Friday, July 21, 2017|1 a.m.
NEW YORK– The East Mississippi Community College Lions are back as the documentary series “Last Possibility U” returns for a 2nd season.
All eight episodes of season two will be offered on Netflix starting Friday.
The very first season of the documentary by director Greg Whiteley chronicled the ups and downs of the junior college football team’s 2015 season and turned out to be hit that reached well beyond hardcore sports fans and drew people to Scooba, Mississippi.
“When we were filming season 2, each week there was someone showing up, and often they were from overseas,” director Greg Whiteley said in a phone interview with the AP on Thursday. “I keep in mind there was this one couple from Scotland. They were on their honeymoon. There was another couple that came from Australia. These are individuals, they have Netflix accounts overseas, they viewed the series and enjoyed it. Didn’t understand anything about Football. Didn’t care anything about Football, but just wished to concern Scooba, Mississippi, and satisfy a few of these individuals they fell for.”
Junior college football groups are normally equipped with players talented enough to be playing in Division I, but since of concerns far from the field– sometimes academics, in some cases behavior problems or legal issues– they end up in villages intending to redeem themselves. Rosters turnover considerably from year to year so there are lots of new faces at “Last Opportunity U” in season 2.
Two of the greatest stars from the series are back.
Brittany Wagner returns as the pencil-pushing, strong-willed scholastic adviser who frequently stole the program, though 2016 turns out to be her last season with EMCC. Wagner left the school earlier this year to take a marketing task in Birmingham, Alabama, and then began her own academic consulting firm called 10 Thousand Pencils.
Blustery coach Buddy Stephens is back and hoping for some redemption of his own, Whiteley stated.
“He truly felt as however, I didn’t like what I saw in season one and I didn’t like exactly what I saw in me. I need to make some modifications,” Whiteley said about Stephens’ receptiveness to another season of being followed by cams.
Whiteley and his crew need lots of unfettered gain access to and time. He said East Mississippi was as soon as again pleased to accommodate.
“Pal understands the rate of poker,” said Whiteley, who has actually done documentaries on the punk band New York Dolls, previous governmental candidate Mitt Romney and the education system in the United States. “We make it a stipulation wherever we go that we get access to the locker space to the group meeting to the coaches’ conference. We’re permitted to film all that. Pal was more than going to agree to those terms both in season one and season 2 and I suspect if we ever wish to return there, he ‘d be open to it.”
Whiteley said he did not enter into the project believing it would produce more than one season, however the stories were merely too rich to let go.
“The season ended with a battle therefore we knew they were going to need to start the next season with one arm connected behind their back in the first game. We believed that would be intriguing,” Whiteley said. “We likewise felt Buddy may be on a bit of a hot seat. For a coach that has experience as much success as he’s experienced to have the season end the method it did, we wondered to see how would he react to that? Exactly what would his story arc be?”
The Lions likewise had a new beginning quarterback last season, with a well-told back story that was only touched on in season one.
De’Andre Johnson was a high profile hire at Florida State who was dismissed from the group after video revealed that he struck a lady in a bar. He remained 2015 in Scooba, however played well in 2016. He then signed with coach Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic, where he will compete for a starting job this season.
“We wanted to aim to fit him into season one and there simply wasn’t space,” Whiteley said. “The concept that he was going to be starting now in season two it gave us a reason to tell that story and we were excited to inform that story.”