It didn’t take long for ABC’s latest comedy to work its way into the hearts of America and become an instant award magnet. Abbott Elementary Schoolwhich follows the work and lives of Philadelphia public school teachers, quickly garnered accolades for its relatable characters and quirky humor.
Creator, writer and star of the show Quinta Brunson has high standards when it comes to comedy. She is aware of its longevity potential. So she’s not sweating that the show didn’t pick up a major Emmy award in its debut season. In fact, given his viewership and other accolades, Brunson sees his underdog status as an advantage for season two.
“Abbott Elementary” was nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards
Abbott Elementary School was a midseason release for ABC and became an overnight sensation. The first eight episodes each drew an average of 8 million viewers per variety. The 13-episode Season 1 also received critical acclaim, with a 98% fresh score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. (The viewer rating is almost as high at 90%.)
According to IMDb, the show was nominated for a total of 29 awards for its first season. Among them are seven nominations for the Primetime Emmy. The show and its cast won three of these, including Brunson’s win for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy for its pilot episode. She was also nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for portraying second grade teacher Janine Teagues. However, she lost out to Jean Smart Chop.
Perhaps the highlight of the entire Emmys show was Sheryl Lee Ralph’s acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. The actress, who plays veteran kindergarten teacher Barbara Johnson, belted out the lyrics to Endangered Species before continuing the rest of her rousing speech.
Brunson doesn’t want fans to immediately expect “prestige” from the show
Probably the greatest award dept In the race for the Emmys this year was a standout comedy series. Getting a nod in his debut season is quite an achievement. But the show ultimately lost to Apple TV Teddy Lassowho has won for the second time in a row.
Despite the loss, Brunson said she was actually very happy with that result. “There’s this grace that comes with a show when it hasn’t won yet,” she told Variety in an interview immediately after the Emmy celebrations. “A nation stands up for it. It’s the outsider. It was so exciting that the first season was so well received by fans and critically acclaimed. But I want us to keep growing.”
There’s a lot of Brunson and the dept team figured it out. But she also wants to give the actors room to breathe a little and continue to melt into their roles. “I’m not sure I wanted audiences to expect prestige,” she said. “I want us to have fun and become a clumsy toddler.”
Brunson promises broader and deeper character development in Season 2
Season 2 will have 22 episodes, allowing Brunson and the rest of the cast to get into the rhythm of their characters. Brunson promises deeper character development and immersion in her personal life outside of the classroom. However, she wants to keep Abbott center stage as a driving force for the show, almost as a character himself.
“It feels like I’m adding another layer to these rich characters that I love so much,” she said. “But I don’t want to be out of school that much. I want to stay in those hallways so people feel at home when they’re watching.”
Brunson teased additional storylines for the beloved characters. This includes Janine and her budding love interest, fellow teacher Gregory Eddie (Tyler James Williams). We’re also hoping for more perfect side glances from Barbara and ridiculous antics that demonstrate director Ava Coleman’s (Janelle James) slight incompetence. Plus, we’re pretty sure Melissa Schemmenti (Lisa Ann Walter) will “know a guy” who’ll get the teachers out of more than a few jams this season.
Abbott Elementary School will air Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.
TIED TOGETHER: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 2: Showrunner and star Quinta Brunson teases a more ‘relaxed’ sophomore run
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/abbott-elementary-quinta-brunson-relieved-show-didnt-win-emmy-outstanding-comedy-series-season-1.html/ Quinta Brunson is relieved the show didn’t win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for Season 1