Taraji P. Henson to guest star on ‘Abbott Elementary’

Taraji P. Henson joins the cast of another hit series!

The actress needs no introduction after stealing our hearts with her sassy portrayal of Cookie Lyon on Fox’s drama series ‘Empire’. The 52-year-old is now bringing her award-winning skills to the sitcom Abbott Elementary.

The Mockumentary show follows a group of teachers at a Philadelphia public school, where they go through various trials while educating the children. To find out more about the ‘Hidden Figures’ star’s role in this comedy series, read on to find out more!

Taraji P. Henson is Abbott Elementary’s newest guest star

As you shared Species, series protagonist Janine Teagues’ mother (played by Quinta Brunson) will be played by Henson, and fans of “Abbott Elementary” will finally get the face they’ve been waiting for.

Taraji p.  Henson at Critics Choice's 5th Annual Black Cinema and Television Celebration - Arrivals

Hollywood sensation Vanetta’s on-screen personality is set to guest star in the second season of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series. Her role was announced at the Paley Center for Media’s annual PaleyFest LA over the weekend.

“Abbott Elementary” stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Tyler James Wiliams and William Stanford Davis were in attendance. Janelle James and Chris Perfetti joined the event via Zoom, but the Washington native surpassed their presence.

According to the news outlet, the Golden Globe winner’s character will appear in the episode titled “Mother.” The plot follows Janine’s solo travel plans on Memorial Day, which are derailed by the unexpected presence of her mother. Vanetta appears in her daughter’s life and pleads for help, a twist that promises to leave fans gasping for air.

The episode “Abbott Elementary” premieres on April 12 at 9 p.m. and is the 21st episode of the second season. As the show continues to delve into the backstories of its beloved characters, Henson joins the series’ growing list of guest stars. Before her appearance, Ayo Edibiri played Ayesha, Janine’s younger sister.

While these performers pulled off their roles with ease, the crowd favorite was Henson. After the show announced the Washington native’s role Twitter, fans flooded the comments with excitement.

The post captured Henson posing with Brunson, her on-screen daughter, on the show’s elementary school set. The pair flashed bright smiles for the camera and confirmed the news by flaunting their similarities. The congratulations were started by the celebrated actress Yvette Nicole Brown. The star of “Community” has fallen three red heart emojis next to the adorable phrase “Yasssssssss! She looks like sisters but YASSSSSSSS!!!”

Taraji P. Henson joins Abbott-Elementary

The news broke Thomas Sanders’ dictionary as the internet personality was at a loss for words to express himself as he whispered, “Omgggggfdkxixusjdjxhcj.” Hulu wrote similar sentiments, “dreams come true.”

One fan showed off his wordplay skills brilliantly to BET’s award-winning casting and wrote, “I’m going crazy for Taraji… April or not.” One skeptical fan tweeted: “I’ll believe it, but since it’s April Fools’ Day, I’m careful” Another concerned person tweeted, “No way. Report back in the morning so we know you don’t want to scam us on April 1st.”

The Beloved Sitcom has been renewed for a third season

Earlier this year, The Blast reported that “Abbott Elementary” fans can rejoice as their favorite mockumentary is slated for a third season. The fantastic news comes after the series dominated the Golden Globes with multiple nominations and wins.

The show received the award for best comedy series, and its cast received recognition for their work. Tyler James Williams also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Comedy or Drama.

The host’s win came on the heels of Brunson’s 2022 Emmy nomination. The sitcom star took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, wowing the audience with her acceptance speech from jazz singer Dianne Reeves’ 1993 song “Endangered Species.

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY - ABC "Abbott Elementary" Tyler James Williams as Gregory, Janelle James as Ava, Quinta Brunson as Janine, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara, Chris Perfetti as Jacob and Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa.

The actress also added the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series to her list of achievements. Given the show’s success with its lovable cast, it was no surprise that ABC decided to renew the sitcom for a third season.

Regarding the renewal, Warner Brothers Television Group CEO Justin Halpern gushed about the spoof’s potential. According to the businessman, “Abbott Elementary” was the gift that kept on giving.

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