Quinta Brunson’s beloved comedy triumphed at last night’s Golden Globes with great timing.
Everything comes out “Abbott”. “Abbott Elementary” has been renewed for a third season, just one day after the ABC series was cleaned up at the Golden Globes, the network announced at the Television Critics Association winter press conference on Wednesday.
The sitcom, created by and starring Quinta Brunson, has proven to be the rare word-of-mouth TV show since its December 2021 debut. In its second season, “Abbott Elementary” is ABC’s number one series. This is also critical, dear.
At the 2022 Emmys, Brunson won for Comedy Series and Sheryl Lee Ralph won for Outstanding Supporting Actress; “Abbott” received seven nominations that night. And on Tuesday night, the show won three Golden Globes, more than any other series, with Brunson taking home best actress in a comedy series, Tyler James Williams winning best supporting actor in a TV series and the series taking home the best overall award. Comedy series.
IndieWire was embedded in the press room at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night. There, Brunson talked about having the whole cast ready to take on the big one. “We all got to get on that stage, it’s priceless,” he said. “This whole production is important. The work I do on the show is nothing without the work the people do on this stage.”
As for why the show caught on, Brunson said it serves as a touchstone for multiple generations: Adults love it and kids can watch and relate to the students on the show.
Williams, when asked about the show’s success as a broadcast sitcom, told reporters at the Golden Globes that she loves network TV, “and that many episodes matter because it’s harder to do. I think the industry is in a good place to do more episodes. (it) gives something to lock the audience into, tells certain stories better and in a different medium. I don’t want “Abbott” to be the star, the outlier.
Brunson stars in “Abbott Elementary” as Janine Teagues, a young teacher who, as the title suggests, works at the underfunded public school in Philadelphia. Williams plays Gregory, Janine’s colleague who has a crush on her; Ralph plays Barbara, an experienced preschool teacher and Janine’s mentor. The cast also includes Lisa Ann Walter and Chris Perfetti as the other teachers, the outgoing Janelle James as the irresponsible principal, Ava, and William Stanford Davis as the eccentric custodian Mr. Johnson. Brunson is executive producing alongside Randall Einhorn, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
New episodes of “Abbott Elementary” air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. On tonight’s episode, “The Struggle,” Janine struggles to overcome a fight between two of her students, while Melissa and Ava team up to take on Mr. Johnson in fantasy football.
Additional reporting by Brian Welk.
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