‘Atlanta’ Will Return With Two Seasons in 2021

Published on January 10, 2020

There’s no rhyme or reason to rush Atlanta. We can be patient for the FX drama, which is unlike anything else on television. It’s been almost two years since season two of Donald and Stephen Glover’s beloved series, but the show won’t return for its third season in 2020, despite FX already having renewed it for season three and four.

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The good news: season three of the series will be longer than initially imagined. While FX ordered eight episodes, Donald Glover asked if ten was possible. FX, knowing what’s for the greater good, agreed to more Atlanta. FX boss John Landgraf shared the news at TCA (via Collider): 

“Initially, [Glover’s] intent was to make 16 episodes that would be broken up into eight and eight. He came back to us recently because things went so well in the writers’ room and asked if we would support 10 episodes. We said yes. So the first of those two seasons will be 10.”

Shooting Back-to-Back Seasons 

They’re shooting season three and four at once. All in order, too. The big cheese at FX added:

“They’re going to shoot them all in sequence. A good chunk of it shoots outside the United States, which is fascinating.”

Season three ended with Earn (Glover), “Paper Boi” (Brian Tyree Henry), and Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) leaving the country for an international tour. Earn’s future was uncertain as Paper Boi’s manager, but before they took off, the artist told his cousin he needed him, someone who understands him. 

When Will the Show Return?

Atlanta was pushed back so Glover, a very busy musician and actor, could work on Disney’s The Lion King, which made all the money in the world last year and introduced a whole lot of youngsters to the magic of Glover. Now that he can give his full attention to Atlanta and make it right, the plan for Glover is to have season three ready for next January, Landgraf confirmed: 

“The plan is that one would air I think in January, so early next year. And then the other would air, I think, later that year, somewhere around the fall. There’ll be less than a year break between them.”

Landgraf was asked if there were plans for a season five, but similar to how FX has approached other projects of theirs, he’s leaving that in the hands of the Glovers. FX and Landgraf will wait for good quality. Rarely do they rush a show for no reason.

It’s easy to imagine Glover never letting Atlanta go on for too long, though. He’s too creatively curious and hungry to do the same thing for too long, but then again, he manages to do something new and exciting with every episode of Atlanta. It is a perfect vehicle for Glover as a storyteller and artist to express himself in a variety of ways. That’s kind of a part of the beauty and the appeal of Atlanta, a show with a tone and style completely on its own. 

At the moment, Glover doesn’t have any announced film projects, but he’s more than likely working on projects outside of Atlanta, both in film and music. He’s yet to announce when he’ll officially retire Childish Gambino, as he still plans to continue performing live — which is an incredible sight of explosive artistry to witness — and makeup for some shows he was unable to perform last year due to an injury. 

Official Atlanta Synopsis

Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Stephen Glover.

Atlanta will return for season three and four in 2021.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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