We’ll be seeing more of fan favorite janitor, Mr. Johnson on Abbott Elementary season 2. William Stanford Davis, who portrays school janitor Mr. Johnson, has been promoted to series regular. Davis recurred in all 12 episodes of the ABC comedy’s Emmy Award-nominated freshman season.
This news marks Davis’ first series regular role in his 27-year acting career. He joins returning Abbott Elementary‘s series regulars Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Quinta Brunson created the series which centered on a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — who find themselves thrown together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.
The first season of Abbott Elementary, created, executive produced by and starring Brunson, earned seven Emmy nominations last week, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Writing for a Comedy Series for Brunson and Outstanding Supporting Actress/Actor in a Comedy Series for James, Ralph and Williams.
Stanford Davis recently recurred on Apple TV+’s Swagger and had arcs on Snowpiercer, Ray Donovan, If Loving You Is Wrong and Lincoln Heights. His feature credits include Dead Woman Walking, Adopt A Highway, Holly Day and A Holiday Chance.
Abbott Elementary returns for Season 2 on its new night, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c on ABC.