EXCLUSIVE: Abbott Elementary School was a breakthrough for ABC, attracting strong ratings and critical acclaim, and it recently made Emmys history. The school comedy Created, Produced by Quinta Brunson and Starring Quinta Brunson continues to make waves by scoring a rare 22-episode, full-season order for Season 2, Deadline has leaned on. Brunson hinted at the feat during Abbott Elementary School‘s Comic-Con panel on Thursday.
Single-Camera Workplace Comedy Abbott Elementary School debuted as a mid-season replacement in January (after a preview in December) with a 13-episode Season 1 order. It received an early Season 2 renewal in March. Under broadcast trade rules, mid-season entries get a 13-episode order of Season 2, and if they come back strong in the fall, they get a backorder to bring their second run to 22 episodes of the full season. (In recent years, anything over 16-18 episodes is considered a full season order.)
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ABC has finalized the size of Abbott Elementary SchoolSeason 2’s order was 22 episodes in June, though the network’s plan has always been to give the series — ABC’s No. 1 comedy among adults 18-49 last season — a revival. full season, sources said. The decision came ahead of the series’ strong performance at Emmy nominations, where it garnered seven nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series; Lead actress in a comedy series and writing for a comedy series for Brunson; and Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series for Tyler James Williams, Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph. With her three nominations (Comedy Series, Writer, and Lead Actress), Brunson set a new single-year record for a black woman in the comedy Emmy categories.
During the Abbott Elementary School A Comic-Con panel, which the cast and executive producers attended remotely, Brunson was asked about the upcoming second season.
“We spent a lot of the first season showing what this show is capable of. … Now we can have fun,” she said. “We did all the building, and now we have some of these fun bottle episodes.”
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Added fellow executive producer Patrick Schumacker, “and more episodes.”
“Can we say that? asks Brunson.
Schumacker shrugged, prompting Brunson to confirm: “OK, there you go. We have more episodes this season than in the first.
She wouldn’t reveal much about Season 2, but teased an appearance in the season premiere which they said the producers were excited about.
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Season 2 of Abbott Elementary School premieres Sept. 21 in the new, high-profile Wednesday slot at 9 p.m.
Below is the behind-the-scenes video the stars of the show shared during the panel. They shot it when they got back to work for Season 2 specifically for Comic-Con.
In season 1, Abbott Elementary School was ABC’s highest-rated new comedy in two years among adults 18-49, and after 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms, it was the network’s No. 1 comedy and No. 2 overall (2.66 rating), behind only Grey’s Anatomy.