FX Chief Says It’s Donald Glover’s Call Whether or Not ‘Atlanta’ Will Continue to Film in Atlanta

TCA 2019: Comedy returns to production next spring with Season 3 and newly-announced Season 4

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FX CEO John Landgraf said it’s up to Donald Glover on if his comedy “Atlanta,” which returns to production next spring, will shoot in its namesake city.

“That would be Donald’s call. He hasn’t opined on that yet,” Landgraf told TheWrap. Glover and FX have not addressed how Georgia’s anti-abortion law may or may not affect the show’s decision to continue to film in that state. On Tuesday, FX renewed “Atlanta” for a fourth season, and said that production on both Season 3 and 4 will begin next spring.

When asked by TheWrap if he was aware of a backup plan for “Atlanta,” which filmed the first two seasons in the state, he said he wasn’t. “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. The bill is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, pending any legal challenges. In the months and weeks after the bill was signed, Disney, NBCUniversal, AMC Networks, WarnerMedia and Netflix all made some version of a promise to reconsider filming in Georgia should the law go into effect.

“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.