‘Abbott Elementary’ Promotes Fan-Favorite Cast Member For Season 2

Abbott Elementary School fans will see a lot more of Mr Johnson. Deadline reports that William Stanford Davis, who has a recurring role in the first season, has been promoted to a series regular for season 2. He will continue as Abbott’s guard. It’s a big deal for Williams, making it his first regular role in his 27-year acting career. Returning series regulars for the upcoming season are Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The show is currently in production. William’s recent TV credits include recurring roles on series such as bluster, snowdrops, and Ray Donovan, on which he played Potato Pie. His film credits include dead woman walking, Adopt a highway, Holly Day, and A holiday opportunity.

His promotion comes amid a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Brunson and ABC. Christine Davis claims the show is a direct copy of a script she wrote in 2018 and titled Our school year. Its screenplay is about an underfunded public school that invites a documentary crew to film, with an upbeat teacher (Brunson’s character in Abbott) trying to push for reform. Davis says she showed her screenplay (which she copyrighted in early 2020) to producers Cherisse Parks and Shavon Sullivan Wright – neither of whom are related to Abbott Elementary School. She claims the producers told her they would show the script to Hulu, which, like ABC, is mostly owned by Disney. A few months after the reunion, Davis claims that ABC began filming on Abbottwith Brunson listed as both star and creator of the series.

In the costume, she also notes how similar the show’s mockumentary style and many of its characters are to her script. At this time, Brunson or ABC have not commented on Davis’ lawsuit. Davis demands that “Brunson and ABC return all profits they have made from the show.”

James C. Tibbs