Abbott Elementary will open up its doors beyond the school in Season 2, premiering this Wednesday, Sept. 21 (ABC, 9/8c).
While the hit comedy stayed within the hallways that employee Janine & Co. during its freshman run, the success of the show has allowed it to expand its scope a bit in the upcoming season. “Certainly, in the first 13 [episodes], we’re going to go out more than we have,” executive producer Justin Halpern tells TVLine.
The series will also be “expanding the personal lives of these characters,” EP Patrick Schumacker adds. In fact, viewers are “probably going to meet multiple family members and romantic interests of different characters,” Halpern teases.
During a Television Critics Association virtual press tour panel, creator/star Quinta Brunson explained that “in order to flesh out the backstories of these characters a little bit more and give viewers something that they didn’t have the first season, we thought it would be great to, every now and then, go into their backstories, into their lives,” she shared. “And the home is a great place to learn more about a character. We aren’t going to technically live there, but we think it is a really fun experience for the audience and for ourselves to learn more about where these people came from.”
Read on as Halpern and Schumacker preview Ava’s Season 2 arc, tease guest stars and ponder Janine and Gregory’s romantic future.