School’s Open on Sunday: ‘Abbott Elementary’ to Air New Episode Directly After Oscars

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In a surprising turn of events, the usual Wednesday night routine for Abbott Elementary took a detour this week as the comedy series has temporarily shifted to a Sunday slot for a special post-Oscars episode. If you were left wondering why there wasn’t a new episode last night (March 6), fear not – school will be in session on Sunday.

The announcement came from series writer and producer Brittani Nichols, who took to social media to share the news with eager fans. In a move that aligns with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night, Abbott Elementary will serve as the entertainment follow-up to the 96th Academy Awards, marking the first time the school doors swing open on a Sunday.

The upcoming Episode 6, titled “Willard R. Abbott,” is set to celebrate the school’s newly acquired historical landmark status. However, chaos is on the horizon as the faculty navigates the ceremony with all its unexpected twists and turns.

The regular Wednesday programming will resume next week, continuing until March 27.

The strategic move places Abbott Elementary in the coveted lead-in slot following the Oscars, promising viewers an entertaining continuation to the prestigious awards ceremony. With the show currently in its third season, the series has garnered critical acclaim and an expanding audience, continuously setting viewership records.

Quinta Brunson, the creator and star of Abbott Elementary, has led the ensemble cast through the mockumentary format, blending humor with the harsh realities faced by the underfunded Willard R. Abbott Elementary School. Season 3, albeit shorter due to the Hollywood strikes, has already seen significant developments, including a new student in Janine’s classroom and the cool teacher, Gregory (Tyler James Williams), grappling with consequences.

A fourth season is also secured for the series, thanks in part to the staggering viewership for ABC.

The After-Oscars episode promises a delightful exploration of the school’s history as it achieves Philadelphia historical landmark status. Principal Ava (Janelle James) and Janine (Quinta Brunson) are ecstatic, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm. Barbara (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter) are less than thrilled, setting the stage for the chaos that ensues during the ceremony.

Guest stars June Diane Raphael and Jennifer Elise Cox will make appearances alongside the series regulars — Brunson, James, Ralph, Walter, Tyler James Williams, Chris Perfetti, and William Stanford Davis. As fans will recall, Raphael appeared in a previous installment as Elizabeth Washington who helped present Gregory (Williams) with the Educator of the Year award.

Make sure to catch Abbott Elementary after the Oscars on Sunday, March 10, at 10:32 pm ET on ABC.

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