Netflix’s acclaimed documentary series “Last Chance U” will officially return for a third season, but will do so at a different school.
After its first two seasons documented the football program at East Mississippi Community College, Netflix announced in a press release Thursday that the third season will go behind the scenes at another junior college: Independence Community College in Kansas.
Independence has a much different pedigree than EMCC, a program with three junior college national champions this decade. In 2016, Independence had its first winning season in 10 years under first-year head coach Jason Brown.
As the series moves to a different part of the country, Last Chance U director Greg Whiteley said the producers hope to revisit some of the players, coaches and staff members featured in the first two seasons.
“While we now have the opportunity to head to Kansas, we hope to revisit the people we’ve grown to love over the past two seasons of Last Chance U,” Whiteley said. “We are forever grateful to the talented team at East Mississippi Community College who dedicated months of their lives in Scooba and trusted us to tell their incredible stories.”
The series quickly grew to prominence with its first season, which focused on EMCC’s recent history of success in its league led by boisterous head coach Buddy Stephens, as well as the school’s reputation for helping many of its players return to the FBS level.
Season 1 infamously ended with a full-out brawl between EMCC and Mississippi Delta Community College from the 2015 season. Season 2 picked up on the fallout from the fight, which led to EMCC playing the first game of the 2016 season without any members of the previous season’s team.
“They begin their first game without every single returning person — and not just players — every coach, trainer, they suspended the team chaplain,” Whiteley told Yahoo Sports in July. “Every single person with the exception of the head coach is suspended for that first game so the only people they can play are brand new freshmen or the handful of dropped down sophomores they had from other schools. It’s chaos.”
The show also gets into the personal history and struggles of some players as they try to achieve their football dreams. Now we’ll hear from a new group in a new setting as the crew follows the Pirates throughout the 2017 season.
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