Quinta Brunson, who grew up in West Philadelphia and is the star and creator of Abbott Elementary, is about to be seen a lot more around the world.
According to Variety, Brunson has a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. Television Group to develop new shows for all of the studio's platforms. Broadcast networks, cable channels, and streaming services like HBO Max are some of these platforms.
In a statement, Brunson stated, "I'm pleased to broaden my long-running creative connection with Warner Bros. With Abbott as our compass, I eagerly anticipate what we'll produce next,"
Her relationship with Warner Bros., which already produces Abbott in collaboration with 20th Television, is strengthened by the agreement, which also marks Brunson's first overall deal with a major studio. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Brunson has been associated with the company since 2018, when she was chosen for the CW pilot The End of the World as We Know It from producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker who are currently working on Abbott.
As part of the agreement, Brunson will continue to serve as Abbott's writer, executive producer, and star. Abbott's second season will debut on ABC on September 21. The first season's episodes are accessible on Hulu, and starting on August 20, HBO Max will start streaming them as well.
Warner Bros. chair Channing Dungey remarked, "What Quinta and her Abbott Elementary team have accomplished in the first season is truly incredible. We are looking forward to working with her on many new projects in the upcoming years and can't wait for season 2.”
Brunson's new contract will propel her even more in 2022. Abbott received seven Emmy nods last month in the comedy writer, comedy series, and lead actress in a comedy categories. With that group of nominations, Brunson made history by becoming the first Black woman to receive three nods in the comedy category of the awards ceremony and, at 32, the youngest Black woman to receive an acting nomination in the comedy category.
These accomplishments followed Abbott's debut last December. Following the airing of its pilot episode, the program soon became a breakout success on a national level, becoming the first ABC sitcom to quadruple its ratings. Due to its Philadelphia background, locale, and accurate depiction of life in the failing Philadelphia education system, it also became a local favorite.
However, things haven't been perfect for Brunson and Abbott this year. Following the announcement of the Emmy nominations last month, a copyright infringement action was filed against Brunson and others about the show, alleging that it was a "veritable counterfeit" of a script written by Christine Davis in 2018. According to court records, a pretrial conference is pending in that case.