Donald Glover's new show Atlanta was one of the most highly-anticipated premieres of the fall television season, and to say it exceeded expectations would be an understatement. After airing just a few episodes so far, FX has picked the show up for a second, 10-episode season.
FX says that the show, which had been in development for years, "is the best premiere of any basic-cable primetime scripted debut in more than three years" in the coveted 18-49 demo. Additionally, it is the most-watched new comedy on television for the demo since April 2014. Since premiering, the show has maintained or built on its audience in the key demos.
The network also renewed fellow freshman comedy Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon. Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming for FX said, “It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX’s award-winning brand. It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers, which is a credit to Donald Glover’s vision for Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s vision for Better Things. They, along with their spectacular casts, writers and directors, have created exceptional shows that we are incredibly proud to produce.”
While Black Twitter may have fallen off from live-tweeting Scandal, it looks like Atlanta is where it's at and we are super excited that it'll be back next year.
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While we are only two weeks and three episodes in to its first season, Donald Glover's Atlanta is THAT show. Seriously. Don't believe us? Watch it yourself.
The acting is amazing, the storylines are epic and it is arguably the most authentically modern black experience on television.
Not to mention, the music.....the music!
hearing kodak black + shabazz palaces / seeing Quavo....this is the tv we need dawg. #AtlantaFx
— X. (@_websterX) September 14, 2016
On Tuesday night's episode, Paper Boi (Brian Tyre Henry) and Darius (Keith Stanfield) find themselves in the woods amidst a drug deal with "the migos." We didn't think it until we actually saw it, but he literally meant...Migos – Quavo, Offset and Takeoff.
In an interview with Complex, Quavo says he's always had a good relationship with Glover, so of course he had to appear. When asked had he thought about acting, the rapper said, "I really ain’t seen [the finished episode yet] so I really can’t tell you what I want to do. I want to see it and then can tell you like, 'I want to further this sh*t.' But hell yeah if that shit looking crazy, n***a, sign me up for something else, I’m ready."
He said he's a 90s baby, so that may be why you hear certain references in their songs. "That’s why you hear Mortal Kombat or Home Alone in all our lyrics because we grew up watching that sh*t."
Aside from a potential Migos-Gambino collaboration, which would sound so promising, Quavo is hoping that they will appear on the show some more, saying, "If they call me back. Hopefully I did a good job and the people say this episode is the best episode and say 'Bring Quavo back, bring The Migos back.'"
Twitter couldn't take it after seeing the group's appearance in Atlanta.
Give 'em all the awards, just to be honest.
Migos???? Acting?? On tv???? Get Childish Gambino an Emmy
— Krystal Klear (@Aviator_Floyd) September 14, 2016
It's been confirmed. Quavo is the Beyonce of Migos.
Quavo really the beyonce of the Migos. This really confirmed it. No one else even talked
— Ben Schwifty (@CHILLmeister_) September 14, 2016
Quavo really is the Beyoncé of the Migos. #AtlantaFX
— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) September 14, 2016
Let's just add him to the cast.
Gotta bring Quavo DiCaprio back every episode #AtlantaFX
— Fox the Finnesser (@itsmissfox) September 14, 2016
What a time to be alive.
A nationally broadcast television show played Spray the Champagne by Migos and I am beyond overjoyed.
— Langston Taylor (@LangstonITaylor) September 14, 2016
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Atlanta is perfect. I don't mean perfect in the pristine, clinically symmetrical way. This show is perfect because it holds a mirror up to reality.
"Back at it, craftmatic, all I know is mathematics..."
I instantly recognize the opening salvo to Atlanta. It's "No Hook" by OJ da Juiceman on Juice World 2. I was first introduced to this street anthem during a summer at my cousin's house in Riverdale, Georgia. The song was literally a part of the city's soundtrack. OJ was a cornerstone of the early trap movement, in cahoots with Gucci Mane La Flare himself. It's this kind of nuance that gives the show it's legs. There are things that only a person who truly lived the experience in the city would know, and this song is one of them.
Atlanta is based on a deeply intrinsic understanding of being young and black today – especially in Atlanta, GA and surrounding southern cities. It is a collection, or collage, of very specific, yet universal parts of black life weaving seamlessly in and out of each other. They thread back and forth, weaving a tapestry that feels too familiar to be fake.
I know every main and supporting character in Atlanta upon meeting them instantly – because they're real. They are my friends, parents, relatives and acquaintances; most importantly, they're me. I'm not an Atlanta native, but I am an Atlanta resident, and I'm related to too many Atlanta natives to count. This show is more than just nods to the city in a series of homages. Of course there are moments like that.
Like trips to JR Crickets for lemon pepper wings.
But more importantly, they are moments that truly exist in black Atlanta life for many of us, and even more present are the general experiences that all of us know. Atlanta literally jam-packs these realities back to back at a pace that feels like watching a documentary more than a television series. From relationships with the people we know, to community norms on homophobia and mental health – it's all there. Even the random moments in life that have no explanation, like a man in a suit on the bus asking you to bite a sandwich, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's even time to get an n-word conversation in that doesn't feel like a PSA or after school special.
Finally, as a self proclaimed blerd, there is a recognition that I have watching the character Earn Marks. That's the black nerd experience I know. The generally smart – even went to an ivy league school, but I'm black as black gets experience. There is no mutually exclusive interest or hobby that separates him from blackness. That's how I've always felt about being a black nerd, and this is the first time it's been on my TV screen.
Atlanta's first two episodes are promising in a way that a television experience for the black millennial hasn't been, in my opinion, ever. There's literally so much more to unpack in the series this far (like the detailed depiction of our cultural ties to rap music), that I'm going to be rewatching several times before the next one airs. Where else would you see the cop that locked Gucci take a pic with the neighborhood rap star, other than real life? But after seeing it twice, I'm still able to confidently say, there's never been anything this authentically black, to me, on television.
Atlanta airs every Tuesday at 10 pm on FX.
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Donald Glover's return to TV is highly anticipated, and the brief teaser promo for his upcoming project Atlanta has had all of us wondering exactly what kind of show it was going to be. But the official trailer above has dialogue and showcases some character dynamics in a way we haven't yet seen.
The show is classified as a comedy, but has a serious tone that conveys some key messages Glover wanted to tackle. Although the show follows two cousins looking to come up in Atlanta's rap scene, it's clear there are deeper messages he's trying to portray.
At the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, Glover said that the thesis of Atlanta was to convey how it feels to be black. And commenting on the darker tone of the comedy and why that was important to him, he said, "I always want people to be scared, because that's kind of how it feels to be black."
Atlanta will premiere on September 6 on FX at 10 p.m. ET.
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Donald Glover is waking up, literally. Glover hasn't been on our television regularly since Community, but the boy is back and better than ever. We saw the first promo not too long ago, and FX is pushing go on the marketing campaign leading up to Atlanta's premiere date.
Atlanta stars Donald as main character Earn Marks, a guy in Atlanta trying to make it in the rap game. Sound familiar? His supporting cast is dope, literally. Lakeith Lee Stansfield, who was in Dope, Zazie Beetz, and Brian Tyree Henry are some of the actors in the series.
Atlanta premiers September 6th at 10 PM on FX.
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