The CW announced Wednesday it has ordered second seasons of the high school football drama “All American,” the science fiction series “Rosewell, New Mexico” and drama “In The Dark” and the seventh season of the post-apocalyptic science fiction drama “The 100.”
“All American” has the third-lowest viewership among CW scripted series this season, ahead only of “Dynasty” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” averaging 734,000 viewers, according to live-plus-three days figures released by Nielsen.
“Maaaaaan if y’all aren’t the best damn fans on the planet!” “All American” show runner Nkechi Okoro Carroll tweeted. “Thanks for going so hard for our show and helping us get the word out! We’ll see you guys for season2!! Praise God!”
The CW announced in January the renewals of 10 of the 12 series on its fall schedule, with the exceptions being “`All American” and the West Covina-set musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” It had been announced in advance that the 2018-19 season would be the last for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
“All American” is a drama inspired by the life of Beverly Hills High School alumnus Spencer Paysinger, who played seven seasons in the NFL, but veers substantially from Paysinger’s life story. It stars Daniel Ezra as South Crenshaw High football standout Spencer James, who is recruited to attend Beverly High School by coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs).
“All American’s” action is split between Beverly Hills, where James lives with Baker, his wife (Monet Mazur) and children (Samantha Logan and Michael Evans Behling) weekdays and the Crenshaw district, where his mother (Karimah Westbrook) and younger brother (Jalyn Hall) live.
In addition to football, “All American” also had episodes on gang violence, teenage drug and alcohol use, racial issues, and the absence of a father from James’ home.
The renewals of “All American,” “Rosewell, New Mexico” and “In The Dark” means all five series that premiered on The CW this season have been renewed. “Charmed” and “Legacies” were among the 10 series whose renewals were announced in January.
The other series whose renewals were announced in January were “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural.”
“As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 season, we’re thrilled to have this roster of 14 exceptionally creative and distinctive series as the foundation on which to continue to build the multiplatform future of The CW,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said.
“One of our key long-term goals has been to continually add more original programming all year-round, especially in midseason and summer, and with these returning shows and the new series we’ll order as we get closer to the May upfront, next season on The CW is shaping up to be our most robust year-round schedule yet.”
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