PHILADELPHIA — “Abbott Elementary” is actually a present the embodies Philadelphia’s tradition.
The hit ABC mockumentary sitcom set at a Philadelphia public faculty premiered its second season Wednesday night time, and it was all issues Philly.
In the opening section, custodian Mr. Johnson, performed by William Stanford Davis gave Eagles vast receiver A.J. Brown a shoutout to the present’s principal character, Janine Teagues, performed by the present’s creator and Philly Native Quinta Bruson.
“Hey Janine! This year is going to be different… Because we got A.J. Brown! We back, baby!”
The bit right here is Brunson’s character, being the overly optimistic instructor she is, thinks he’s referring to the varsity year, not the Eagles 2022-23 (go Birds).
Season two’s premier opened with Brunson’s character displaying as much as faculty to prep for the year solely to search out the varsity’s car parking zone had been become an Eagles tailgate get together by Principal Ava Coleman, performed by Janelle James, who was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for season one.
And afterward within the season premier, Brunson’s character teases she was in a position to get the Flyer to ship Gritty to Abbott’s first day of college.
“After making many phone calls and pretending to slip on a beer can at the Flyers arena, I’ve managed to get the only celebrity that matters to come surprise our kids on the first day of school,” Brunson’s character introduced to her fellow educators. “America’s favorite orange furry sweetheart: Flyers mascot Gritty!”
The wrinkle within the Gritty plot comes when the mascot reveals up on the first day of college for lecturers, not the primary day of college for college students.
Brunson Wednesday replied to Gritt on Twitter, saying, “I can’t believe I met a celebrity.”
Gritty’s response: “ditto queen, ditto.”
The Flyers mascot instructed Variety that Brunson’s “people” reached out to his “people” to make the cameo occur.
“When you’ve reached the level of fame and success that Quinta and I have, you have people for that,” he stated. “Her people reached out to my people. Of course I’m a fan … It’s comedy, it’s Philly and it’s school. I love two of those things!”
“There are a lot of people who might be iconic in Philadelphia,” stated Sheryl Lee Ralph, who gained the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for season one for her position as instructor Barbara Howard. “There are a lot of people that might be loved in Philadelphia. None of them come close to the love and admiration that is given to Gritty,”