Abbott Elementary is the new crown jewel in ABC’s cap with its amount of Emmy nominations.
The series was nominated for several awards in the categories Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph), Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series (Tyler James Williams) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson, “Pilot”). Brunson also made history becoming the first Black woman to receive comedy nominations for acting, writing and best comedy series.
Warner Bros. TV CEO Channing Dungey celebrated the win with a simple statement: great work is great work, period.
“Great storytelling is great storytelling, regardless the platform,” she said in a statement received by S&A.
Abbott Elementary’s reign over the Emmy nominations list means that ABC has a new dominant comedy to tout. ABC’s last Emmy-crowned comedy, Modern Family, ended its ending spree in 2014 with its fifth Emmy win.
The series, named after Brunson’s elementary school teacher, follows a group of Philadelphia-area teachers who do their best (or in the case of James’ character Ava, the bare minimum) to give their students a quality education. According to the official description:
[In Abbott Elementary], a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible educators may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.
The series has hit a chord with fans, including teachers, who have praised the show for its respect for teaching and humor, especially regarding some of the more ludicrous aspects of the bureaucracy teachers have to put with. The series has been renewed for a second season.