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Abbott Elementary boss explains why Quinta has to turn away so many guests

Abbott Elementary School returns to ABC for its highly anticipated Season 2, and two of its executive producers have teased what to expect from the new setup.

The sitcom, which follows the lives of elementary school teachers at a West Philadelphia public school, was created by writer/actress Quinta Brunson and is produced by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, the creators of the harley quinn animated series.

Season 1 of Abbott Elementary School—filmed in a mockumentary style – was hugely popular with viewers. Recently, the series won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Brunson and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for fellow actor Sheryl Lee Ralph.

talk to Pleasemynews before the new episodes, Abbott Elementary School‘s Halpern and Schumacker previewed what’s to come on the show’s second season and revealed what Brunson really looks like behind the scenes.

Despite the series’ huge success, Halpern and Schumacker said they felt no pressure returning to film the second season.

“I felt like the show got the hang of it very early on in season one, probably from the pilot, so I felt like we were just doing more of what people love,” Halpern said. Newsweek, adding, “I didn’t feel like the work on the characters was done. I didn’t feel like, ‘Ah, fuck, how are we going to figure out how well what we’ve done during of the first season?’ It was just like, ‘How are we going to build on what we [already] did?'”

Outlining what fans can expect from this new chapter, Schumacker revealed that they will see a lot more of the characters’ home lives.

He said: “Our mantra is that Season 1 was all about school and we’re going to refrain from building the outer lives of these characters, outside of work. But in Season 2 we’ll start to see what their personal lives are like, who their families are [and] their friends outside the walls of Abbott.”

Halpern and Schumacker have been keeping tabs on some of the guest stars who will appear in the new episodes. But they warned that fans might not see any “Hollywood” actors joining the cast anytime soon due to the show’s documentary style.

Schumacker said: “I think with this show – and that’s coming from Quinta because she wants to keep the show as grounded in reality as possible – so if let’s say a recognizable celebrity were to play herself, she should be grounded in reality. Why is this person in West Philly, you know?

“So that kind of…I use the word ‘limit’, but it’s not in a negative way because ultimately what we’re aiming for is [to be] as close as possible to absolute reality.”

That doesn’t mean many actors haven’t volunteered, though, as Halpern and Schumacker revealed that Brunson had to turn down some famous faces who wanted to be on the show.

“The pool we can draw from – believe me, Quinta has had many offers, unsolicited offers – from celebrities desperate to be on the show. And it’s so flattering and wonderful that they love the show and want to be part of it, but she’s gotten really good with graceful passes,” Schumacker said.

A star whose appearance has been confirmed is hamilton Actor Leslie Odom Jr. He will play a character called Draemond, the owner of a series of charter schools in West Philadelphia who visits Abbott.

The cast of Abbott Elementary, which features Brunson as Janine Teagues and Ralph as Barbara Howard alongside Janelle James, Tyler James Williams and Lisa Ann Walter, will no doubt have welcomed Odom Jr. with open arms – as Halpern and Schumacker confirmed that They’re just as enjoyable behind the scenes as they are on screen.

“I’ve seen other people comment on this phenomenon, but I feel like a win for one cast member becomes that win for all cast members,” Schumacker explained.

“Everyone is really great at selflessly promoting others on this show. I think it’s very, very healthy [environment] overall – I mean obviously the sets are chaotic and there are days when you want to tear your hair out…but I find everyone here creates a very inviting environment in which to work.

“We’ve, in the past, worked on so many shows whose hours have been very toxic and not conducive to a healthy lifestyle, and this show is the opposite. It’s a really friendly environment.”

Halpern attributed this encouraging environment to Brunson, whom he described as “the lowest maintenance person”.

“She treats everyone exactly the same, she treats everyone with respect and kindness,” he said, adding, “When the creator/star of the show is very docile, and works very hard, doesn’t cause any problems and is just positive, it kind of sets the tone for the whole show.”

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