If it feels like it's been forever and some change since the season 2 finale of Abbott Elementary, that's because it kind of has been. In the months since that final episode we've gone through a writer's strike, and a SAG strike—both of which lasted several months. Then once the strikes were over, we got the joy of seeing Abbott Elementary rack up multiple hardware trophies at the Golden Globes and the Emmy Awards, where the show's creator Quinta Brunson picked up the award for "Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series." Now we're finally back in business with season 3 of Abbott Elementary where we'll get to see Janine Teagues and the gang returning to the small screen for another school year of shenanigans. Ahead of its return, you may be wondering what all there is to know about this upcoming season. We've got you covered. Below is all the current informations we know about Abbott Elementary season 3 from the release date, trailer, and more.
The 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3 Release Date, Trailer and Everything We Know So Far
The countdown to February 7th begins now
When is the 'Abbott Elementary' Season 3 release date?
Season 3 of Abbott Elementary will premiere with a special hour-long premiere episode on February 7 at 9 P.M. EST via ABC.
Does season 3 have a trailer we can check out?
What will season 3 of 'Abbott Elementary' be about?
We already know that there will be endless amounts of wisecracks, teaching conflicts regarding the students, disagreements amongst the faculty, and perhaps some more disagreements between the parents and teachers (which we really saw in-depth in season 2). Other than that, we really don't know too much other than the slight preview Quinta Brunson gave to Deadline in an October 2023 interview when she confirmed to the publication that season 3 will be shorter than season 2 because of the strikes. The vague red carpet answers from the other cast members have given us much of anything either, so we'll just simply have to wait and see.
Who Is Returning for Season 3?
All of the main cast members will be returning for season 3 of Abbott Elementary. This includes: Quinta Brunson (Janine Teagues), Tyler James Williams (Gregory Eddie), Lisa Ann Walter (Melissa Schemmenti), Janelle James (Ava Coleman), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Barbara Howard), and Chris Perfetti (Jacob Hill). At the time of this writing we don't have any information on the guest stars for season 3, but last year we got the introduction of Janine's mother (Taraji P. Henson), and her sister (Ayo Edebiri). We were also introduced to Melissa's tumultuous relationship with her sister Kristin Marie (Lauren Weedman). The guest stars will probably be revealed on a weekly basis (or closer to their actual run dates) if we had to guess.
How many episodes will there be in season 3?
As mentioned earlier, season 3 will be shortened due to last year's strikes. That means this season will only have 14 episodes compared to Season 2's 22 episode order.
How much of the storyline will focus on Janine and Gregory's romance?
Season 2 began exploring the depth of the feelings Janine and Gregory had for one another, with both having those back and forth moments as far as accepting the relationship. However, in an April 2023 interview with TV Line, Brunson made it clear that the relationship dynamics between Janine and Gregory would never be the focus of the show saying: " Our show isn’t about dating. It’s about this school, it’s about the kids, etc. So Janine and Gregory are not the No. 1 storyline of Abbott. It’s the school and the kids. So it feels good to kind of have them be a mess in the background, because it’s very often how dating goes."
Expanding upon that notion Brunson told the publication: "Any person who’s under the age of 35 can attest that dating in this climate, especially when it comes to the apps and all this other stuff, it’s not easy at all. And it doesn’t mean the tension goes away. It doesn’t mean the hope goes away either. I think that was a cool balance we found. We can keep hope, disappointment and tension"
Catch season 3 on ABC beginning February 7 at 9 P.M. EST.
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