Quinta Brunson to play Philly Public School teacher in new ABC comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’
A fictional public school in Philadelphia will serve as the setting for a new ABC comedy series starting next month, with actress Quinta Brunson in the lead role.
“Abbott Elementary” is a workplace comedy that tells the story of teachers and staff at Willard R. Abbott School in Philadelphia who seek to educate their students while meeting the daily challenges of working in an underfunded district.
The show’s main character, second-grade teacher Janine Teagues, is played by Brunson, from West Philly. The cast also includes Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph, wife of Philly State Senator Vincent Hughes.
A new trailer for the series released last week shows that it could be very similar to other workplace comedies, like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” It’s also clear that the show will include plenty of cultural references to Philadelphia.
The teaser features a scene in which Brunson’s character points to a whiteboard and teaches his students how to say words like “cheesesteak”, “hoagie” and “jawn”. Ralph’s character Barbara Howard walks by the classroom as this lesson takes place and walks in to tell Teagues to stop.
“It’s a classroom. Not a hoagie stand,” Ralph’s character says.
“Abbott Elementary” was created and written by Brunson, 31, who said it was loosely based on her mother’s 40-year teaching career in the Philadelphia School District.
“It’s a fun show,” Brunson told guest host Wanda Sykes on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last July. “It’s a simple comedy, and that’s what excites me too. We’re dealing with ordinary people and their work situations that they love, which might not be the best situations for us. . But people do the job of teaching, because they want to do it, because they can do it, because they are good. ”
Filming for the series’ 13-episode first season wrapped up Friday, Brunson said. “Abbott Elementary” airs December 7 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC and airs regularly at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday starting January 4. The episodes will be available to stream the next day on Hulu.
Yesterday we wrapped up the first season of Abbott Elementary. I don’t have a lot of words. I’m feeling lucky. I think this show, in the best possible way, is the best I can do. The best thing I can give birth to. I just have to thank the whole Abbott, wb and abc team. We did it. pic.twitter.com/TXP2nSGLGf
– quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) November 6, 2021
Brunson rose to fame after his online videos went viral and turned his Quinta B. character into a meme. The comedian went on to help create viral videos for BuzzFeed and the “Quinta vs. Everything” web series for Facebook.
The former Temple University student also starred in HBO’s “The Black Lady Sketch Show” and lent her voice to Netflix’s adult animated comedy series “Big Mouth”.
Brunson published his first book earlier this year, titled “She Memes Well,” which contains a collection of personal essays on his rise to comedic stardom.