Netflix's 'Last Chance U' Announces Final Season and Basketball Spin-Off

Mahlik Campbell

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The Netflix docuseries Last Chance U will be pivoting to basketball after its upcoming final football season. 🏆

Netflix revealed that the fifth season of the junior college football-focused Last Chance U docuseries will be the final one on the gridiron as it prepares a spin-off centered on basketball.

While the first four seasons took place in the south at East Mississippi Community College and Independence Community College in Kansas, the newest episode, premiering on July 28, will explore the West Coast for the first time, documenting the Laney College Eagles in Oakland.

Coached by John Beam, who's been with Laney for 16 total seasons, the Eagles look to defend their 2018 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championship after going 11-2.

During his nearly 40-year coaching career, Beam has coached over 100 players who later played Division I football in the NCAA, as well as more than 20 NFL stars, including Super Bowl-winning running back C.J. Anderson and Pro Bowl tackle Marvel Smith.

"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," said executive producer and director Greg Whiteley. "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."

Head coach John Beam celebrating the 2018 CCCAA championship. Image via Laney College Athletics.

As for the opening season of Last Chance U: Basketball, set to air in 2021, it will capture the outstanding 2019-20 campaign of the East Los Angeles College Huskies.