The green light for All American: Homecoming Season 3 has fans of the football drama spinoff eagerly awaiting new episodes. With Nexstar’s acquisition of The CW, a number of series were cancelled. And while All American: Homecoming was renewed, fans won’t be seeing all of the cast returning in the same capacity due to budget cuts.
So that leaves fans asking? Who will be in the All American: Homecoming Season 3 cast? Here’s what we know and exactly what has happened to cause the changes.
Changes with All American: Homecoming Season 3
All American: Homecoming follows Simone Hicks, who leaves Los Angeles for Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a pro tennis career at Bringston University. Nkechi Okoro Carroll created the series, which is a spinoff of All American., which The CW also renewed. The original series is heading into its sixth season.
The most recent season of All American: Homecoming aired its season finale on March 27, 2023. And it wasn’t long after when The CW renewed the show for season three, along with a few other legacy shows on the network.
There was a fair amount of change at the network, which left fans with only a handful of the network’s main series, including All American, Superman & Lois, and Walker.
Fewer Episodes for Season 3
All American: Homecoming Season 3 will have fewer episodes than the previous seasons, with 13 episodes instead of 20. The reduced episode count was due to Nexstar’s acquisition of The CW and the company’s goal to make the network profitable.
With that in mind, it is also worth wondering who would and would not be returning for the coming season of All American: Homecoming.
It has been confirmed that there will be changes in the cast, especially among the show’s regulars. Fans can expect a few characters to appear in fewer episodes because of budget cuts. But either way, you can still look forward to seeing them in whichever episodes they’ll be in.
Peyton Alex Smith
Smith, who plays the show’s original male lead, Damon Sims, will not be returning to All American: Homecoming Season 3 as a series regular. The actor will likely return in a recurring capacity. This is sad news for those expecting Simone and Damian to be together for Season 3. Even if Simone ended up choosing Damon, we might not get to see them a lot.
Smith’s demotion from being a series regular comes as a surprise. Damon was present since the backdoor pilot of the spinoff. Smith has also publicly talked about his love for his character. In an interview with Nerds of Color, Smith talked about his experience working on All American: Homecoming.
“We all laugh and joke like that every day. We’re next to the All American cast as well, so I get to see them. I just love coming to work and seeing people that look like me, and who are still acting and are professional at the highest level.”
Even though fans might not see Damon as much anymore, it would be a chance for the minor characters to emerge as leads with their own storylines.
While Smith is known for playing Damon, he is also best known as Rafael Waithe in Legacies. Smith has also appeared in The Quad, Mad Money, Carter High, Luke Cage, Detroit, and Tales.
Like Smith, Kelly Jenrette is also stepping down as a series regular for All American: Homecoming Season 3. Jenrette plays Bringston University President Amara Patterson and will be returning in a recurring capacity. According to Deadline, Jenrette and her team made the decision to return in a recurring capacity as a series regular but in fewer episodes.
Jenrette is known for her work in the films Audrey, Jinn, and All Day and a Night. But the actress is best known for her work in shows including Frisky Dingo, Grandfathered, Pitch, and Manhunt: Deadly Games.
Maya plays Simone Hicks, who started the spinoff. She will be returning to All American: Homecoming Season 3 as a series regular. At the end of Season 2, Simone made her choice between Damon and Lando, played by Martin Bobb-Semple. While it wasn’t clear who Simone was speaking to, she said, “I know who I want. It’s you.”
Maya is also known for playing Maya Bennett in Private Practice, the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff. The actress also appeared in other film and TV productions including Loco, WTF Baron Davis, Snowfall, and East of La Brea.
Cory Hardrict will be returning to All American: Homecoming Season 3 as a series regular. However, Hardrict, who plays Coach Marcus Turner, will only be appearing in fewer episodes.
Marcus Turner was a graduate of Bringston University and was recruited to play professionally but had to retire because of an injury. He returned to Bringston as a college baseball teacher with the goal of elevating the team to avoid getting the funding cut off.
Hardrict is a seasoned actor, having been in the industry since 1990. The actor is known for appearing in films including Never Been Kissed, Return of the Living Dead, Necropolis, Gran Torino, and American Sniper. Hardrict has also been in many shows including Smart Guy, ER, CSI: Miami, The Shield, Law and Order, Shark, and S.W.A.T.
Camille Hyde plays Thea Mays, and the fate of the character is currently unknown. However, Hyde is expected to return for Season 3, but there’s no official confirmation for it yet. Still, Hyde’s role could change ahead of the coming season, so we can only wait and see what happens.
Hyde’s character is the captain of the tennis team who also happens to be Damon’s ex-girlfriend, who still carries a torch for him. Thea is known for being rude, rebellious, and very competitive. Thea becomes threatened with Simone’s talent, becoming her rival for Damon’s affections.
Hyde made her television debut in 2015 in Power Rangers: Dino Charge. The actress is also known for her work in American Vandal, Katy Keene, Heathers, The Good Doctor, and Suits. Hyde also appeared in the movie The Wedding Year.
Another returning series regular for All American: Homecoming Season 3 is Sylvester Powell, who plays JR Raymond. JR is the captain of Bringston University’s baseball team and is described as talented, focused, and hardworking. A childhood friend of Damon’s, JR is also concerned about living in Damon’s shadow especially when it comes to baseball.
Powell is best known for his performance on the show. The actor was previously in shows such as Criminal Minds, and Five Points. Powell also worked on independent films including Kilo Valley, Two Wolves, and Gods.
Rhoyle Ivy King
For All American: Homecoming Season 3, King will be returning as Nathaniel Hardin. Nathaniel is non-binary and gender fluid but with a cheerful and charismatic personality. They’re one of Simone’s best friends and stand out in the group for not pursuing sports but rather styling.
But, like Hardrict, will be returning as a series regular but will appear in fewer episodes. King is known for his work in theater, dance, and fitness. One of King’s recent projects was Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Mitchell Edwards is also another cast member confirmed to return for Season 3. Edwards plays Cam Watkins and will be back as a series regular. Cam is one of Damon’s friends and is pursuing football at Bringston University. Although arrogant and cocky, Cam has also shown his cheerful, tender, and loving side, especially when he’s with Keisha.
Edwards is known for his appearances in The Rookie, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Fix, and Spinning Out. The actor has also been in films like Roxanne, Burning Sands, and The First Purge.
Netta Walker will also be returning for All American: Homecoming Season 3 as a series regular. Walker plays Keisha McCalla, who is one of the main characters in the first two seasons. Keisha is known for being the life of the party with her cheerful, funny, and sociable personality. She’s also known for her connections in the college as her father serves as the school’s principal.
Walker started her acting career in the Chicago theater scene, which would later present an opportunity to get into film and television. The actress is known for her work in Come As You Are, The Big Leap, and Chicago Fire.
When Will All American: Homecoming Season 3 Return?
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.
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