characters

Starring

Recurring Cast

Recurring Cast is defined as non main cast members who appear in 3 or more episodes

Notable Guest Cast

A notable guest is a non recurring actor who reprises their role in a later season or has reprised their role from a previous season

Episodes

No. Episode title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewers (millions)
1 "Seasons Pass"[1] Michael Schultz Nkechi Okoro Carroll January 18, 2021 1.05
Spencer finds himself on the defense after an interview he gave comes out, upsetting his old teammates and emotions get the best of them. Coop and Layla return from tour, but while Coop tries to figure out what happened with Patience, she tries to learn why Tyrone’s sister is back. Billy is excited for a fresh start at South Crenshaw High, but he must confront something from his past first that could be a roadblock to his success. Meanwhile, Jordan and Simone struggle with saying goodbye to someone they love.
2 "How to Survive in South Central"[9] Michael Schultz Mike Herro & David Strauss January 25, 2021 0.82
NEW BEGINNINGS – Both Spencer and Billy are not getting the hero’s welcome they expected from the football team and quickly realize they need to adjust their style and start earning the team’s trust first. Jordan is surprised at who the new football coach at Beverly turns out to be and that his starting quarterback position is threatened when the coach starts shaking things up. Coop and Layla get into an argument over Coop’s tour paycheck, which leads Layla to discover why Patience left the tour early. Meanwhile, Asher is keeping a secret from Olivia that could jeopardize their relationship.
3 "High Expectations"[9] Kristin Windell John A. Norris February 1, 2021 0.66
FEELING THE PRESSURE - With the first game of the season coming up, Spencer starts to feel the pressure on and off the field. Spencer decides to confide in Layla who might have a helpful suggestion. Now that Spencer and Billy are gone, Jordan realizes he needs to step up. Asher keeps trying to talk to Olivia about the summer, but she does everything she can to avoid the issue. Meanwhile, Coop is unconvinced that Tyrone's sister, Mo has good intentions, and maybe she is just paranoid, especially when she learns of some key information pertaining to Spencer.
4 "My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me"[9] Kelli Williams Jameal Turner February 8, 2021 0.80
SELF-DISCOVERY - Following Layla's advice to see a therapist, Spencer tries to get to the root of his problem, which leads to a shocking revelation. Jordan grows concerned about Simone's behavior, but when he learns the reason why, he tries to be supportive in the way she needs. Even though Asher is still suspended, he tries to prove himself to Montes and earn a potential place somehow on the team. Meanwhile, Coop wants to make a music video and turns to the community to help, while Layla and her dad face off about Patience.
5 "How Come"[9] Kelli Williams Robert D. Doty February 15, 2021 0.75
TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH - After Spencer gets some sage advice, he and the team rally around Chris to help him with his trauma, leaving Spencer to realize it's time to be honest with Coop to get over his. Laura grows concerned about Olivia's sobriety when she notices a change in her behavior, resulting in Laura doing something that could jeopardize their relationship. Jordan gets sidelined during a game, but his eagerness to get back on the field might have a long-term consequence. Meanwhile, Layla hits a dead end with her lawsuit, so Patience takes matters into her own hands knowing Coop won't be happy when she finds out.
6 "Teenage Love"[9] Nikhil Paniz Lorna Osunsanmi & Carrie Gutenberg February 22, 2021 0.74
REFLECTION - With everything that has been going on, Spencer needs some alone time to clear his head and decides to go to the family cabin, but he gets a surprise visit from his friends. Grateful for the support, everyone seems to be having fun, until secrets come out leaving some of the couples out of sorts with each other. Coop is still reeling from everything Spencer said and with the urging of Patience, heads out to the cabin to confront Spencer. Meanwhile, Billy shows up to the house to do a few repairs, but when things go awry, Billy and Laura, work together to fix the problem.
7 "Roll the Dice"[9] Dawn Wilkinson Mike Herro & David Strauss March 1, 2021 0.74
GETTING THINGS CLEARED UP - With Coop performing in Las Vegas, Spencer and some of the gang take a road trip to see her and Layla on tour. Layla is nervous to see Spencer and admit how she is feeling towards him, and surprisingly Spencer also gets a little clarity on his feelings. Olivia surprises the group last minute, but she notices that Jordan and Simone are acting suspicious, so she enlists Spencer's help to see what they are up to. Meanwhile, with the urging of Coop, Patience tries stand up for herself, but JP has other plans leaving Patience stunned when she discovers the reason why.
8 "Canceled"[9] Avi Youabian Jameal Turner & Cam'ron Moore March 8, 2021 0.79
FRESH START - With Homecoming King and Queen nominations being announced, neither Spencer nor Coop seem to be in a celebratory mood with everything going on. Laura notices that Olivia has become more withdrawn and allows Olivia and Jordan to both take a mental health day and get some much-needed twin bonding time. Things get heated with Layla and Olivia, leaving Olivia to get some much-needed clarity. Meanwhile, Billy is frustrated with the interim principal's new rules, leaving Spencer to come up with a game plan with a little help from Grace.
9 "Testify" Ryan Zaragoza Robert D. Doty & Micah Cyrus April 12, 2021 0.68
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE - Spencer is upset with Olivia, which leaves him to face some difficult truths of his own. Olivia makes things even worse, leaving Billy, Laura and Jordan worried. Billy is in search of a kicker and holds school tryouts and is surprised at who the number one candidate turns out to be. Meanwhile, Montes gives Asher a tough choice about his football career and Coop makes a decision about school after talking with her mom.
10 "Put Up Or Shut Up" David McWhirter John A. Norris April 19, 2021 0.65
IT'S NOW OR NEVER - Spencer is feeling the pressure and knows he needs to have the game of his life as he is still trying to follow his dream of playing football. Jordan makes a risky choice when it comes to football. Olivia attends a new Narcotics Anonymous in search of a sponsor but is worried about making the wrong choice. Coop reveals some information to Layla about Layla's dad. Meanwhile, Billy and Laura are shocked when they hear what Jordan has been keeping from them.
11 "The Bigger Picture" Crystle Roberson Nkechi Okoro Carroll & Micah Cyrus April 26, 2021 0.62
A LITTLE HELP - When a college scout comes to talk to Spencer, he must decide if the strings attached is worth it. Billy realizes that the recruiting game has changed and has an idea on how to help his players. A police shooting of a young black woman hits to close to home for Olivia, leaving her to take drastic measures to get justice. Jordan is struggling with everything going on, so Spencer, Asher and JJ try to help him out. Layla is inspired by Coop when Coop does something selfless and for a good cause. Meanwhile, Grace learns something about Principal Carter that shows him in a different light.
12 "Fight the Power" Crystle Roberson Lorna Osunsanmi May 17, 2021 0.67
TAKING A STAND - When the truth comes out, Laura is furious and is left to face the consequences. Seeing everything going on, Spencer doesn't want to sit on the sidelines and asks something of his teammates that could jeopardize the rest of their season. Billy deals with something personal by himself, but after a conversation with his dad he realizes what has really happened. Meanwhile, Simone is worried about Jordan and turns to his friends for help.
13 "Bring the Noise" Avi Youabian Mike Herro & David Strauss May 24, 2021 0.67
FINDING THE JOY - When Spencer learns that Grace skipped her own college graduation, he enlists Olivia's help to throw her a surprise party, which helps distract them from reality. Billy is worried about his players chances at college recruitment, so he tries to organize a scrimmage game to help, but it's not as easy as he hoped. Coop finds herself in a tough spot with Layla. Meanwhile, Asher is forced to confront his feelings for his mom's fiancé, as well as his feelings about Vanessa.
14 "Ready or Not"[10] Nikhil Paniz Jameal Turner June 14, 2021 0.79[11]
SACRIFICES FOR FRIENDS - When Spencer's quarterback must miss the game against Westlake, Spencer puts extra pressure on himself and his young teammates because of what is at stake. Billy and Jordan grow worried when Willie doesn't show up to the game as promised and Billy learns something about Willie he wasn't expecting. Laura must deal with a new wrinkle at work that involves Olivia leaving Laura with a tough decision. Meanwhile, Spencer takes a walk down memory lane as Coop's 18th birthday nears and Layla and Preach clash over how to celebrate Coop.
15 "After Hours" Kelli Williams Mike Herro & David Strauss June 21, 2021 0.67[12]
FINDING A CONNECTION - When Billy forces Spencer and Frausto to get on the same page, the night takes an interesting turn when they run into Jordan and Asher. Olivia is excited to hang out with Layla for some much-needed bonding, but the night doesn't go as Olivia had planned. Laura needs some work advice and turns to Grace for some insight, but they both get more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, Billy finds himself in an unusual situation as he takes a walk down memory lane.
16 "No Opp Left Behind"[10] David McWhirter Cam'ron Moore & Carrie Gutenberg June 28, 2021 0.67[13]
UNCERTAIN FUTURE - As Spencer's high school football career is coming to an end, he starts to imagine what his future might look like. Jordan grows concerned about his football future and Asher gets upset when he discovers that Montes has been keeping something from him. Grace tries to have a nice evening after learning some good news, but Dillion finds a way to mess it up. Meanwhile, the group holds a Friendsgiving at Layla's but not everyone seems to receive a friendly welcome.
17 "All American: Homecoming"[14] Michael Schultz Nkechi Okoro Carroll July 5, 2021 0.64[15]
MORE TO THE STORY - Ready to get out of town for a few days, Spencer, Olivia, Jordan and Simone decide to visit Simone's aunt's Amara's at her HBCU in Atlanta where she is a journalism professor. The group is relishing in campus life, but it also is giving Simone and Olivia a different perspective they weren't expecting. While enjoying herself, Simone has a run in with a star baseball athlete named Damon, who she learns has his own reasons for being on campus. Meanwhile, Amara is on to a big story involving her college and takes a risk that could make her unpopular.
18 "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"[10] Kristin Windell Robert D. Doty July 12, 2021 0.61[16]
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - With Jordan and Simone's big day quickly approaching they start to envision what their new future will look like with the help of Billy and Laura. Spencer and Billy both realize how much pressure the football team is feeling but to their surprise they may have a new ally. Jordan helps Olivia see what has been holding her back making her look at how to balance recovery and romance. Meanwhile, Layla and Coop both find out secrets that helps to explain what has been really going on.
19 "Surviving the Times"[10] Michael Schultz John A. Norris July 19, 2021 0.73[17]
SEASON FINALE - Things in Spencer's life seem to be going right, but everything changes when Billy learns what he has been keeping from him. Jordan and Asher get some unexpected news neither of them were expecting. Coop is excited to go out on tour but is disappointed when no one from her team can accompany her and she gets more than she was anticipating. Meanwhile, Layla grows worried about her friend and is determined to help her.

Production

Filming

Casting

On October 1, 2020, Chelsea Tavares was upped to a series regular.[5]

Trivia

  • On October 2, 2020 production hauled after someone on set tested positive for COVID-19 even they were reported to be asymptomatic .[18]
    • Because of this work was forgo on October 5, 2020 with the intention to resume production the following day. [19]
  • On December 31, 2020 All American's production was set back to January 11, 2021 which was originally intended to start the week of January 4 to resume production to maintain existing testing protocols in preparation to resume production the week of Jan. 11 while the studio continues to review the situation. The production start delay would allow for a 10-day quarantine of those who had traveled for the holidays per LA County guidelines.[20]

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Promotional

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 All American - Episode 3.01 - Seasons Pass - Sneak Peek, Promotional Photos + Press Release
  2. The CW Renews 13 Series Including ‘Batwoman’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Riverdale’ & ‘All American’
  3. Various Episode Count Numbers for WB Shows 2020-2021
  4. ViacomCBS Press Release | All American
  5. 5.0 5.1 "‘All American’: Chelsea Tavares Upped To Series Regular For Season 3 Of the CW Drama" - Deadline
  6. Mike Merrill Joins the CW’s ‘All American’; ‘Walker’ Casts Chris Labadie
  7. Alondra Delgado Joins ‘All American’; ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Casts Zoe Terakes
  8. ‘All American’ Casts Erica Peeples; Miguel Angel Garcia Joins ‘Deputy’
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 All American on CW
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Recently Added Episode Titles for Legacies, The Flash, Manifest, Prodigal Son + More
  11. Monday Ratings: Soft Starts for ABC’s ‘Celebrity Dating Game’ and The CW Drama ‘The Republic of Sarah’
  12. Monday Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ Leads ABC to Diluted Victory
  13. Monday Ratings: More Victory for the Home of ‘The Bachelorette’ – ABC
  14. ‘All American’ Spinoff Officially Set As Backdoor Pilot At The CW With Geffri Maya
  15. Monday Ratings: ABC and NBC Share Modest Dominance
  16. TV Ratings for Monday 12th July 2021 - Network Prelims, Finals and Top 200 Cable Numbers Posted
  17. TV Ratings for Monday 19th July 2021 - Network Prelims Posted
  18. The CW’s ‘All American’ Pauses Filming After Positive COVID-19 Test
  19. ‘All American’ Slated To Resume Production Tuesday After Brief Pause Due To Positive COVID-19 Test
  20. Hiatus For ‘Mom’, ‘Shameless’, ‘You’, ‘All American’ & Other LA-Based Shows Extended by Warner Bros. TV Amid Covid-19 Surge
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