ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary is officially returning for another season, and if the poster for season 2 is any indication, this school year promises to be just as delightful as the last.
In March, the network announced the news in the form of a memo from Principal Ava Coleman (played by fan favorite Janelle James) to faculty and students, “aka my fans,” she writes. “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 :),” she added. “With that said, it is with great pleasure that I share they'll be returning for the 2022-2023 school year! That's right - Abbott Elementary season two is coming to a screen near you.”
The renewal comes as no surprise given Abbott's immense critical and commercial success. After it debuted on ABC in December, its ratings quadrupled—a first for the network—mostly thanks to viewership on streaming platforms such as Hulu. And anyone on Twitter has probably noticed the show trending after new episodes air on Tuesdays.
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Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, the mockumentary-style workplace sitcom follows a group of teachers, their outrageous principal, and the hilarious and adorable kids they teach at an underfunded elementary school in Philadelphia. In addition to Brunson and James, Tyler James Williams, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter, and Sheryl Lee Ralph round out the main cast.
In addition to the season 2 announcement, ABC also shouted out DonorsChoose.org, where people can share donations to public school classrooms in need across the country. (Ava, however, would prefer $100 spa gift cards for her personal use.)
Here’s what else we know.
When does season 2 premiere?
Arriving in time for back-to-school season, Abbott Elementary returns on Wednesday, September 21, airing from 9:00-9:31 p.m. ET. on ABC. Those partial to streaming can watch on Hulu the day after each episode’s broadcast.
Who’s in the cast?
The full cast is expected to return, including Brunson as Janine, James as Principal Ava, Tyler James Williams as Gregory, Chris Perfetti as Jacob, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara, and William Stanford Davis as Mr. Johnson.
What will season 2 be about?
While specifics are still under wraps, the cast has shared with ELLE.com their hopes for where the story could go next. (Maybe they'll avoid hot air balloons this time around.)
Brunson wants to take more field trips, literally and figuratively, outside of the Abbott Elementary halls; Ralph wants Barbara to start a choir in the vein of Sister Act 2; Walter wants the crew to travel to a teaching convention, except “they can’t afford an expensive one, so it’s, like, Atlantic City.” Williams hopes for more will-they, won't-they romance from Gregory and Janine: “[Gregory’s] got to grow a lot before he’s ready for a relationship, period, let alone with Janine. However, we can see, from the outside point of view, how if they do the work, they could really have something special.”
How many seasons will there be?
For now, we can bank on having at least two. But Brunson has a plan for as many as nine seasons.
“When I was [first] thinking about Abbott, I thought about a season one and then I thought about a season nine,” she told ELLE.com. “Not that I’m saying it would make it to a season nine because that’s a long way away—I don’t even know if people want [the show] to go to a season nine—but I was like, Where would I like these characters to end up? And I think that, if you know the end of the story, you can do everything you need to do in between to keep it from getting there too soon but still be building up to that.”
This story has been updated.
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she's listening to Lorde right now.