All American titlecard

All American[1] (formerly known as Spencer) is an upcoming television series set to premiere on The CW during the 2018–19 season.[2] The project is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.[3] The pilot will be written by April Blair and Greg Berlanti, and directed by Rob Hardy.[3] The series will premiere date is on October 10, 2018.


  • Daniel Ezra as Spencer James[3]
  • Taye Diggs as Billy Baker[3]
  • Samantha Logan as Olivia Baker[4]
  • Bre-Z as Tiana "Coop" Cooper[5]
  • Greta Onieogou as Leila Faisal[5]
  • Monet Mazur as Laura Fine-Baker[6]
  • Michael Evans Behling as Jordan Baker[6]
  • Cody Christian as Asher[4]

Episodes Edit

  • Pilot (10/10/2018)

Production Edit

Development Edit

In September 2017, it was announced that The CW veteran Greg Berlanti had two pilots in development for the network, one of them inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It was also revealed that April Blair would write and executive produce the untitled project, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing. A pilot for the potential series, then called Spencer, was ordered in January 2018. The pilot was ordered to series on May 11, 2018.

Casting Edit

On February 22, 2018, Taye Diggs was cast as Billy Baker, followed a week later with Samantha Logan cast as Olivia Baker, his daughter. The rest of the cast was filled out through mid-March with Bre-Z and Greta Onieogou cast as Tiana Cooper and Leila Faisal, respectively, on March 15 and Monet Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, and Cody Christian cast the next day as Laura Fine-Baker, Olivia's mother; Jordan Baker, Olivia's brother; and Asher. Karimah Westbrook was cast as Grace James on March 19 and Daniel Ezra was cast in the lead role of Spencer James on March 21. On May 31, Jalyn Hall was promoted to a series regular as Dillion, Spencer's little brother.

Filming Edit

Filming for the series will take place in Los Angeles, California. The pilot was filmed during the first quarter of 2018. Filming for season one will begin in July.

Reception Edit


  1. All the details on the CW's new shows for the 2018-19 season - Los Angeles Times
  2. 2018 The CW Pilots – Deadline
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Daniel Ezra Lands the Lead In Spencer Paysinger CW Pilot From Greg Berlanti – Deadline
  4. Cody Christian Cast In CW’s April Blair/Spencer Paysinger Pilot; Richard Esteras In ‘Skinny Dip’ – Deadline

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