Spinoff shows are always a risk. Especially for a series as popular as All American. But, All American: Homecoming has grown a fanbase of its own, thanks to its relatable characters and talented actors.
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Why did Peyton Alex Smith leave 'All American: Homecoming'? It wasn't exactly his choice.
Peyton is not leaving the series on his own accord. He might not be fully leaving either. Apparently, All American: Homecoming is experiencing significant budget cuts that are playing a role in the casting agreements.
It was reported by Deadline that Peyton will not be a series regular for Season 3, but could recur for next season. The actor has always publicly shared his love for his role. In an interview with The Nerds of Color he went on about how amazing the experience on the show has been for him.
He said, "We all laugh and joke like that every day. We’re next to the All American cast as well so I get to see them. I just love coming to work and seeing people that look like me, and who are still acting and are professional at the highest level.”
But, the silver lining is that as one of the starring characters of the show, his absence parts the way for the minor actors to fill in his place with their own storylines.
Are there any more budget cuts for 'All American: Homecoming'?
Peyton isn't the only one who is getting a different deal for Season 3. Kelly Jenrette, known for her role as Amara Patterson in the series, has also been moved to just a recurring character for the upcoming season.
The entire CW Network is currently undergoing budget cuts.
This isn't just an issue that All American: Homecoming is facing. CW as a whole has been going through distinct changes following its acquisition by Nexstar back in 2022.
Because of this, cutbacks are being looked at for every CW series. Superman & Lois, which is about to enter its fourth season, is receiving extensive changes.
"Performance-wise, Superman & Lois has been on par with All American and Walker. But, with its superhero nature, it also is more expensive due to extensive special effects. In addition to trimming the cast, the series likely would lean more heavily into its core premise as a family drama going forward while still honoring its superhero roots," Deadline reported.
Season 3 of All American: Homecoming is set to premiere on October 10, 2023. It has not been announced whether or not this will be the show's final season.