Two-A-Days was a show on the United States cable television channel MTV. The show chronicled the lives of teens at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of nearby Birmingham. It focused on the members of the school's highly-rated Hoover Buccaneers football team during the football season, while they balanced athletics with school and relationships.
The show premiered on August 23, 2006 at 10:30 P.M. EDT and subsequently was broadcast weekly on Wednesdays at the same time. The show began on MTV Canada on September 7, 2006 at 10 P.M. EDT. Repeat episodes of the show are also shown on CMT, MTV's sister channel, at various times.
In Hoover, the show's premiere episode was shown to the cast, their families and supporters at a local theater; the event was staged as a movie premiere, with the traditional red carpet replaced by a carpet of artificial turf, complete with stripes as would be found on a football field. The second season began on Tuesday, January 30, 2007.
debuted on August 23, 2006 with a 60-minute pilot episode, and continued with eight additional episodes which lasted 30 minutes each. The first season followed the Hoover Buccaneers football team during the 2005 season while they compete for their fourth consecutive state championship and deal with many obstacles along the way. In the pilot episode, the Buccaneers defeated Nease High School
of Florida, a team led by 2007 Heisman Trophy
winner Tim Tebow
Cast of Characters:
- Alex Binder (#34) is a senior and starting linebacker for the Hoover Bucs, and one of the co-captains for the team. Despite being referred to as a safety by MTV and various other sources, Coach Propst announces him as a linebacker and also his letterman jacket has the letters LB on his right sleeve for linebacker. Much of the show centers around his hopes for an athletic scholarship to attend college and his relationship with cheerleader Kristin.
- Kristin Boyle is a senior cheerleader at Hoover, and Alex's girlfriend. They break up at the end of the series.
- Dwarn "Repete" Smith (#91) is a starting defensive end. Repete and his family moved to Hoover because his father wanted him to play for the Bucs, and hopefully earn a scholarship and be the first in the family to go to college.
- Ross Wilson (#14) is a junior and is the starting quarterback, whose older brother, John Parker Wilson, is the quarterback for the University of Alabama.
- Rush Propst is the outspoken and often controversial head coach.
- Max Lerner (#24) is a senior and a starting safety. His stepfather, Jim stays close to the program.
- Jonathan C. "Goose" Dunham (#90) is a senior and starting defensive lineman. He is also a close friend of Kristin.
- Cornelius Williams (#1) is the top wide receiver on the team. He briefly plays quarterback when Ross gets injured midway through the season.
- Other coaches:
- Jeremy Pruitt: Defensive coordinator and good friends with Jim, Max's stepfather.
- Terry Slay : Team chaplain and youth pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church, located near the school campus; the church is the largest in Hoover and metro Birmingham, and one of the largest in the state.
- Other students:
- Danielle, a freshman cheerleader who dates Alex at the end of Season 1.
- Blair, a senior cheerleader and one of Kristin's best friends.
- Taylor, a senior and ex-football player who throws frequent parties.
- Keagan, a senior who gets involved in the drama between Alex and Kristin.
- Anna, Max's girlfriend, a Hoover graduate and a freshman at Auburn University.
- Elliot Mayson, Ross's girlfriend who is a sophomore cheerleader. They have been dating for roughly a year.
The show generated controversy in Hoover, beginning when the show's producers first approached Hoover City Schools officials for permission to use the school for their production. Critics predicted that students would be exploited and the school and its football program would be misrepresented.
In particular, two individuals were criticized for the way they were shown in the show. Head Coach Rush Propst was criticized by local news media and commentators for his use of language considered objectionable by some; he later apologized on several occasions, including local radio interviews. Team chaplain Terry Slay was also criticized for his pre-game inspirational messages, which appeared to be more in the line of a coach's pep talk instead of focusing on religious themes; supporters claim Slay was a victim of selective editing by MTV. Some felt his messages brought in religious promotion and/or endorsement to a public school.
Life after Season 1
- Alex Binder accepted a partial scholarship to Bevill State Community College, despite missing his senior season of baseball due to shoulder surgery. Alex was arrested on July 25, 2006 for breaking and entering a motor vehicle. He was sent to disciplinary boot camp and was released in the summer of 2007. He was married on June 27, 2008. He and his wife have one child, a daughter. He works in sales at Benchmark Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Birmingham, AL.
- Kristin Boyle is currently attending the University of Alabama, and is still friends with Alex.
- Max Lerner accepted a scholarship from Division I Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
- Ross Wilson returned for his senior season at Hoover to be the starting quarterback. He announced his intention to play college baseball for the University of Alabama.
- Dwarn "Repete" Smith walked on at Auburn University during the 2006 season after turning down several scholarships from Division II and Division III schools. He eventually quit the team, but announced his intention to walk on again for the 2007 season. He was not listed on the 2007 Auburn University football roster.
- Cornelius Williams accepted an offer to play at Troy University.
- Jonathan C. "Goose" Dunham is currently attending the University of Alabama where he is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is not playing football.
On September 27, 2006, Hoover City Schools and MTV announced plans for a second season of "Two-A-Days," that would air on January 30th at 10:30p (ET/PT).
MTV sent out a film crew to Hoover to begin filming, starting with the Bucs' Week 6 game against John Curtis Christian High School
of River Ridge, Louisiana
. Then sixth-ranked John Curtis rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to defeat top-ranked Hoover 28-14, led by high school All-American Joe McKnight
. The game was nationally televised on ESPNU
. Filming continued through the 2006 playoffs, which ended when Hoover lost 35-21 to Prattville High School
in the Class 6A championship game, ending a streak of four straight state titles.
The 2007 senior football class, the focus of the second season of the show, was considered by some recruiters to be superior to the 2006 class portrayed in the series' first season, with wide receiver Brandon Clear, guard Patrick Crump, center Ryan Pugh, defensive end Byron Clear, and defensive tackle Josh Chapman all considered legitimate Division I prospects. Defensive Tackle Kerry Murphy had already announced his intention to attend the University of Alabama, making that announcement shortly after Nick Saban was named the Crimson Tide's new head coach. (Murphy later became a part of an investigation into possible changing of grades by Hoover High faculty, centering on Propst.)
The second season of Two-A-Days premiered January 30, 2007.
Cast of Characters:
- Ross Wilson (#14) is a senior and returned as the starting quarterback.
- Elliot Mayson is Ross's girlfriend and a varsity cheerleader. She is a junior.
- Brandon Clear (#18) is a senior and a wide receiver, whose family moved to Hoover from Virginia so he could play for the Bucs.
- Byron Clear (#9) is a senior who plays defensive end. He is also Brandon's twin brother.
- Michael DeJohn (#45) is a senior and a middle linebacker who is dating a girl named Jamie.
- Charlie Zorn (#6) is a senior and a wide receiver.
- Kristen Padalino is a peer adviser at Hoover and Charlie's off and on girlfriend.
- Mark McCarthy (#52) is a senior and plays both defensive lineman and defensive end.
- Brittany Benton is a senior and captain of the cheerleading team at Hoover. Despite a short lived break-up, she is still dating Mark.
Life after Season 2
- Ross Wilson went on to play baseball for Alabama. He and Elliot are still together. Elliot has since graduated from Hoover and will attend the University of Alabama with Ross.
- Charlie Zorn managed to get into the University of Alabama, despite having poor grades. He and Kristen are no longer together.
- Mark McCarthy is attending the University of Alabama. He turned down scholarships from schools far away to stay close to home and near Brittany.
- Brandon Clear and his twin brother Byron Clear are both attending Clemson University, where they both play for the Clemson football team.
- Michael DeJohn received scholarships from smaller schools to play football, but went to the University of Alabama as a walk-on. He and Jamie are no longer together.
- Rush Propst was the subject of intense pressure after an investigation of charges that grades for some football players were changed to allow them to meet eligibility regulations, and also came under fire for using ineligible players, which resulted in the Alabama High School Athletic Association forcing Hoover to forfeit four games. Propst came under further fire because of allegations of personal indiscretions, including extramarital affairs. On October 30, 2007, Propst resigned from the head coaching position of Hoover High School, while admitting to extramarital affairs. Propst denied having an affair with school administrators and denied having an affair at a school function in Houston, Texas, but he did admit having an affair that resulted in another child. Propst's career officially ended on Friday, November 24, as Hoover lost to arch-rival Vestavia Hills in a state quarterfinal playoff game. In January 2008, Propst accepted the head coaching job at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, GA.
As Hoover High School continued to struggle with controversy over allegations of wrongdoings in its athletic program and in Propst's personal life, Humidity Entertainment declined to exercise its option for a third season. Instead, it announced that a similar program called Varsity Inc.
would be filmed at West Monroe High School
in West Monroe, Louisiana
. The program was to be aired on ESPN2
, and would focus more on the football program and less on the private lives of its players.
Two-A-Days Basketball Edition
In 2007, the producers of Two-A-Days decided to create a basketball spin-off
version of the original series. They chose Ballard High School
in Louisville, KY
as the most desirable location because of the school's strong basketball tradition as well as the state of Kentucky's well-known love of basketball. The crew started filming at the school for a short time until the Jefferson County Public School board rejected MTV's contract on the grounds that it would be a distraction to the school.