FX Donald Glover Rap Pilot ‘Atlanta’ Gets Official Order
It’s been a good long while since ‘Community’ star Donald Glover was announced to develop an FX comedy based on the Atlanta rap scene, but ‘Atlanta’ is here at last. The cable network has officially ordered a pilot episode for Glover’s new series, releasing a few new plot details as well.
Written by and starring Glover, who himself grew up in the titular city and maintains a rap career as Childish Gambino, FX’s ‘Atlanta’ follows two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy. Glover plays “Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks,” a college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star.
Glover will also act as the show’s executive producer, along with Paul Simms (‘Girls,’ ‘Flight of the Conchords’), and Dianne McGunigle of Schiff Company. FX has made a strong push into comedy in recent years, with Jay Baruchel’s ‘Man Seeking Woman,’ Billy Crystal and Josh Gad’s ‘The Comedians,’ Zach Galifianakis’ and Louis C.K.’s ‘Baskets,’ and Denis Leary’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ all upcoming.
It might be a while yet before we get any real taste of ‘Atlanta’'s flavor, but what do you think? Would you be interested to see what Donald Glover comes up with for his own series?