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The Lions will fight on after Netflix OKs second season of 'Last Chance U'

A football player holds a helmet on the sideline.
More football is headed to Netflix. The streaming service announced Monday that it has renewed its hard-hitting docuseries Last Chance U for a second season. The show will continue to follow East Mississippi Community College’s unique football program as its players fight to gain the attention they need to further their careers.

The series was inspired by a GQ article on the EMCC Lions that highlighted how the program has given talented and sometimes troubled players a chance at redemption. Current coach Buddy Stephens has seen nine of his players go on to play in the NFL, not to mention many more graduate with scholarships to play at four-year universities. Last Chance U season 2 will look at the next crop of players and their path to potential glory, both as part of the team and on an individual level.

Director Greg Whiteley, who worked on the six-episode first season, will be back for season 2. Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary programming, highlighted his key role in the docuseries in a statement. According to Deadline, she praised how he “genuinely captured both the struggles and triumphs” of the players. She also gave the school itself a nod.

“Coach Buddy Stephens, Academic Adviser Brittany Wagner, and the entire team at EMCC have bravely opened their doors for the filmmakers to capture their real world as it unfolds.” said Nishimur. “We eagerly anticipate having a front row seat as they continue to fight for their dreams in the coming season.”

Netflix tweeted the news, promising that season 2 is coming soon.

At this point, Netflix has not announced a specific season 2 premiere date, so fans will have to settle for assurances that more episodes are on the way.

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