Donald Glover Hip-Hop Comedy ‘Atlanta’ Ordered To Series At FX | TV News
Grammy Award nominated artist and Community alumni Donald Glover has had his hip-hop centred comedy series Atlanta picked up by FX. The show, which will be helmed by and star Glover, focuses on two young cousins attempting to make it in the Atlanta rap scene. Glover has long split his career between music and film; beginning as a writer for the HBO series 30 Rock, he has since utilised his musical abilities in Dan Harmon’s long-running comedy Community and this year’s feel good summer sequel Magic Mike XXL.
On board for the show are Paul Simms (Flight of the Conchords) and Dianna McGunigle (Cop Car) as executive producers, with Hiro Murai moving from music videos to television to direct. The series will also feature Lakeith Lee Stanfield who starred as tormented rap artist Marcus in Destin Daniel Cretton‘s moving 2013 film, Short Term 12.
Donal Glover left Community in early 2014 during the show’s fifth season. At the time it was believed the move was to pursue his music career, however months later it was revealed that Atlanta was in the works. Glover played fan favourite Troy on the show, and after his departure, Community was never able to reach its previous heights. Atlanta will also star Brian Tyree Henry and Zaziee Beetz, the series will air in 2016.
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