Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” has been renewed for a fourth season at FX before production on its previously-ordered third season has even begun.
The Season 4 renewal was announced during the cable channel’s day at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, when it was also revealed that production on both upcoming seasons — which are eight episodes apiece — is scheduled to begin next spring.
But we still don’t have a shooting location for the show, which films in its title city, and Glover and FX have yet to address how Georgia’s anti-abortion law may or may not affect the show’s decision to continue to film in that state.
“Atlanta” stars Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz and was created by Glover, who executive produces with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle, Stephen Glover and Hiro Murai. The show hails from FX Productions.
“What more can be said about Atlanta than the critical acclaim and accolades that Donald, Paul, Dianne, Stephen and Hiro have earned for two exceptional seasons of what is clearly one of the best shows on television,” FX Entertainment president Eric Schrier said Tuesday. “This group of collaborators and cast have created one of the most original, innovative stories of this generation and we are proud to be their partners.”
FX renewed “Atlanta” for a third season in June 2018, one month after Season 2 — a.k.a. “Robbin’ Season” — ended. The network said at that time that the critically acclaimed series would return in 2019 — but no update had been given on production until now, with Glover even joking on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last month about where he was in the writing process for Season 3.
“Are you working on ‘Atlanta’ right now?” Jimmy Kimmel asked his guest, who was there to promote the live-action “Lion King” by going full Simba in a lion costume.
“So you’re supposed to be working on ‘Atlanta’ right now?” Kimmel followed up.
“Oh, I *am* working on ‘Atlanta’ right now,” the actor said to laughter from the audience.
Kimmel joked that Glover, who is on his way to Australia soon, will be working on the show then.
“Literally, *this* is a script for ‘Atlanta,’ if anybody asks,” the FX star said, referencing his appearance on Kimmel at that moment, lion costume and all.
Through its first two seasons, “Atlanta” has won five Emmy Awards as well as two Golden Globe Awards, two AFI awards, Peabody, PGA, WGA, TCA, NAACP and Critics’ Choice Awards.