FX Networks has confirmed the renewal of the acclaimed TV series Atlanta, created and starring Donald Glover. The topical thought-provoking comedy has already won two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, an AFI Award and two Golden Globes for its first season. The second season of Atlanta, which came to a conclusion in May, is a strong contender for further awards in 2018. The show will air sometime in 2019 according to the network.
“Atlanta is phenomenal, achieving and exceeding what few television series have done,” said FX Networks and Productions programming president Nick Grad. “With Atlanta Robbin’ Season, Donald and his collaborators elevated the series to even greater heights, building on the enormous success of their award-winning first season. We’re grateful to the producers and our extraordinary cast and crew for achieving this level of excellence, and we share the excitement with our audience about the third season knowing they will continue to take us to unexpected and thrilling places.”
The show follows Atlanta rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), and his cousin and manager Earn Marks (Donald Glover), as they navigate fame and the music scene. Paper Boi’s best friend and right-hand man Darius Epps (Lakeith Stanfield) has also become an integral character in the show, with increased exposure in season 2. Vanessa “Van” Keefer (Zazie Beetz) is Earn’s on-off partner and mother to their daughter, Lottie.
Atlanta is a mix of surreal and conventional humor, with comparisons made to David Lynch series Twin Peaks and Larry Davids Curb your Enthusiasm. However, Atlanta is still unique and original television that brings a stunning depth to its social commentary and the absurd nature of fame and life for urban black youths in America. This stunning piece of television art has its loyal and cult fan base already transfixed, and it is without surprise that FX has renewed the show for a third season.
FX Development Deals
Donald Glover signed a development deal with the FX network in January. The new deal will see Glover produce a completely new series for the network, as well as continue work on Atlanta. “Donald is a remarkable artist, effortlessly shifting from actor to writer, producer, director and musician to create one amazing project after another,” Nick Grad said after the signing of the development deal in January.
Hiro Murai, a long time Glover collaborator and executive producer on Atlanta has also signed a major development deal with the network. Murai, as well as producing, also directed a total of seven episodes on Atlanta season 2 and has produced music videos for Glovers alter ego, Childish Gambino, including the recent This is America. The signing of Mirai, who has helped to make Atlanta an acclaimed TV series, will undoubtedly help with the continuation of the show.
Atlanta Season 3 Release Date
FX announced that Atlanta season 3 will air in 2019.
The production schedule for the new series will depend on the availability of in-demand Glover who has several other projects in the works, including a Lion King remake currently in production, and his final Childish Gambino album.
The success of Atlanta has propelled the careers of the shows main casts co-stars, and Atlanta production will also need to navigate their busy 2018 schedules.
Brian Tyree Henry has been busy working on eight feature films to be released this year or next including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Jefferson Davis (voice), If Beale Street Could Talk, White Boy Rick, and Widows. Henry also stars in the Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play Lobby Hero, that’s won over critics and prompted talk of Tony.
Zazie Beetz will appear in five movies within the next two years, including Deadpool, X-Force, Pale Blue Dot, Against All Enemies, The Undiscovered Country, and Slice.
Lakeith Stanfield is set for four films, including Sorry to Bother You, Come Sunday, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and Someone Great.
Glover will need to find the right time to start season 3 production, but the artistic polymath is known for taking his time, with a quality over quantity ethos. We may have a long wait for the next installment of Atlanta, but we are sure it will be worth the wait. Season 3 could be one of the most anticipated TV series of 2019, and with good reason.