All American: Homecoming season 3: Everything we know so far

All American: Homecoming -- “Stand Up For Something” -- Image Number: AHC214a_0159r -- Pictured (L _ R): Camille Hyde as Thea Mays, Coco Gauff and Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All American: Homecoming -- “Stand Up For Something” -- Image Number: AHC214a_0159r -- Pictured (L _ R): Camille Hyde as Thea Mays, Coco Gauff and Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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If you have been waiting patiently for the next season of All American: Homecoming, your wait will soon come to an end. After The CW announced that its flagship series, All American, would premiere its highly anticipated sixth season in April 2024, the network also revealed that All American: Homecoming season 3 would premiere directly after.

That's exciting news for fans of the underrated series, but for those who aren't yet watching the show, it's a spinoff of All American centering on tennis player Simone Hicks (Geffri Maya). Now attending the fictional HBCU Bringston University in Atlanta, Simone deals with giving up her child for adoption, old and new relationships, and balancing her grueling athletic lifestyle.

All American: Homecoming has a ton of heart and plenty of plot twists that will keep you tuning in week after week or hitting "next episode" on Netflix until you have run out of episodes. Wondering what's going on with season 3? Here's everything fans need to know about the prospective premiere date, the latest casting changes, some teases, and a predicted Netflix release window.

Season 3 will premiere on The CW in summer 2024

On Feb. 15, The CW announced the All American season 6 premiere date for Monday, April 1, but All American: Homecoming season 3 wasn't paired up with its sire series and wasn't even included on the lineup. The CW boss later cleared up that All American: Homecoming's third season has been slated to premiere in the summer.

Currently, the network plans to finish the 13-episode All American season 6 and run right into the 13-episode All American: Homecoming season 3. Thirteen weeks after April 1 would bring Homecoming to a potential premiere on Monday, July 1, though it's unclear if The CW plans to air All American season 6 uninterrupted without breaks. For now, let's expect the season premiere sometime in July 2024, though August could be on the table, too.

Casting changes

In order to lock down a season 3 renewal, The CW and the series' production company Warner Bros. Television needed to reach an agreement to reduce the show's budget. Unfortunately, this restructuring forced a few cast members to reduce their roles to recurring or reduce their episodic guarantees, as reported by Deadline.

Peyton Alex Smith, who plays Damon, and Kelly Jenrette, who plays Amara, were both transitioned into recurring roles for season 3 from their former series regular positions. Cory Hardrict and Rhoyle Ivy King will both remain credited as series regulars though they will each appear in fewer episodes than usual. Meanwhile, Martin Bobb-Semple, who plays Lando, was promoted to a series regular.

Check out the season 3 main cast:

  • Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks
  • Cory Hardrict as Coach Marcus Turner
  • Sylvester Powell as Jessie "J.R." Raymond Jr.
  • Camille Hyde as Thea Mays
  • Mitchell Edwards as Cam Watkins
  • Netta Walker as Keisha McCalla
  • Rhoyle Ivy King as Nathaniel Hardin
  • Martin Bobb-Semple as Orlando "Lando" Johnson

The following cast members have been reduced to recurring status for season 3:

  • Peyton Alex Smith as Damon Sims
  • Kelly Jenrette as Amara Patterson

The love triangle and reduced crossovers

Martin Bobb-Semple's character Lando has quickly become a more important part of the series after coming to Bringston University in season 2. He started out as a rival from a different school, but he joined the Bringston baseball team in the second season and wound up involved in a love triangle with Simone as she struggles to decide between him and Damon.

In the season 2 finale, Simone seemingly made her decision between Damon and Lando, but the audience isn't privy to her choice just yet. We're still waiting to find out who she picks. However, with Smith's role being reduced to recurring and Bobb-Semple becoming a series regular, it's hard not to read into that change as a reflection of Simone's choice. Did she pick Lando?

Of course, we'll have to wait to find out the answer in the season 3 premiere. While we will get that answer, something fans might not be getting in the All American universe this season is more crossovers. Nkechi Okoro Carroll spoke to TV Line and said that although the shows exist in each other's world and have casually crossed over, season 6 and season 3 won't feature as many as normal. This change likely has to do with All American's reduced episode count, fallout from the strikes, and the shows airing at different times.

When will season 3 be on Netflix?

Even though All American: Homecoming wasn't originally streaming on Netflix, the streamer made a deal to be the show's exclusive streaming home, snatching the rights from Max. The series now calls Netflix home, but its release pattern doesn't follow the same rules as All American, which was part of the now-defunct deal The CW made with Netflix in 2011 and lasted through 2019.

The CW's shows under the former Netflix deal begin streaming on the platform eight days after their televised finales (though some exceptions have applied). All American: Homecoming season 2 ended on March 27, 2023 and hit Netflix on April 11, 2023. Rather than eight days, that's 15 days after the season finale. That means season 3 could be on Netflix by fall 2024, in either September or October, about two weeks after the season 3 finale.

All American: Homecoming seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix. Stay tuned for more news and updates about season 3!

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