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With Netflix’s ‘Cheer,’ Greg Whiteley Showcases The Grit & Stunning Athleticism Of The Navarro College Cheer Team

With Netflix’s ‘Cheer,’ Greg Whiteley Showcases The Grit & Stunning Athleticism Of The Navarro College Cheer Team
With his critically acclaimed Netflix series Cheer, Greg Whiteley aimed to spotlight the high-pressure world of competitive cheerleading, while showcasing the grit and incredible abilities of athletes in this space.

Following the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for one of the biggest moments of their lives, the six-part series emerged conceptually, while Whiteley was filming Season 2 of college football docuseries Last Chance U.

“We were looking for ways to film Season 2 in a way that wasn’t just a repeat of Season 1. We were in a pretty small town, a place called Scooba, Mississippi, so we just started looking around and thought, ‘Well, there’s this huge marching band we don’t know much about,’” the director/EP recalls. “‘There’s a cheerleading squad that’s at every game; we don’t know anything about them. Let’s go to a cheer practice.’”

When Whiteley attended a practice,
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'Cheer' Creator on Tackling the Danger of the Sport Onscreen and a Possible Season Two

'Cheer' Creator on Tackling the Danger of the Sport Onscreen and a Possible Season Two
Documentary filmmaker Greg Whiteley happened to walk by a TV display in Costco when he saw his alma mater, Brigham Young University, win the national cheerleading championship. Intrigued, he approached Byu about making a documentary about the squad. They weren't interested, so he shelved the idea.

Years later, the idea came back to Whiteley when he was filming the Netflix football docuseries Last Chance U. Finding his way into a cheerleading practice, Whitley was floored by what he saw. "They seemed to be taking practice even more seriously than the football team," he says. "It just never ...
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‘Last Chance U’ Sets Premiere Date for 5th and Final Season, Franchise to Spin-Off With Basketball Version

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‘Last Chance U’ Sets Premiere Date for 5th and Final Season, Franchise to Spin-Off With Basketball Version
Netflix has set a premiere date for the fifth and final football-focused season of “Last Chance U” — and announced that the franchise is spinning off into the sport of basketball.

“Last Chance U: Laney” premieres July 28, following the Laney Eagles, a junior college football team in Oakland, California.

But fans will have to wait until 2021 for “Last Chance U: Basketball,” which will document the East Los Angeles Community College basketball team during their 2019-2020 season.

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“We’re thrilled to be able to delve into the world of Laney College for our fifth season and to have had the opportunity to document the incredible grit and drive of these Juco players in Oakland, CA. 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
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‘Last Chance U’: Netflix Junior College Football Docuseries Returns For Fifth & Final Season; ‘Basketball’ Spinoff Gets Series Greenlight

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‘Last Chance U’: Netflix Junior College Football Docuseries Returns For Fifth & Final Season; ‘Basketball’ Spinoff Gets Series Greenlight
Netflix’s Last Chance U is moving from football to basketball. The streaming giant said today that the critically acclaimed docuseries Last Chance U, which focuses on junior college football, will return for a a fifth and final season on July 28. Additionally, Netflix has given a green light to new series Last Chance U: Basketball for premiere in 2021. The new series will document the East Los Angeles Community College basketball team during their 2019-2020 season.

Season 5, Last Chance U: Laney, brings viewers inside the hustle and grind of Laney College Juco football in Oakland, CA, where the Laney Eagles are embarking on a new season to defend their 2018 national championship. Under the leadership of the legendary Coach John Beam, the Laney players must overcome injuries, road blocks, and the pressure to prove themselves once again. This season will show how the culture and community has shaped this program, team
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Last Chance U Ending in July on Netflix; Basketball Spinoff to Premiere in 2021

Last Chance U Ending in July on Netflix; Basketball Spinoff to Premiere in 2021
Netflix’s Last Chance U is putting down the pigskin with the premiere of its fifth and final season on Tuesday, July 28, TVLine has learned. The collegiate docuseries’ last hurrah will take viewers to Oakland, Calif., where they’ll spend a season with the Laney College Juco football team.

“After clinching the title of state and national champions in 2018, the Laney Eagles have a hard season to follow and a lot to prove,” reads the final season’s official synopsis. “Going into his eighth season and having built the program from the ground up, powerhouse head coach John Beam must
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Documentary filmmaker Greg Whiteley (‘Cheer’) on bringing authenticity to the ultimate underdog story for Netflix [Exclusive Video Interview]

Documentary filmmaker Greg Whiteley (‘Cheer’) on bringing authenticity to the ultimate underdog story for Netflix [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It’s not the cameras that are going to get in your way of capturing authentic moments,” reveals documentarian Greg Whiteley about his new Netflix series. “It’s a belief on the part of your main subjects, or a concern that you don’t have their best interests at heart and when they’re suspicious of your motives, their guard is up,” he says. “They’re waiting for somebody to come along who they trust before they can show who they really are.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Whiteley above.

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Cheer” is the latest documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Whiteley, whose past work includes the Emmy nominated “Resolved,” as well as “Last Chance U” and “Mitt.” It follows a nationally ranked 40-member cheer team from smalltown USA, made up of teenagers from troubled upbringings who aspire to make
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The Best TV Series of 2020 So Far (And Where to Watch Them)

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The Best TV Series of 2020 So Far (And Where to Watch Them)
2020 is approaching the quarter mark, and there’s already plenty of TV series released this year that are worth some attention. As usual, the noteworthy shows in this great big mess of TV happen to be a cross-section of industry at large. Some shows are from cable stalwarts, while others are new favorites in the streaming world.

So in the spirit of looking to highlight some of these quality series, we’ve assembled an opening round of 10 TV shows —some that have finished their seasons and some that are still ongoing — that we think are worth your time. A few are brand new 2020 debuts, while others are continuations of shows that are continuing their standout runs.

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Our list isn’t exhaustive,
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Netflix’s Cheer: 10 Facts About Navarro College’s Squad Not Shown In The Series

There’s no denying that Cheer is yet another hit docuseries for Netflix. The series follows the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepare for the National Cheerleading Championship that takes place every year in Daytona Beach, Florida. The docuseries was created by Greg Whiteley, who is also the man responsible for Netflix’s Last Chance U.

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The unexpected reaction to Cheer has been the overwhelming love and support for its subjects – from coach Monica Aldama to squad members such as Jerry Harris, Gabi Butler, La’Darius Marshall, Morgan Simianer, and Mackenzie “Sherbs” Sherbum. If you need your fix of more Cheer content and want to know what the docuseries didn’t show, you’ve come to the right place!
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'Cheer' Filmmaker Says He Owes Gabi's Parents an Apology

'Cheer' Filmmaker Says He Owes Gabi's Parents an Apology
Cheer filmmaker Greg Whiteley has one big regret about his breakout Netflix series, and it's that he wishes he'd been a bit nicer to Gabi Butler's parents.

"I owe them an apology," he told Kim Masters when she broached the subject on Kcrw's The Business. "I think that there is a way that I have made movies in the past where a main subject or somebody I’m following around will say or do something that either makes them look silly or conniving, and I don’t shy away from showing that stuff — but what ...
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‘Cheer’ Stars La’Darius Marshall and Jerry Harris on Life After the Netflix Hit

‘Cheer’ Stars La’Darius Marshall and Jerry Harris on Life After the Netflix Hit
When “Cheer” premiered on Netflix last month, the documentary series was an instant — and somewhat unexpected — smash hit. It’s been called one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made, and shining a light on the incredible athleticism involved in the unfairly maligned sport. The image of Valley girls with pom-poms and ponytails very quickly dissipates as these fierce young competitors push through bruised ribs, dislocated elbows, and grueling late-night practices to compete at the highest level. Cheerleading — it turns out — is not for the faint of heart.

Created by Emmy-nominated documentarian Greg Whiteley, “Cheer” upends all expectations of a cheerleading documentary. Whatever you thought you knew about cheerleading, forget it. In addition to its gripping storytelling and a nail-biter of a finale, what makes “Cheer” so brilliant is the casting of the central characters. In his subtle but deliberate choice to focus on certain athletes, Whiteley purposefully highlights class
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The Joy and Heartbreak of ‘Cheer’

The Joy and Heartbreak of ‘Cheer’
Cheer, the six-part Netflix docuseries about an elite collegiate cheerleading squad, has a winning formula that’s made it TV’s first breakout hit of 2020: small-town athletics, Texas kitsch, and beautiful young girls in pain. In the three weeks since it premiered, coverage of the show has blanketed the internet and taken over social media — reviews, quizzes, essays, memes. It’s even gotten the Saturday Night Live treatment, a recent skit that reduces its appeal to thick Southern drawls and cringe-inducing injuries.

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Cheer: breathtaking, bone-crunching, nerve-racking magic

Netflix’s cheerleading documentary is cracking TV. If you haven’t already front-flipped your way through the whole perfect series, do so now

If you’re yet to watch Cheer, Netflix’s new cheerleading documentary, chances are it’s down to the subject matter. You might not understand cheerleading, or it might seem too positive for your curdled British mindset, or you might simply think you have no interest in it whatsoever. But let me tell you; you are making a mistake. Cheer was created by Greg Whiteley, and that alone should be enough to make you watch.

I understand your position perfectly. Whiteley’s last series was Last Chance U, which I had no intention of watching until I was forced to. “It’s about American football,” my editor told me. “You’ll love it.” I disagreed sight unseen, on the basis that I had never watched American football
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‘Cheer’ Review: Netflix Doc Series Balances the Highs and Lows of Collegiate Cheerleading

‘Cheer’ Review: Netflix Doc Series Balances the Highs and Lows of Collegiate Cheerleading
There are moments in “Cheer” where it’s not exactly clear if the footage being shown is moving forward or in reverse. It’s a testament to the Navarro Cheerleading team, subject of this new Netflix documentary series, that their members are talented and disciplined enough that the watchlike movements find members flying through the air in ways that don’t seem like it should be possible. Whether watching that kind of acrobatic skill is a revelation or commonplace, there’s enough in “Cheer” to keep you engaged in a number of different ways.

The series comes from director Greg Whiteley and the team behind “Last Chance U,” shifting their focus on life inside a junior collegiate program from the world of football to the world of cheerleading. Much of the stylistic approach translates well. Speaking to cheer team members in their dorm rooms and coaches in their offices, there
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TV News Roundup: Mike Epps To Guest Star on ABC’s ‘Stumptown’ (Exclusive)

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TV News Roundup: Mike Epps To Guest Star on ABC’s ‘Stumptown’ (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, Mike Epps has been cast as a guest star in an upcoming episode of “Stumptown,” and Freeform set a premiere date for its upcoming film, “The Thing About Harry.”

Castings

Comedian Mike Epps has been cast in a guest role on “Stumptown,” Variety has learned exclusively. Epps will portray Judge Antonio Price, the star of “Black Justice,” which is a fictional highly-rated court TV show within the universe of the ABC drama. Theatrical and charismatic, Epps’ Price entertains the room while passing down judgement. When not on the bench, he has a more serious side and hires Dex to handle a situation concerning his brother. His episode will air Jan. 8 on ABC. See a first look at Epps in the role above.

Victor Cruz will join E! Network’s “Pop of the Morning” as the third co-host with Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie. The former football player,
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‘Last Chance U’ Director on Cheerleaders in Netflix’s ‘Cheer': ‘Toughest Athletes I’ve Ever Filmed’

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‘Last Chance U’ Director on Cheerleaders in Netflix’s ‘Cheer': ‘Toughest Athletes I’ve Ever Filmed’
Last Chance U” director Greg Whiteley is bringing us a fresh perspective on a sport he says most people “think think know a lot about, but they actually don’t.”

His new Netflix docuseries, “Cheer,” debuts on Jan. 8. And instead of following junior college football players like “Last Chance U,” this docuseries follows an entirely different brand of athlete — co-ed, junior collegiate cheerleaders.

“They’re the toughest athletes I’ve ever filmed,” Whiteley told TheWrap ahead of the series premiere. “It’s not even close. And that’s no slight to football players.”

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Cheer” follows the Navarro College cheerleading team in the sleepy town of Corsicana, Texas, where they spend a semester training as hard as humanly possible for the National Championships in Daytona, Florida. The team is lead by inexhaustible coach Monica Aldama, whose leadership
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Netflix Beefs Up Unscripted Slate With Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Docuseries and Cheer Squad

Netflix is expanding its unscripted offerings in 2020 with the launch of The Goop Lab and Cheer.

The Goop Lab takes viewers inside the life of Gwyneth Paltrow as well as her wellness compay, Goop when it hits the air Friday, January 24.

Paltrow will be front and center, but the series will also follow chief content officer of Goop, Elise Loehnen, as well as editors of the company.

Based on the official trailer, the topics on offer are female sexuality, energy healing, among others.

“What we try to do at Goop is explore ideas that may seem ‘out there’ or too scary,” Loehnen explains in the trailer, before opening up about having an exorcism while trying out energy healing.

Goop exploded on to the scene in 2008, as an email newsletter filled with information on health and wellness, but thanks to Paltrow's unique take on things, it blossomed into so much more.
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Netflix ‘Cheer’ Docuseries Trailer: Watch Hardcore Cheerleaders Do Some Twisty Flips (Video)

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The trailer is out for Netflix’s upcoming “Cheer” docuseries, and these are not your average pom-pom wavers.

From “Last Chance U” director Greg Whiteley, the series follows the Navarro College cheer team from the sleepy town of Corsicana, Texas, where they spend a semester training as hard as they can for the National Championships in Daytona, Florida.

Watch the personality-packed team of cheerleaders launch themselves into the air and do many dangerous-looking flips in the video above.

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“The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves,” according to Netflix’s description. “Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries,
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Netflix's Cheer Sheds Light on 'Insane' College Squad — Watch Trailer

Netflix's Cheer Sheds Light on 'Insane' College Squad — Watch Trailer
The Toros from Bring It On have nothing on this squad.

Welcome to the demanding world of competitive cheerleading, the setting for Netflix’s latest documentary series, Cheer, premiering Wednesday, Jan. 8. For the Navarro College team, the only thing higher than their twirls, leaps and vaults is the enormous stakes to win, as shown in the newly released trailer above.

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Over six episodes, Cheer will tell the team’s stories of hard work,
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TV News Roundup: TBS Unveils ‘Miracle Workers: Dark Ages’ Trailer

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TV News Roundup: TBS Unveils ‘Miracle Workers: Dark Ages’ Trailer
In today’s TV news roundup, TBS releases the first look at Season 2 of “Miracle Workers” and Netflix announces the premiere date for “Cheer.”

Castings:

Nickelodeon has called on comedian and writer Adam Conover to host its new family game show “The Crystal Maze.“ In the American rendition of the U.K. series, Conover will take on the role of Maze Master and guide on family team through physical and mental challenges set within an elaborate labyrinth of four immersive themed time zones: Aztec, Eastern, Futuristic, and Industrial. “The Crystal Maze” will premiere Jan. 24.

Dates:

Netflix has scheduled its upcoming fashion competition series “Next in Fashion” for a Jan. 29 premiere. Hosted by Tan France (“Queer Eye”) and Alexa Chung, the show plans to put 18 fashion designers to the test as they compete in various challenges for a chance to win $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.
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Netflix Orders ‘Cheer’ Docuseries From ‘Last Chance U’ Director

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Netflix has ordered a new docuseries from the Greg Whiteley, director of junior college football docuseries “Last Chance U.”

Titled “Cheer,” the six-episode docuseries follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

Here is Netflix’s official description:

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“Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000. The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves. Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline pumping final competition at the National Championship.”

“Our new series Cheer is as much about
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