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    What Character Is Taraji P. Henson Playing On ‘Abbott Elementary’?

    The ABC comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’ has been winning hearts due to its narrative and quirky characters. It is a show about teachers at a local Philadelphia school navigating life and striving to better the lives of the children at Abbott Elementary. Quinta Brunson plays Janine, who, along with a turbulent romantic life, also has issues with her mother and sister, which have been highlighted throughout the seasons.

    Now, as per an exclusive report, Janine’s mother will appear in the season finale of the show. The report stated that the ‘Empire’ actress, Taraji P. Henson, will play the role of Janine’s mother, Vanetta. During the ‘Valentine’s Day’ episode, we saw her sister, Ayesha, played by Ayo Edebiri. Henson will be the latest popular addition to the show.

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    Taraji P. Henson Is Appearing On The Episode Titled ‘Mom’

    Taraji P. Henson will play Quinta Brunson's character, Janine's, mother
    Taraji P. Henson will play Quinta Brunson’s character, Janine’s, mother

    During the awards season, ‘Abbott Elementary’ created quite a buzz. The series won the Golden Globe in the ‘Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy’ category. Actors like Tyler James Williams, Quinta Brunson, and Sheryl Lee Ralph also bagged several awards. The sitcom has been winning hearts for its impeccable character arcs, performances, and narrative.

    Now, ‘Abbott Elementary’ is reaching its final chapter of the second season. The final episode will be aired on April 12th, 2023. During the finale, we will finally meet Janine’s troubled mother, Vanetta. As per the Variety report, Taraji P. Henson is set to play the character.

    On April 1st, 2023, the cast members of the show appeared physically and virtually for the PaleyFest event in Los Angeles. Quinta, who held Saturday Night Live (SNL) duties, made an appearance through a pre-taped video.

    It was during this event that Taraji’s casting was revealed. She will appear in the final episode titled, ‘Mom.’ As per the episode synopsis, Janine plans a solo trip for Memorial Day. But her mother, Vanetta, played by Henson, shows up unannounced at her place ruining her plans. She will be seen next in the film adaptation of ‘The Color Purple,’ which will also star Halle Bailey, Ciara, and H.E.R.

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    ‘Abbott Elementary’ Is Based On A Real-Life Story

    'Abbott Elementary'
    ‘Abbott Elementary’

    Quinta Brunson is everywhere, and for the right reasons! Her show ‘Abbott Elementary’ is getting due recognition for an interesting take on the broken school system in the US. But, people are hailing the show for its humor, stellar performances by the cast, and documentary-esque filming, which makes the whole ride enjoyable.

    The creator of the show, Quinta Brunson, had her journey from YouTube to television. Brunson is featured in BuzzFeed videos, and you may know her as the girl who’s never been on a good date! As a Philly resident, she drew inspiration for the show from there. While talking to Cosmopolitan, she talked about the origin story of the show.

    Quinta said, “My mother was a teacher and I spent so much time with her in school. I was in her class in kindergarten and went to the school where she taught for the next five years. So, I saw the behind-the-scenes.”

    She continued, “When I went to college and moved out to LA, I had so much time away from it, so when I went to go visit my mother again, it helped me to see the familiarity of a place I knew like the back of my hand. I saw the comedy in this place as well as the hardships and I felt it made for a good TV show.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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