The CW defined the cast for its All American spin-off planted in the headliner of Geffri Maya taking it over All American role of Simone Hicks. Join her are Peyton Alex Smith, Cory hadrict, Kelly jenrette, Sylverser powell, Netta Walker and Camille Hyde (Katy keene).
The Backdoor Pilot will air as an episode of the current season. All American – which after eight shows is in double digits, these are all key demos and the most aired series of The CW since its first Season 3.
Written by All American showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll and directed by Michael Schultz, All American: Homecoming is a young adult sports drama set against the backdrop of the HBCU experience. The show follows young Beverly Hills tennis hopeful Simone Hicks (Maya) and elite Chicago baseball player Damons Sims (Smith) as they battle the high stakes of college sports, while cruising through the ups, downs and sex appeal of unsupervised early adulthood at a prestigious, historically black college.
Smith’s Damon Sims is a nationally-level baseball prodigy, Damon is from South Chicago, but his family moved to a well-to-do neighborhood shortly after his Little League team became embroiled in a controversial national scandal. An experience that had more of a long-term effect on him than he thought. Baseball, once his number one sweetheart, has now turned into a job, thanks in part to his mother becoming a manager.
Hardrict plays coach Marcus Turner who played baseball at Bringston University and was drafted in professional ball, only to have an injury sidelined in his career. Now an assistant baseball coach at Bringston, he’s tough, straightforward and determined to raise honorable young men.
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Jenrette plays Amara Patterson. A successful journalist turned journalism professor, Amara is Simone’s aunt and the most popular professor on campus. Despite her success as the youngest full-time professor in Bringston’s history, Dr. Patterson’s unapologetic activism sometimes puts her at odds with her family.
Powell plays Jessie Raymond, Jr. An Atlanta native and college baseball player, Jessie became friends with Damon as a teenage baseball player on the national stage. Although he’s skillful and hard-working, he doesn’t have Damon’s natural knack in the field, and being constantly in his shadow makes their friendship difficult.
Walker plays Keisha McCalla. Growing up on campus with her father, an administrator at the University, Keisha is the party life and unofficial mayor of Bringston University – knowing everything and everything, despite being only a student of first year. Although Pre-Med, she would pursue her dream of dancing rather than medicine if given a choice – much to her father’s dismay.
Hyde plays Thea Mays, a queen bee sophomore who shows slight nasty tendencies. A tennis prodigy, she takes her responsibility to represent the black community in sport very seriously. Simone’s arrival at Bringston shakes things up for Thea as her instant dislike of her rival collides with the bond they share as black women in tennis.
Okoro Carroll’s direction produces with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and Robbie Rogers. Berlanti Productions produced in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Smith is replaced by Innovative Artists, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Jenrette is replaced by MKS & Associates, Robyn Bluestone Management and lawyer Matt Rosen of GGSSC. Hardrict is replaced by Buchwald and lawyer Karl Austen. Powell is replaced by Pakula / King & Associates and ThirdHill Entertainment. Walker is replaced by Paonessa Talent Agency and MRK MGMT. Hyde is replaced by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Mosaic and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.