Following the huge success of the comedy series, “Abbott Elementary” was set to head into its third season this Fall, however, due to the actor’s and writers’ strikes, much like with many other established shows, the new season will not go as according to plan.
The series is a workplace comedy about a group of dedicated, passionate teachers—and a slightly tone-deaf principal—are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.
“Abbott Elementary” has been created and stars Quinta Brunson, who recently spoke with Deadline about returning to the writer’s room recently to start work on the third season. Since the series is set in a school, the previous two seasons have each been set over a school year. However, this won’t be the case for the upcoming third season.
“Our season will still be on the school calendar. [But] last year, we started airing in September, when school started. We’re not doing that this year. It’s not like coming back to a family show where you can pop in on that family on any sitcom-y thing. It’s really like, what’s going on in the school?”
Due to the strikes, the third season is going to have fewer episodes than the last one, which ran for 22 episodes, though that has been a blessing for Quinta, who said:
“We did 22 last season, and that’s a lot of TV, in particular for me because I’m writing and producing and starring in it. So for me, I welcomed a shorter season because it was tiring, exhausting work. Love it, but exhausting for me.”
Originally, the season three writers’ room was going to be opening up on May 1st, ahead of filming starting, however, with the writer’s strike starting the next day, that was unfortunate timing. But now the writing team is now underway, preparing scripts for when the actor’s strike is over, however, with the studios walking away from negotiations this week, the strike looks like it’s going to be continuing much longer than expected. Unfortunately, it’s unknown when we might get to see the third season of “Abbott Elementary” on our screens, but at least some work is now underway on it.
“Abbott Elementary” also stars Janine Teagues, Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Janelle James as Ava Coleman, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard. Quinta Brunson serves as writer and executive producer alongside Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker of Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions. Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television produce the series and share the show on Hulu and Max in the United States.
You can watch the first two seasons of “Abbott Elementary” internationally in Latin America, you’ll find the show on Star+ and everywhere else, including Canada, Australia and the UK, it’s available on Disney+.
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