The CW’s All American: Homecoming Season 3 is just around the corner! A spinoff from All American, the series continues at Atlanta’s Bringston University.
And with everything that happened in Season 2, fans hope to see more of the characters. Here’s what we know so far about All American: Homecoming Season 3. Though be warned, there are spoilers ahead from Season 2.
All American: Homecoming Renewed
All American: Homecoming was renewed by The CW for a third season. The network announced the renewal in June 2023. The upcoming season was picked up for 13 episodes, seven episodes less than the previous season’s 20. All American: Homecoming was also one of the four legacy shows The CW picked up simultaneously. The other shows were Superman & Lois, Walker, and All American.
CW President Brad Schwartz praised the spinoff’s renewal.
“These series are two of our strongest performers across our linear and digital platforms with some of the most passionate fanbases in all of television. We are grateful to our partners at Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions for their continued collaboration and we cannot wait to get started on the new seasons,” said Schwartz.
All American: Homecoming was created by Nkechi Okoro Carroll, who created the original All American series. Carroll is known for her work on The Resident, Rosewood, and Bones. David Madden and Robbie Rogers are also co-creators of the show. Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti, Lindsay Dunn, and Marqui Jackson are the show’s executive producers.
All American: Homecoming Cast
For All American: Homecoming Season 3, there will be some major changes in the cast. Two actors are stepping down as series regulars to recurring roles. The changes followed the show’s renewal by the network – Peyton Alex Amith and Kelly Jenrette are stepping down as series regulars. This was due to the current budget cuts by the networks.
But for All American: Homecoming Season 3, we can expect the rest of the main cast to return. This includes Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks, Cory Hardrict as Coach Marcus Turner, Sylvester Powell as Jessie “J.R.” Raymond, Jr, and Camille Hyde as Thea Mays. Also expected to return are Mitchell Edwards as Cam Watkins, Netta Walker as Keisha McCalla, and Rhoyle Ivy King as Nathaniel Hardin.
Smith plays Damon Sims, and Jenrette plays Amara Patterson. Both characters will be reduced to a recurring capacity after stepping down as series regulars. Hardrict and King will also have a reduced role in Season 3, so they will appear in fewer episodes compared to the last two seasons.
Most of the creative team behind All American: Homecoming, however, will remain for Season 3.
What Happened in Season 2
The Season 2 finale of All American: Homecoming shocked fans when it was revealed that Simone and Damon slept together after the show suggested that they only kissed. This left Simone torn as she was also dating Lando at the time and wondering who she would ultimately choose. While many fans have longed to see Simone and Damon together, Geffri Maya revealed at the time she had reservations about her character’s romantic pursuits.
“I think it wouldn’t be for them to get together only because both of them have so many things they have to work out in their own personal lives,” Maya told US Weekly ahead of the finale. “Reading the finale and watching the finale were, like two different experiences. Being able to see Damon kind of open the door with his father and get in the groove of actually building a real bond that really means a lot to him, you can’t really have anything infiltrate that, especially on top of sports and him trying to find his own groove.”
Maya also said that Simone is “in this new space” and that she’s “regaining her energy and vigor with tennis” while also finding her own path and joining a sorority.
Aside from Simone’s love life getting a major revelation, the Season 2 finale also saw JR deal with his health issues and Nate winning her presidential campaign. But the most surprising twist was that Marcus was actually married even if he was dating Amara.
Showrunner Marqui Jackson said the secret wife twist came up when they realized they needed to “shake” Marcus and Amara’s relationship up.
“No couple can be happy forever,” said Jackson. “So it just felt like a really unique opportunity. Because there’s so much about Marcus we still don’t know.”
All American: Homecoming Season 3 Plot
The official synopsis for All American: Homecoming Season 3 has yet to be released. But, we can predict what might happen from what took place in Season 2.
Because of Smith leaving the series, the upcoming season would have to wrap up the love triangle between Damon, Simone, and Lando. Season 3 might see Simone and Lando get together. This is because, in the Season 2 finale, it wasn’t certain who Simone was speaking to, but she was saying she was committing to someone. Given the cast changes, this could be Lando.
Carroll told US Weekly ahead of the Season 2 finale that All American: Homecoming Season 3 would also address more of Marcus’s character following the twist.
“He left and was drafted professionally. He was playing in the minors and had this injury before he could be called up to the majors,” said Carroll.
“But there was always those few years that even Amara can’t fully account for because he’s pushed her away. So it was always an interesting space where we were going to come back one day and have to fill those years. Right, how did he become the person he is, from the star baseball player in college? How does he become such a wise, calming, grounded version of himself?” Carroll added.
All American: Homecoming Season 3 Release Date
The release date of All American: Homecoming Season 3 has since changed following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. The strikes by the two unions have halted many film and television productions. All American: Homecoming Season 3 was originally slated to premiere on October 10, 2023. Unfortunately, the strikes have postponed the release date, so fans won’t see the new season until 2024.
It’s also worth mentioning that when All American: Homecoming was renewed, the WGA strike was in effect. SAG-AFTRA went on strike in July. This means production for Season 3 won’t start until a deal is reached with the unions by the AMPTP. Some of the studios have also pushed their fall shows back and lined up non-scripted reality programs instead.
Even though the WGA strike has ended, the studios have yet to make a deal with SAG-AFTRA. So there can be no on-screen work until SAG-AFTRA also gets a proper deal.