It’s been a minute since we last heard anything about Donald Glover’s Emmy Award-winning series Atlanta. This week, we received word that production for its forthcoming third season finally wrapped. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing it anytime soon though, or that the cast is done working.
We know this thanks a virtual Television Critics Association press tour Friday given by FX President John Landgraf. During the tour, Landgraf not only confirmed the completion of Season 3, he said that production on Season 4 is already underway too.
Speaking to the press, Landgraf said:
“It has finished shooting. It shot primarily in Europe, actually, and it’s in post-production. But it is a lengthy post-production process on that. And part of the reason it’s like this is because they’re actually in production right now on Season 4 in Atlanta. And all of the scripts for Season 4 have been written. I absolutely adore those scripts for both seasons.”
While the idea of shooting both seasons back to back was always the plan, Landgraf mentioned the pandemic did play a part in its delayed release. The last time fans saw Earn and the gang was back in the Spring of 2018.
Additionally, Landgraf mentioned that even though there hasn’t been an exact release date nailed down for the series, the network is aiming to have it ready within the first half of 2022.
With four years between releases, it almost feels like waiting for another series of Sherlock to drop. Because the show is so good, it’s almost certainly worth the wait – the first two seasons have a 97% and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
For those unfamiliar with Atlanta, it centers around a college dropout named Earn who becomes the manager for his cousin after he comes a rapper known as Paper Boi. As the two navigate the rap scene and music industry they often get into misadventures with their free spirit of a friend named Darius. When he’s not managing his cousin or to stay out of trouble, Earn also tries to nurse his relationship with his girlfriend Van, whom he also has a child with.
As straight as the synopsis makes the show seem, Donald Glover has gone on the record saying the show is essentially “Twin Peaks with rappers.” Throughout its run, it’s become notorious for its risqué and abstract humor. For example, past episodes have dealt with things like becoming transracial and the (now national) holiday Juneteenth. There’s even an episode with an invisible car.
The first two seasons of Atlanta are available to stream on Hulu now.
Source: The Wrap