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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Atlanta unveils its official trailer for Season2' "Robbin' Season"
Atlanta Robbin' Season premieres on March 2.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
In defense of TV’s revival craze
“There has been a surge in revivals, but that is because there has been a surge in every kind of scripted television programming,” says Daniel W. Drezner, pointing to the record 487 scripted shows on television last year, a small portion of which were reboots and revivals. “With this kind of growth,” he adds, “it is not surprising to see a secular increase in all kinds of shows: adaptations from comic books, adaptations from comic strips, dramedies, gritty sci-fi, zombies, doctor dramas, maudlin dramas that don’t like Crock-Pots, brilliant and inventive comedies that defy definition and yes, revivals.” He adds: “I get why critics don’t like this — they have to review all this stuff. But from the consumer’s perspective, it is a mistake to think that a Will & Grace comeback will somehow prevent another Atlanta from emerging. There isn’t a scarcity problem for television in 2018. And for all the laments about the lack of creativity, let me suggest that one of the most original hour of television last year came from a reboot of Twin Peaks.” ALSO: Viewers say stop the reboot insanity!
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Donald Glover confirms plans to retire Childish Gambino
After winning his first Grammy, the Atlanta star said his upcoming fourth studio album will be his last using the name Childish Gambino.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Hip-hop has become the status quo on TV
Shows from Empire to Atlanta to The Chi help prove that “hip-hop’s broad influence on American pop culture has defied countless predictions that a nervous white mainstream would never fully embrace a trend born out of the urban, black experience,” says Lorraine Ali. “Consider hip-hop’s television takeover. Today, rappers are not only backing films about the black experience, but also are creating, producing and starring in top-rated cable and network series and breaking out of music categories at film and television award shows.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Watch a preview of Atlanta Robbin Season
Donald Glover offers a one-minute glimpse of Atlanta’s second season.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 6:37PM EST
Donald Glover: Atlanta Season 2 found inspiration in Tiny Toons Adventures
Glover said the TV movie Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which was created by splicing together four episodes of the animated series, served as an inspiration for Season 2. “If you watched them all together, they were a movie,” he said at the TV press tour. “We kind of took that idea of a whole story, but being told in a bunch of little parts that could be a show.” He added: “You enjoy them if they’re together, but you can also enjoy them in little bits.” Glover also explained why the second season has been dubbed “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” ALSO: Glover welcomes his second child.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX sets March return dates for Atlanta and The Americans
Donald Glover’s acclaimed comedy returns for its second season on March 1, while The Americans kicks off its final season on March 28. Danny Boyle’s Trust, meanwhile, will premiere on March 25.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 5:32PM EST
FX could be a victim of the Disney-21st Century Fox merger
“FX owns one of the most prestigious track records in all of cable,” says Steven Zeitchik, yet “no one seems to know where it will fall” in the aftermath of the Disney-21st Century Fox consolidation. FX won 18 Emmys last year, the most-ever for a basic cable channel. “But it is also a niche channel that rarely scores more than a few million viewers for its shows and regularly engages in the kind of critic- and award-friendly material Disney has shown little appetite for,” says Zeitchik. On the one hand, FX’s identity for upscale and prestigious shows and its relationship with highly regarded showrunners like Ryan Murphy may help Disney compete with Netflix. On the other hand, there’s a chance FX can lose its identity as Disney seeks shows with more mass appeal. “FX has been responsible for some really great television, but these are shows that, relatively speaking, don’t get a lot of viewers,” Zeitchik quotes cable expert Cory Barker as saying. “And it seems everything Disney continues to do is move toward its big-property, profit-maximization strategy.” Barker adds: “It’s hard to see where FX fits in.”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
When will Atlanta return for Season 2?
Filming has apparently wrapped, but Lakeith Stanfield has been teasing his Instagram followers with dates ranging from April 2018 to February 2020.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
In defense of “boring” old-fashioned joke-telling sitcoms
Acclaimed traditional sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore and Fresh Off the Boat are often damned with faint praise, says John Schneider. Because they look conventional, they aren’t seen as boundary-pushing as shows like Atlanta and Bojack Horseman. “But this perception glosses over the fact that those conventions evolved for a reason,” says Schneider, “and they often allow traditional sitcoms to tell more resonant stories than more overtly innovative shows. Jokes are only the most obvious such convention. A series like Master of None and Atlanta will often go for entire scenes without anything resembling a joke. In many cases, this makes the dialogue feel more realistic, and can often set up bigger laughs later in the episode. But often, the lack of jokes in prestige comedies feels self-aware, a way of telling you this scene is supposed to be important. On the other hand, the comfortable patter of a sitcom like Brooklyn Nine-Nine allows them to sneak in discussions of issues like the NYPD’s credibility and racial profiling without feeling preachy."
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Hip-hop has been the subject of some of the most inventive TV in recent years
Pop music critic Jon Caramanica sat down with Questlove to discuss how hip-hop has influenced television, especially with shows like Atlanta, Empire and The Get Down.
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Atlanta puts out a casting call for “white trash” extras
An Atlanta casting call for the FX series is seeking “very tan caucasians” and “trashy white characters.” The show is “casting white people with the ability to portray ‘charactery white trash’ types."
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 10:40PM EDT
How This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown and Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry became BFFs
The two TV stars have known each other for more than a decade, ever since they starred in a play together, dressed in drag.
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
TV salaries revealed: Robert De Niro will make $774,000 per episode
De Niro leads all drama actors, at least per episode, for his upcoming Amazon series, which has yet to have a title. On the comedy side, The Big Bang Theory stars are on top, earning $900,000 per episode. On the low end, Donald Glover makes $75,000 per episode for Atlanta and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley each make $40,000 per episode of This Is Us.
TOPICS: Amazon, CBS, FX, Netflix, Atlanta, Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Chrissy Metz, Dave Chappelle, Donald Glover, Justin Hartley, Robert De Niro, Diversity, TV Salaries, Women and TV