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Everything We Know About 'Abbott Elementary' Season 2

School will be back in session at 'Abbott Elementary' soon!

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TV fans weren’t necessarily looking for a revitalization of the network sitcom-but then ABC’s Abbott Elementary came along. The series created by and starring Quinta Brunson premiered in December 2021 and turned out to be an A+ student of the workplace comedy genre with its own original spin. With its incredible, diverse cast, jokes that deserve a gold star, and the ability to stream it on Hulu, more and more fans caught on to the show every week-recognizing it as one of 2022’s best and the comfort viewing they didn’t know they needed.

Given what a hit the show was-becoming ABC’s highest-rated comedy and the most-tweeted about TV comedy this year-it’s fair to wonder if the sitcom will be graduating from kindergarten to first grade (or, if it’ll be back for Season 2). That’s not to mention the hold the show’s central will-they-won’t-they already has a hold on us, and our attachment to our new favorite teachers! Because we can’t wait for more, we’ve been doing our homework and rounded up everything there is to know about more Abbott Elementary below.

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Will there be a Season 2 of Abbott Elementary?

Yes! In March 2022 before Season 1 had even wrapped up, Abbott Elementary was renewed for Season 2. With the series’ glowing report card as its networks’ most popular comedy, it was only inevitable that the show would be back for more. The series announced the second season was green-lit on Twitter with a note written by the educator you love to hate, Janelle James’ character Principal Ava Coleman. You can read the very funny message here.

When will Season 2 of Abbott Elementary premiere?

There is no official premiere date quite yet, but as “Principal Ava” shared in the Season 2 announcement on Twitter, the show is coming back for the “2022-2023 school year.” An interview with creator/star Quinta Brunson in Elle revealed that the writers’ room went back to work in late April and filming is on schedule to start sometime in July. With that tentative plan in the works, it seems likely that school will be back in session sometime this fall.

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Who in the cast will be back for Abbott Elementary Season 2?

Thankfully, none of the cast members should be transferring schools and it sounds like everybody will be back for another year of elementary shenanigans. That means expect to continue learning ABCs, 123s, and valuable life lessons from all of your favorite educators including Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson), Gregory Eddie (Tyler James Williams), Principal Ava (Janelle James), Melissa Schemmenti (Lisa Ann Walter), Jacob Hill (Chris Perfetti), and Barbara Howard (Sheryl Lee Ralph). Aside from the teachers, we’ll probably get more great one-liners from William Stanford Davis’ hilarious custodian Mr. Johnson, and it seems likely Ava will get in more kerfuffles with superintendent Denzel Collins, played by Reggie Hayes.

The only characters whom it’s unclear if we’ll be seeing more of are Janine’s longtime boyfriend Tariq (Zack Fox) and Barbara’s daughter Taylor (Iyana Halley). The end of the season saw Tariq moving to NYC and Janine saying that she didn’t want to go with him and would rather take a break from their relationship, so he’ll no longer be a Philly regular. That being said, it seems likely he’ll come through on tour or perhaps want to reconcile with Janine at some point. Then as for Taylor, the Season 1 finale saw her getting flirty with Gregory, so it’s possible they’re in for a little romance (and perhaps the wrath of her very caring, well-meaning mother hen).

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What will Abbott Elementary Season 2 be about?

Season 1 was pretty confined to the humble halls of Abbott, but since it was such a successful first installment, we can only expect that sophomore year will get to go even bigger. There aren’t many official details about what that might look like, but we’re guessing the show won’t exclusively be set in the classroom and we’ll be in for more goofy guest stars.

Although nothing is confirmed, some of the stars have spoken out about what they think will happen. In Elle, Quinta Brunson has said she’d like the show to take “more field trips,” both in terms of the literal trips like to the zoo in the Season 1 finale and then just settings outside of the school. The piece also said Sheryl Lee Ralph would love to see Barbara start a choir, Lisa Ann Walter is hoping for a trip to a teaching convention, but like one in “Atlantic City”, and, like many of us, Tyler James Williams wants more development from the Janine and Gregory will-they-won’t-they. He did also say to Variety, though, that he thinks it’ll be awhile before we see that romance flourish and his new flirtationship with Barbara’s daughter could be a focus of Season 2-which wouldn’t just affect his dynamic with Janine, but Barbara, too.

More generally, we’ll probably see themes from Season 1 carry over. Fans may remember the finale ended with Barbara feeling as if she needs some sort of career growth and Janine is now even more independent, since she’s single for the first time in years. Then, as always, Ava may or may not be facing consequences of her blackmail and embezzlement schemes.

Whatever is in the works, we’re sure it’s going to be delightful and see the teachers trying their best in their own, unique ways to enlighten the lives of Philly’s youth. As more details become available, we’ll continue to update this story.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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