Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary centered around writer and comedian Quinta Brunson who plays grade school teacher Janine Teaques, and a dedicated staff who are passionate about educating their students in one of the worst schools in Philadelphia.
The ABC hit series, Abbot Elementary, is gearing up for its second season!
The sit-com starring Quinta Brunson, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Tyler James Williams became an instant fan favorite after its December 2021 premiere made history as the first ABC comedy to quadruple ratings after 35 days of multi-platform viewing. The stellar ratings have tied this freshmen pilot with CBS’ Ghost for the highest-rated freshmen sit-com covering the 18-49 demographic.
ABC announced the anticipated news on Monday via a letter from the witty Principal Ava Coleman, played by comedian Janelle James.
“Faculty and Students (aka My Fans),” the note began. “The camera crew I hired to showcase all that I’ve made happen at our beautiful school thinks I’m a star. I mean are we surprised? No, we’re not :)”
“With that said, it is with great pleasure that I share they’ll be returning for the 2022-2023 school year!” the letter continued. “That’s right – Abbott Elementary Season Two is coming to a screen near you.”
“Despite my being a natural in front of the camera, these things don’t come for free, and my staff is having trouble seeing all of my unleashed potential! Something about needing supplies? Anywho, I could use your help getting them (Janine) off my back,” Principal Coleman wrote, adding a link for DonorsChoose, an organization that assists with supplying teachers with classroom essentials and technology.
Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary centered around writer and comedian Quinta Brunson who plays grade school teacher Janine Teaques, along with a dedicated staff who are passionate about educating their students in one of the worst schools in Philadelphia.
Brunson, the 32-year-old Philadelphian native, is the creator and executive producer of Abbott Elementary, was inspired by her own mother, a Philadelphian school system educator.
“The kind of moment of exact inspiration was going to visit my mom a few years back when she was about to retire. I just went back home to Philly and was in her classroom with her. She was staying at school late for a parent-teacher conference, and in order to spend more time with her, I went to her school and decided to be with her there,” Brunson said to Harper’s Bazaar. “I went to the same school she taught at when I was younger—I was in her kindergarten class—so it wasn’t that foreign, but it had been a while since I had been in a room with her because I’d moved to Los Angeles.”
The single-camera comedy notably pays homage to Brunson’s hometown, incorporating many West Philly references. From Boyz ll Men songs, the reputable lunch spots, Abbott Elementary aims to capture the essence of its muse.
Abbott Elementary returns to ABC March 22 with all new episodes.