Netflix’s Cheer returns for surprise Season 2
James R | On 29, Dec 2021
Netflix’s Cheer is returning for an unexpected second season in the new year.
From the creator of Last Chance U, the docuseries follows the competitive world of college cheerleading. Directed and executive produced by Greg Whiteley, Season 1 followed the cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Led by Monica Aldama, the troupe had won 14 National Championships since 2000 – and they went on to become even more well known, as the series became an Emmy-winning breakout hit.
That success, though, was bittersweet, as the series was simultaneously mired in scandal: Jerry Harris, one of the team members featured in the show, was arrested on multiple federal charges of sexual misconduct, including soliciting child pornography. Cheer was then quietly placed to one side and not talked about.
Now, though, Netflix has confirmed a second chapter is on the way – and, moreover, that it will deal with the allegations against Harris, with an episode reportedly focusing on the brothers who first came forward with allegations about Harris.
Season 2 opens with the buzz around the cheerleaders’ newfound stardom threatening to alter the dynamic of Navarro Cheer, only for the team to find that no amount of press frenzy could compare to the challenges they end up facing when the Covid-19 pandemic spreads.
Against that dramatic backdrop, the 9-episode second season expands to showcase Navarro’s fiercest rival: Trinity Valley Community College. As with the Navarro team, TVCC has a charismatic coach and breakout stars whose struggles, triumphs and stories extend far beyond the mat. As both teams push for the 2021 championship in Daytona, familiar faces take compelling detours and new contenders make a name for themselves. Once again directed by Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U) and produced by One Potato Productions and Boardwalk Pictures, Season 2 premieres on 12th January.
Here’s a trailer:
Cheer is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.
Cheer: Netflix orders cheerleading doc from Last Chance U creator
10th December 2019
Netflix is moving from the football pitch to the sidelines as it orders a new documentary series about cheerleading.
From the creator of Last Chance U, Cheer is a six-episode series about competitive college cheerleaders. Directed and executive produced by Greg Whiteley, it follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Led by Monica Aldama, the troupe has won 14 National Championships since 2000. But you can expect the same focus on the human drama behind the competition that made Last Chance U universally gripping telly, even for non-sports fans.
“Our new series Cheer is as much about cheerleading as Last Chance U is about football,” Whiteley said in a statement. “Which is to say, it has cheerleading in it. A lot of cheerleading. But the most poignant moments are the ones that happen away from practice.”
Over the course of six episodes, the Navarro College cheerleaders will face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to the final at the National Championship.
Cheer is produced by Whiteley’s One Potato Productions, Boardwalk Pictures and Caviar. The
supervising producer is Adam Leibowitz and the producers are Arielle Kilker and Chelsea Yarnell. Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard executive produce for Boardwalk Pictures. Jasper Thomlinson and Bert Hamelinck executive produce for Caviar.
Cheer premieres on Netflix on 8th January 2020.