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Taraji P. Henson To Guest Star on Abbott Elementary 

Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson revealed that she will be guest starring in Abbott Elementary’s new episode titled “Mom”. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Henson shared that she personally sought Emmy-winning creator-star Quinta Brunson about appearing on the beloved show after meeting on the set of a different project. 

For those who don’t know, Abbott Elementary is a sitcom on ABC that takes place in a predominantly Black Philadelphia public school and is shot in a mockumentary style in the same style as The Office and Arrested Development. Creator Brunson plays Janine Teagues, an optimistic second-grade teacher who makes it her mission to help enrich her students’ lives while also managing her own personal life. 

The show is critically acclaimed, earning many accolades as well as high ratings. Creator Brunson recently won at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Lead Performance in New Scripted Series and the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year. 

“That cast is incredibly talented, the writing is very witty, it’s smart, it’s funny, and I have an affinity for teachers. I was a substitute teacher before my career,” Henson continued. “I love that show in a whole other way.”

Henson will join one of many notable names in the show including but not limited to Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), Janielle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, William Standford Davis and Sheryl Lee Ralph. 

“About that episode titled ‘Mom’ you saw earlier…,” read a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account.

In the tweet photo, Henson is seen alongside Brunson on the set of the ABC sitcom as she will be playing her mother. The episode written by Ava Coleman is scheduled to air on April 12, the penultimate episode of Season 2, a week ahead of the season finale set for April 19.


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