The CW’s ‘All American’ Showrunner Shuffle: Nkechi Okoro Carroll Replaces April Blair Ahead of Series Debut

Statement from Warner Bros. TV says Blair left for “personal reasons”

Last Updated: October 2, 2018 @ 5:25 PM

Ahead of its series premiere, The CW’s football drama “All American” is already undergoing some major changes, behind the camera.

April Blair has stepped down as showrunner from the series, which is set to debut next Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. She will be replaced by co-executive producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll.

“Nkechi Okoro Carroll has been elevated from co-executive producer to executive producer of ‘All American’ and will work alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Carroll will now serve as the new showrunner for the series,” said Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the drama, in a statement. “April Blair has left her position as executive producer/showrunner for personal reasons.”

Blair wrote the pilot for the series, which stars newcomer Daniel Ezra as a high football player, opposite Taye Diggs as his coach.

Here is the logline for the series, which is inspired by the real-life story of pro football player Spencer Paysinger: When a rising high school football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Crenshaw and Beverly Hills — begin to collide.

Carroll recently signed an exclusive overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Before that, she was co-executive producer of Fox’s “Rosewood” and “The Resident.”