All American: Hail Mary

Spencer James, football star at Crenshaw High School, is faced with a decision to make. Does he decide to take a chance to better his future, or stay loyal to his hometown?

The CW television series, “All American,” is based on the life of NFL Super Bowl champion, Spencer Paysinger. The story takes place in South Central Los Angeles, specifically in Crenshaw and Beverley Hills.

The show didn’t receive the popularity it was hoping for while airing on The CW, being “one of the least-viewed programs on TV during the 2018-2019 season,” according to Cinema Blend. It wasn’t until the show began streaming on Netflix that it gained its popularity, even appearing on the Top 10 list for some time.

Prior to the worldly complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show had plans to film, produce, and release the third season of the show in the fall of 2020. However, the cast and crew was unable to begin filming until September 2020.

Cinema Blend states that productions were delayed temporarily, as a safety precaution, after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 just a few days after returning to the set. The cast and crew quickly returned back to work, one day later, in hopes to satisfy their anxious fans.

The CW recently announced that the third season of “All American” will premier on their network on Monday, January 18, 2021. Other streaming options will be available at a later date.

Many questions were left unanswered at the end of season two. Relationships left unresolved, problems left on edge, and decisions to be made will make for a highly anticipated season three.

“Whether you’re a black kid from South Central or an affluent kid from Beverley Hills, you know, we’re all here together at the end of the day,” says Paysinger.

Personally, I believe that this series does a very good job at showing the difference in culture 10 miles can make. It changes your perspective on everyday life and teaches you to appreciate the small things.