Atlanta season 4 is officially a go at FX!
FX made the news official at the Television Critics Press Association summer press tour. The preemptive confirmation of Atlanta’s fourth season will not only thrill fans of the acclaimed comedic drama, but will also address the elephant in the room regarding the 2019 truancy of season 3, now over a year removed from the 2018 run of season 2. That’s because FX has also confirmed that production of season 3 AND season 4 will commence in the spring of 2020, with each frame set to contain eight episodes. – A slight reduction from season 1’s ten and season 2’s eleven.
The series is the creation of Donald Glover, who stars as Ernest “Earn” Marks, who is managing the burgeoning career of his rapper cousin, Alfred Miles (Bryan Tyree Henry), joined by friend Darius (Lakieth Stanfield) and Earn’s friend and baby-mama, Van (Zazie Beetz). Each cast member has seen their respective stocks rise in the industry since their involvement with the 2016-launched series.
Glover also serves as executive producer alongside his brother, Stephen, joined in that capacity by Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Hiro Murai. As Eric Schrier, president of FX Entertainment, lauds of the renewal:
“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. 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.”
Of course, one of the reasons for Atlanta’s currently delayed status is the flourishing career of Donald Glover. Indeed, the former co-star of NBC’s Community who, besides his Childish Gambino rap exploits, has been furiously promoting Disney’s hit hybrid animated feature (currently at $1.2 billion worldwide), The Lion King, in which he stars as the voice of Simba. The performance comes off a co-starring role as Lando Calrissian in 2018 prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story and a role in 2017 Marvel movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
While not exactly a ratings juggernaut, Atlanta has reaped an embarrassment of riches in the awards circuit, with season 1 garnering six Emmy nominations, winning for two comedy series categories – Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing – both for Glover. Moreover, season 2 yielded several more nods and three more wins, bringing it to a current total of five Emmy wins out of 22 nods.
It will be interesting to see what the announced spring production for seasons 3 and 4 will mean for the far-future of Atlanta, especially as Glover’s star only continues to rise.