DANIEL EZRA AND TAYE DIGGS STAR IN THE GRITTY, NEW FOOTBALL DRAMA, "ALL AMERICAN" PREMIERING ON THE CW NETWORK OCT. 10 AT 9 P.M. (ET/PT).
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
I’m intrigued by the trailers for the CW Network’s new, football drama, “All American” which premieres Oct. 10 (9 p.m. ET/PT).
The series stars Daniel Ezra (TV’s “Prime Suspect”), Taye Diggs (TV’s “Empire”), Briana Lane (TV’s “NCIS”), Karimah Westbrook (“Suburbicon”) and Jordan Belfi (TV’s “Code Black”).
“All American” is inspired by the life of NFL star player Spencer Paysinger (New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers) and tells the story of rising football star Spencer James (Ezra) who is an A student at South Crenshaw High School.
Compton is the place he calls home. But, when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker (Diggs) recruits him to join the team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace (Westbrook), and his best friend, Coop (Bre-Z, TV’s “The New Edition Story” and “Empire”), convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize.
Now Spencer must navigate two worlds--the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger.
When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son Jordan (Michael Evans Behling, TV’s “Empire” ), the team’s starting quarterback, is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight — with Spencer.
While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, Olivia (Samantha Logan, TV’s “13 Reasons Why”), who is dealing with her own demons.
He also quickly develops a crush on his classmate, Layla (Greta Onieogou, TV’s “Anne with an E”), something her boyfriend, Asher (Cody Christian, TV’s “Teen Wolf”), quickly realizes--and so, he sets out to drive Spencer off the football team and out of Beverly Hills for good.
“ALL AMERICAN” is produced by Warner Bros. and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers April Blair (“Reign”), Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”).
OTHER CW NETWORK NEWS:
The CW Network is making some big moves this fall. Notably, the station is expanding to a six-night, Sunday-Friday schedule.
“It is such an exciting time at The CW,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “We are thriving, innovating, and now we’re expanding, adding Sunday nights to our primetime.
Starting in October, we will have 12 hours of original scripted series on our schedule – more than any other broadcast network besides CBS.” Pedowitz added that there are five bold, brash new shows for 2018-19.
“There’s a new version of the beloved fan favorite series “Charmed.” For the midseason look for the unique new drama “In the Dark” and the epic romance “Roswell, New Mexico.”.
The CW is bigger and better than ever before, with more quality content and more ways for advertisers to connect with our valuable young audience, on every platform.”
The CW’s new Sunday night kicks off the week with a one-two punch of empowered and powerful women, with “Supergirl” soaring over to a new night at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the magical all new “Charmed” (9 p.m. ET/PT) with new faces as the Charmed Ones, but the same heart and humor as the beloved original.
Mondays are action-packed, as “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” returns (8 p.m. ET/PT), followed by “ARROW” shooting over to a new night at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
The CW’s highest-rated night remains the same next season, with “The Flash” back on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and the electrifying new hit “Black Lightning” at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Pop culture phenomenon ”Riverdale” is back (Wednesday 8 p.m. ET/PT). So are the Winchester boys for their 14th season of “Supernatural (Thursdays 8 p.m. (ET/PT). It will be followed by the new series “Legacies” (9 p.m. ET/PT). Set in the world of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” “Legacies” is the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
Friday nights Alexis (Nicollette Sheridan) is back to stir up more trouble for the Carrington and Colby clans in “Dynasty” (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Then check out the final season of the award-winning musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from the CW Network. Photo: CW Network.