The cheerleaders of Navarro Cheer will soon return for a second season of Netflix’s Cheer as they adjust to newfound stardom, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fallout from child porn charges against breakout series star Jerry Harris.
The streamer unexpectedly dropped a season 2 trailer for the docuseries on Tuesday.
“It’s definitely the hardest season I’ve ever had,” Navarro College cheer coach Monica Aldama says in the trailer. What follows is a newscaster’s voiceover describing Harris’ legal woes.
“One of the show’s breakout stars is facing a 15-year sentence,” the voiceover says.
“I can’t even like process it right now,” Aldama says as she fights back tears.
Harris was arrested in September 2020 on a federal child pornography count, as previously reported. According to the criminal complaint filed against the 22-year-old, he’s accused of soliciting pornographic images and videos from 14-year-old twin brothers on multiple occasions.
A spokesperson for Harris denied the allegations at the time. “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Additional charges were filed in December 2020, and Harris pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts. The charges included four counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of receiving of child pornography, one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor, and one count of enticement.
Harris was a fan favorite when he appeared on season 1 of Cheer.
Now, as his teammates and coaches continue to compete, they face a new contender for the title of cheer college champion — Trinity Valley Community College.
The second season of the series is directed by Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U) and produced by One Potato Productions and Boardwalk Pictures. The season will consist of nine 45-minute episodes.
Cheer season 2 debuts Jan. 12 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.