How Netflix Could Save The CW’s ‘All American’

TCA 2019: Freshman show was not among 10 renewals announced on Thursday

All American
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The CW renewed a bunch of shows on Thursday — the low-rated freshman series “All American” was not among them. So where does that one stand?

“We are extremely proud of that show. We think the production qualities and the storytelling of that show are up there with ‘Jane’ and ‘Crazy Ex,’” CW President Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday. “At this point, it has nothing to do [with] the show. We will sit down in May and determine what the needs are at that moment.”

“I am very positive about it,” he added. “It is going to be a conversation in the scheduling room, but I am proud to support it.”

May’s upfronts period is when television networks unveil their fall TV lineups to advertisers. They’ll need a decision by then.

Elaborating on the show’s potential future, Pedowitz said the yet-to-air Episode 15 is “some of the best TV you will ever see.” Season 1 got a 16-episode order, and all will air, he promised.

“All American” heads to Netflix at the end of March — and that move could save the show if it is well-received by subscribers.

“We’re going to be curious to see how it does in out-of-season streaming at that point,” Pedowitz told reporters. “That will help give us some more determination.”

“All American” is loosely based on the life of former NFL player Spencer Paysinger. The series has generally garnered good reviews from critics.