ABC’s New Comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’ Hopes To Smash TV’s Honor With Life Lessons And Laughter

Show biz veterans Sheryl Lee Ralph and Lisa Ann Walter are bringing their talents to ABC’s newest sitcom “Abbott Elementary.”

They play longtime teachers at a Philadelphia public school that is understaffed and underfunded.

Both characters know how to take care of the business in very different ways.

“Isn’t it amazing that we can tackle some very important subjects that, at the same time, make you think and then make you laugh?” Ralph said. “People will learn a lot of things that they didn’t open up to before watching this show.”

Both actresses have parents who are teachers. Walter’s character is a street smart teacher with some interesting friends.

“These could be people in my family,” Walter said. “From earrings to wardrobes full of designer goods. I mean, these are people who just know how to get things. You need things, I have things! You feel like eating some baked ziti, I’ll make some at home and bring you some meatballs.”

“Abbott Elementary” was created by star Quinta Brunson. Ralph plays a character based on Brunson’s own mother.

“It is amazing, at this point, to see a show where the teachers are not the joke, they are the center of the show,” said Ralph, “Teachers across this country, And we can’t have enough. , deserves more. More respect, more support, more money! “

Walter loves to tell stories you’ll see from your first day on the job.

“On this show, from day one, I said, ‘These are people I wouldn’t mind being with for the next 10 years,'” she said. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt as comfortable as I did. like this when going to be an actor. It feels a lot like being at home.”

“Abbott Elementary” will air Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

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