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What to Watch on Wednesday: Taye Diggs’ ‘All American’ drama debuts on The CW

Taye Diggs, left, as Billy Baker and Daniel Ezra as Spencer James in “All-American” on The CW.
Taye Diggs, left, as Billy Baker and Daniel Ezra as Spencer James in “All-American” on The CW. The CW

The new fall season started last week. We’ll try to get all of the new show premieres and season premieres in What to Watch over the coming weeks. Check out our full 2018 Fall TV Preview.

All American (8 p.m., The CW) - This new teen football drama is inspired by the real-life story of linebacker Spencer Paysinger. In “All American,” Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) is a star football player at his South Central Los Angeles high school, but when he’s pressured by his mother to accept the recruiting invitation of the coach at a better, safer school in Beverly Hills, Spencer must make huge adjustments. Taye Diggs plays the Beverly High coach. It tackles topics of class, race, violence and even sexuality, and there’s a twist at the end of the pilot that will bring you back for more.

Also on tonight . . .

Riverdale (8 p.m., The CW) - In the Season 3 premiere, Archie makes a surprise request for how he wants to spend his final days of summer.

Empire (8 p.m., Fox) - Cookie and Lucious push to get back in the music game, and Andre finds a risky way to make a name for himself among his fellow inmates.

Single Parents (9:30 p.m., ABC) - Poppy encourages Douglas and the twins to stop repressing their feelings after their guinea pig dies.

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