The fifth season of Netflix’s Last Chance U may have been its most emotional and consequential yet. For the first time, the series featured an urban-based junior college (JuCo) program, profiling student athletes who lived at home, with their partners, and, for one player, in his car.
However, it seems that the acclaimed Netflix docuseries will be ending on this high note and not returning for a season 6.
Netflix announced in late June that the fifth season focusing on Oakland’s Laney College will be the last in the series. The follow-up season to each previous JuCo program tended to pick up during the team’s next season, introducing a new group of players, stories, and D1 dreams. This time around, however, things were a lot different. The fifth season ended with many players in limbo—waiting for the spring to showcase their skills or vie for starting positions. Laney coach John Beam was also recruiting new players for the 2020 season. The limbo continued, as player safety concerns threatened to delay college football seasons across the country.
And just this month a decision was reached regarding California football.
California announced a delay to the high school football season, and the Visalia Times reported that the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors approved a plan that will shift junior college seasons to spring of 2021. California JuCo football won’t be back until next year.
It’s unclear what role these developments played in Netflix’s decision to conclude the season. Netflix did, however, announce a new project.
What we know about Last Chance U: Basketball
While the Last Chance U team is blowing the whistle on football, they aren’t done with JuCo sports. Alongside the announcement to conclude with the football series, Netflix said there will be a Last Chance U: Basketball.
The next LCU series will premiere in 2021 and following the East Los Angeles Community College 2019-2020 basketball season.
Last Chance U producer and director Greg Whiteley told Deadline “with this series, we always wanted to give viewers a raw behind-the-scenes look at junior college athletics and we’re excited to expand the LCU legacy onto the court with JUCO basketball.”
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