Last year, FX announced that Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” had been renewed for two more seasons. However, on Thursday network chairman John Landgraf revealed it will be some time before those seasons actually arrive.
Speaking to reporters during an FX session at the Television Critics Association, Glover will be producing a total of 18 new episodes spread across two seasons, with 10 to air in January 2021 and the rest to debut that fall.
“I just can’t tell you how excited I am that he’s making two more seasons,” Landgraf said of the show’s impending return, explaining Glover had originally planned for two eight-episode seasons, but decided to add more to the upcoming third season.
“He came back to us recently, because things went so well in the writers room, and asked if we’d support 10 episodes” in season three and eight in season four, Landgraf said, via Associated Press. “They’re going to shoot them all in sequence. A good chunk of it shoots outside the United States, which is fascinating to me,” adding that most of the series will continue to be filmed in Atlanta.
Asked if there could be more seasons after 2021, Landgraf responded, “Up to him. To be clear, as long as Donald wants to make ‘Atlanta,’ I’m down for making for ‘Atlanta,’ but it’s his choice.”
Last year brought concerns about whether the show would continue to film in its namesake city after new anti-abortion laws led many actors and filmmakers to call for filming boycotts. At the time, FX chairman John Landgraf said the decision rests solely on Glover’s shoulders.
“That would be Donald’s call. He hasn’t opined on that yet,” FX chief told The Wrap. “The artist makes the decision on that. We’ll support Donald in whatever he decides.”
Back in May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill aiming to outlaw abortion in Georgia after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Since then, Disney, NBCUniversal, AMC Networks, WarnerMedia and Netflix have all reconsidered filming in the state.