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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
This week's Atlanta helped Brian Tyree Henry deal with his mother's death
Henry's mother died as production wrapped on Season 1 of the FX series. Henry says last night's episode "was very instrumental in my healing. At the time (of the accident) I didn't really get to grieve; (the episode) was the hardest thing I ever did." ALSO: Henry wants Paper Boi to start thinking about retirement.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Presenting 10 TV characters who are pretty terrible at their jobs
The Good Place's Michael, Atlanta's Earn and The Big Bang Theory's Wolowitz all seem to fail miserably in their specialized fields.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Drake reacts to the Atlanta episode devoted to him: "this sh*t is surreal"
The rapper posted a clip of the beginning of last week's episode on his Instagram stories, with the caption: "this sh*t is surreal I am too high for this."
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Was Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins" ripped off?
The director of a 2016 short film titled White Face says he noticed a number of similarities between last week's episode and his 20-minute film. “If any of these things lived on their own, single, I would say that they were coincidence, but the fact that it's like four, five, six (resemblances) it gets weird for me,” says Mtume Gant, who first made the comparison between his film and the acclaimed episode Sunday on Instagram. He told Refinery 29 his film was made in June 2016, two months before Atlanta premiered and was featured in Shadow & Act, a website devoted to black film, television and web content, twice in 2017. Refinery 29 reached out to Donald Glover, director Hiro Murai and FX for comment, but so far no response. ALSO: Breaking down the Atlanta episode set at Drake's mansion.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Atlanta is "a show about nothing while being a show about everything
In a way, Donald Glover's FX show could be described as "black Seinfeld," says Michael Harriot. In an essay about "the invisibility of black genius," Harriot writes that Atlanta's "subversive personality doesn’t even try to accommodate white sensibilities. It is not unapologetically black, because it seems to be unaware that an apology is even necessary." He adds: "The beauty of Atlanta is that it proves that there are shades of black by rejecting every stereotypical portrayal of blackness and embracing the nooks and crannies. That is the unheralded genius of the show. It does not portray us at our best or our worst. It is black Seinfeld. It is a show about nothing while being a show about everything. It does not try to be black. It just is. The greatest thing about Glover and Atlanta is that they don’t seem to care if anyone else recognizes their genius. Perhaps that is a lesson for us all. Maybe we should stop giving a f*ck."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Donald Glover wasn't on set for this week's Atlanta episode because he was in character for the entire time
"There was no Donald on set whatsoever," Derrick Haywood says in describing Glover's method acting for last night's episode. "I kid you not. Our engagement on season one compared to our engagement on this episode was drastically different." ALSO: "Teddy Perkins" episode showed the horror of black childhood trauma.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Atlanta created a stunning Michael Jackson-inspired short horror film
"It's a shocking television episode—one that FX aired without commercial breaks, which allowed this 41-minute thriller to play out uninterrupted," Matt Miller said of last night's episode. "And if anyone thought Atlanta wouldn't go to a full-fledged horror, then they don't know Atlanta well. At this point, it's clear that Donald Glover has landed in a rare relationship with FX where he can do just about anything he wants. This type of artistic freedom has made Atlanta: Robbin' Season some of the most thrilling television in years this season. And there's no telling what he has in store next week."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Atlanta's next episode will be shown without commercials
Thursday's 41-minute episode of Atlanta Robbin' Season, titled "Teddy Perkins," will air uninterrupted. "Why? We’re not exactly sure — but it certainly is on brand with the show’s surreal nature," reports Deadline.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Atlanta nails what a modern music-industry satire should look like
"In its first season, Donald Glover’s auteurist comedy was only glancingly about the career of the newbie rapper Paper Boi (a.k.a. Alfred) and his manager, Earn," says Spencer Kornhaber. "But Season 2 has built a mordant, multi-front parody of what it’s like for a young talent who’s building buzz. Paper Boi is subjected to a series of small humiliations—not by one all-powerful corporate boss (at least so far), but from a range of culture vultures that include fans, rivals, and technological gatekeepers. The problem isn’t Everything Now. It’s everything, now."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Was Atlanta's surprise cameo too controversial?
Why Thursday's cameo was distracting for all the wrong reasons.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
For Atlanta's music supervisors, "there are no rules"
Music supervisors Jen Malone and Fam Udeorji say their job is highly collaborative, since the show's writers put some of the music in the script. "When we first started working on Atlanta the whole thing was, 'Let’s make this as punk as possible. We don’t care if we get canceled,'" says Udeorji. "And I think that applies to the music, because who are we trying to prove ourselves to? Really, nobody."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Atlanta mirrored a key Get Out scene
On this week's episode of Atlanta, Donald Glover and director Hiro Murai "seemed to directly call out Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning social thriller in one shot where all of the white office workers appeared motionless, almost zombie-like, and staring directly at Earn," says Zack Sharf. "When Earn turned around, the workers immediately unfroze and went back to their daily business."
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
FX's Atlanta Robbin' Season premieres to strong ratings
About 1.8 million total viewers watched the Season 2 premiere of the Donald Glover comedy, with FX saying it was the most-watched scripted comedy telecast in more than a year.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Atlanta is a state of mind, more than a TV show, in its "Robbin' Season"
"In its second season, Atlanta inches even further away from the traditional sitcom structure, opening onto a landscape that illustrates not merely the characters’ hijinks but the pervasive anxieties that form their backdrop," says Sonia Saraiya. "The editing distances the audience from the punch lines, drawing attention instead to the space between characters, to the environment they are eking humor from...Atlanta is funny, but it’s not funny in a way any other comedy is; it’s like the two opposing poles of “how can you laugh at that” and 'you must laugh at that' are forcibly horseshoed towards each other; sparks fly between the two."
- Atlanta returns less of a TV series and more of a work of art
- Season 2 is not a Tiny Toon -- it's an excellent and deceptively precise show about the human condition
- The storytelling is dreamlike, which makes it unusually realistic
- Season 2 explores the tension of dreams coming true
- What Donald Glover is doing is really hard, that's why there haven't been imitators
- Glover found a new way to surprise the audience: By making Atlanta into more of a conventional TV show
- "Atlanta is art that announces itself as art, instead of, like so much TV, slinking into the gallery through the doorway marked 'entertainment'"
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Donald Glover says he originally pitched a conventional story for Atlanta, but "I was Trojan-horsing FX"
“I knew what FX wanted from me,” Glover says in a New Yorker profile. “They were thinking it’d be me and Craig Robinson horse-tailing around, and it’ll be kind of like Community, and it’ll be on for a long time. I was Trojan-horsing FX. If I told them what I really wanted to do, it wouldn’t have gotten made.” His brother and Atlanta collaborator, Stephen Glover, adds: “Donald promised, ‘Earn and Al work together to make it in the rough music industry. Al got famous for shooting someone and now he’s trying to deal with fame, and I’ll have a new song for him every week. Darius will be the funny one, and the gang’s going to be all together.’ That was the Trojan horse.”