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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Atlanta Season 3 will tell more female-centric stories
"I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen,” said Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover, Donald Glover's younger brother, at an Emmy For Your Consideration event. “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Donald Glover says Atlanta Season 3 will be like Kanye West's "Graduation" album
“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover said at an Emmys For Your Consideration event. “I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
FX renews Atlanta for Season 3 to air in 2019
“Atlanta is phenomenal, achieving and exceeding what few television series have done,” FX original programming president Nick Grad said in a statement. “With Atlanta Robbin’ Season, Donald (Glover) and his collaborators elevated the series to even greater heights, building on the enormous success of their award-winning first season. We’re grateful to the producers and our extraordinary cast and crew for achieving this level of excellence, and we share the excitement with our audience about the third season knowing they will continue to take us to unexpected and thrilling places.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Atlanta's only female writer describes her situation as "a really bittersweet thing"
“It’s a bummer,” says Stefani Robinson. “It’s a really bittersweet thing, I think. I’m so happy to be the woman in the space, because I think that it’s so rare in Hollywood for a woman, especially a woman of color, to exist in these spaces. So on the one hand, I’m grateful and I think it’s so important and I feel so blessed. But on the other hand, you always wish there was more than one.”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Atlanta's Hiro Murai: "I love David Lynch movies, and I like Haruki Murakami books. I like absurdist aesthetics"
"There’s something about dream logic that’s really fascinating, how it interweaves with narrative," Murai says in discussing his direction on the Donald Glover FX series and on Childish Gambino's "This Is America." Murai says of Atlanta being an experimental show: "When we did the pilot, there were a lot of discussions about which way the show could go. But I knew that my favorite part of the show was the more enigmatic and freewheeling stuff. There’s a strange scene in the pilot where a guy in a bow tie makes Earn take a bite of his sandwich. It was always on the chopping block with the network because it didn’t really serve a narrative purpose. But that was our favorite scene." ALSO: "This is America" and Atlanta are two parts of a whole.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Check out a timeline of the history of TV's working-class sitcoms
The Honeymooners, The Flintstones, Taxi, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Simpsons, Mom and Atlanta all have the same working-class storylines in common.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Ranking every Atlanta episode
Is "Teddy Perkins" the best episode from the Donald Glover FX series?
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Donald Glover stole back his city with Atlanta Robbin' Season
"As Donald Glover has completely taken over the country, with his recent SNL hosting gig, the simultaneous release of his song and mind-freak video 'This is America,' and his role as Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars story Solo, there will be plenty said about how 2018 was the year he conquered the world," says Michael Jordan. "But it will be his vision of his hometown (Glover is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, an eastern suburb of Atlanta), and the brilliance of Robbin’ Season that cements his story of creative triumph. Once again, the show robbed every one of their ability to ignore a city whose cultural influence continues to be stolen by every other city around the world. And with another season of Atlanta under his belt, Donald Glover and his team of writers, directors and actors, just stole it back."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Atlanta became cinema with its "more obviously, aggressively ambitious" second season
"Atlanta is like a rapper obsessed with his own brilliance," says Wesley Morris. "You want to see if the show can top itself because that self-regard is part of the hook. But loving this show means worrying that it might be devoured by its own genius, that it’s too great to last, that, eventually, conceit will cannibalize concept. This second batch of episodes was more obviously, aggressively ambitious. The show became cinema (one ominous aerial shot of a vegetal forest canopy made me want vinaigrette) and appeared to have on its mind the ideas in Get Out, the moods of Moonlight, the hypnotic ambiguities of David Lynch. Some of that reach toward movie-ness nudged the show into self-conscious precocity, the equivalent of skipping a grade."
- Atlanta's genius is starting from a classic sitcom premise, then going somewhere far more thoughtful
- Season 2 finale was more intimate and freakishly surprising than the Season 1 finale
- The magic of Season 2 "was that the basic narrative work was just as interesting as the experiments and that the latter inevitably turned out to be servicing the former"
- If this was Atlanta's last episode, it was a fitting one
- Atlanta is moving and excellent, but don't say you're having a good time watching it
- There are two ways of reading Earn's choice in the finale
- Hiro Murai weighs in on the Season 2 finale
- Season 2 mined the perils of being famous and black
- What makes Lakeith Stanfield so compelling to watch?
- Donald Glover tells Jimmy Kimmel that Stevie Wonder has "watched" Atlanta
- Glover has avoided the "This Is America" hoopla -- he's been off the Internet since two days before hosting SNL
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Atlanta director Hiro Murai signs an FX development deal
The Atlanta executive producer and director, who also directed the Childish Gambino "This Is America" music video that has garnered 70 million YouTube views and counting this week, will develop new projects for FX Networks as part of his new deal. “Hiro has excelled as a director and a creative force in commercials, music videos and episodic television, and we welcome the chance to see him develop his own series through FX Productions,” says FX's Nick Grad, the executive in charge of original programming. “He helped make Atlanta the most acclaimed comedy series on television, greatly contributing to its signature style and tone and becoming an integral part of the creative team led by Donald Glover. With his boundless artistry, Hiro is poised to take the next step as a television creator.”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
"This is America" represents the convergence of Donald Glover's musical and TV careers
In looking at Atlanta through the lens of Glover's work as Childish Gambino, Aisha Harris finds that the FX series expounds upon his rap persona's past lyrics.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Atlanta, Rick and Morty and Westworld are revolutionizing TV episode descriptions
Atlanta's episode descriptions are written in the voice of an omniscient hype man, as Clayton Purdom points out. Mr. Robot uses an all-lowercase, acronym- and internet-speak voice, while Westworld is written in character as one of the show's hosts. As Purdom notes, "over the past few years, some of the best shows on television have flagrantly defied the traditional episode description—that terse sentence-or-so description of the main conflict, with maybe a hint toward the B-line, that have accompanied TV listings since time immemorial. The first show I really noticed flouting these convention was Rick And Morty, whose 'broh'-filled episode descriptions sound like recommendations from a skeezy stoner friend."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Dear White People's Justin Simien pens "love letter" analyzing Donald Glover's "This Is America"
The Dear White People creator, who is four months older than Glover, was blown away by Childish Gambino's "This Is America," which was released on the same weekend as the return of his Netflix series. "For the second time this year I’ve been shifted by Donald Glover’s work,” Simien said in the first of many tweets analyzing the viral music video. “He forced me to confront the effects of consumerism on the lives of people of color in Atlanta Robbin’ Season..and now I feel compelled to stare deeply into the dog and pony show of black popular culture through black culture with ‘This Is America.'" Simien proceeded to analyze the thought-provoking images from the music video. "But this is America, Gambino tells us," tweeted Simien. "It's brutal, but either you participate in the space American culture has allotted you (even if only to play Jim Crow as many black entertainers have and continue to do since the country's founding) or you perish."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Atlanta Robbin’ Season is "one of those miracle seasons" that is redefining our TV expectations
The second season of Donald Glover's FX series is what happens "when every artist involved is on the same creative page and operating at the peak of their powers," says Matt Zoller Seitz. Season 2, he adds, is "robbing us of our expectations of what a TV series should be — specifically a series about African-Americans, American southerners, working-class and poor people, young people, and all those descriptors in combination — by lingering on moments, basking in them, at times stretching them out into gossamer strands in the manner of an atmospheric art-house indie or international art film." Seitz puts Atlanta alongside groundbreaking shows like The Sopranos, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Simpsons, Moonlighting and The Twilight Zone, saying: "Atlanta has a knack for giving you what you didn’t know you wanted, evoking surprise, delight, puzzlement, anxiety, and elation in the course of any given episode. Whatever it gives you is different from, yet always equal to or better than, what you wanted or expected, and by this point, we should know better than to want or expect anything in particular. Atlanta is best approached with a blank-slate mind."
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Presenting TV's most nuanced acting performances
From Donald Glover narrowing his eyes and furrowing his brows on Atlanta to Jodie Comer's flirty glint in her eye before she kills someone on Killing Eve, the small screen has quite a few indelible performances that are noteworthy for their subtlety.