Abbott Elementary left a number of characters at a crossroads forward of season 3 — and behind the scenes obstacles have since created extra challenges for the present.
The season 2 finale, which aired in April 2023, centered on Janine (Quinta Brunson) and Gregory (Tyler James Williams) lastly addressing their emotions for one another. Whereas followers hoped to see them formally get collectively, the duo as a substitute selected to stay mates after Janine admitted she wanted time to prioritize herself as a substitute of her relationship life.
The shocking choice left viewers on the sting of their seats ready for the subsequent chapter of the story. That very same month, coshowrunner Justin Halpern hinted at the concept the writers room mapped out for season 3.
“The second season ended up speaking about constitution faculties and the push and pull of these, and the primary season was form of in regards to the challenges of being woefully underfunded,” Halpern informed Decider. “And so I feel now we have an concept, we’ve talked with Quinta, and I feel there’s a bigger overarching concept that we’ve form of landed on for season 3 that I feel is de facto attention-grabbing and I’ve by no means seen it on TV earlier than.”
One month later, the WGA initiated a strike after failing to achieve an settlement in its contract negotiations with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers (AMPTP). SAG-AFTRA joined writers on the picket line in July 2023 after their very own labor dispute with the AMPTP reached a standstill.
The WGA and AMPTP subsequently reached an settlement in September on a three-year contract. Whereas season 3 manufacturing resumed within the Abbott Elementary writers room, the actors’ union have but to agree on a brand new deal and negotiations stalled in October 2023.
Scroll down for all the pieces to find out about season 3 of Abbott Elementary — together with how the twin strikes affected the episodes:
Has ‘Abbott Elementary’ Been Renewed for Season 3?
ABC renewed Abbott Elementary for a 3rd season in January 2023. Manufacturing and writing was initially anticipated to begin 4 months later however the WGA strike — and the following SAG strike — put plans on maintain.
Who Is Returning for Season 3?
Brunson, who serves because the creator and star of Abbott Elementary, is about to return alongside Williams, Janelle James, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walters and William Stanford Davis. Visitor stars have but to be introduced however the earlier seasons launched Janine’s sister Ayesha (Ayo Edebiri), Janine’s mom Venetta (Taraji P. Henson), Jacob’s boyfriend Zach (Larry Owens) and Melissa’s sister Kristin Marie (Lauren Weedman)
When Would ‘Abbott Elementary’ Return With New Episodes?
In October 2023, Brunson confirmed to Deadline that the AMPTP’s delayed response to the WGA’s request for truthful pay performed a job in a smaller episode rely.
“How can we justify dropping half a season, half a yr? Our season will nonetheless be on the college calendar. [But] final yr, we began airing in September, when college began. We’re not doing that this yr,” she defined. “It’s not like coming again to a household present the place you may pop in on that household on any sitcom-y factor. It’s actually like, what’s occurring within the college?”
Brunson added: “We did 22 final season, and that’s numerous TV, particularly for me as a result of I’m writing and producing and starring in it. So for me, I welcomed a shorter season as a result of it was tiring, exhausting work.”
The place Did the Story Go away Off — and Will There Be a Time Bounce?
Season 2 ended with Janine making ready for her summer season break after selecting to not pursue a relationship with Gregory. The timeline, nonetheless, will seemingly change because the present received’t have the ability to return in September 2023 as deliberate, which might now not make it the start of the college yr.
What Is the Imaginative and prescient for Season 3?
“[We are] speaking about [the plan for season 3]. It helps us begin to put collectively episodes. So we speak about our arc, discuss in regards to the tales we wish to inform, the particular, distinctive, humorous tales that may fall inside that arc,” Brunson teased to Deadline. “That felt inspiring… to construct one thing that was each grounded, and for this premiere, splashy sufficient to convey folks again on the similar time.”
The place Is Janine’s Story Heading?
Earlier than manufacturing on season 3 was delayed, Brunson shared her authentic hopes for Janine.
“Particularly Janine, on the finish of this type of progress path we’ve had for her this season, I needed her to have the ability to decide that she felt was finest for herself after studying new details about herself,” the screenwriter informed TV Line in July 2022. “It’s extra about maturity. She’s maturing; he’s maturing. We needed that mature path to proceed for them each as people. I sort of need the characters to have the ability to develop slightly bit extra as people, so we will see the place they land.”
Will ‘Abbott Elementary’ Proceed to Give attention to Janine and Gregory’s Love Story?
“Our present isn’t about relationship. It’s about this college, it’s in regards to the youngsters, and so forth,” Brunson shared with TV Line. “So Janine and Gregory should not the No. 1 storyline of Abbott. It’s the college and the youngsters. So it feels good to sort of have them be a large number within the background, as a result of it’s fairly often how relationship goes.”