FX has picked up their Donald Glover comedy pilot Atlanta to series with a ten episode order, TVWise has learned. The series, from FX Productions, is expected to air in 2016.
Atlanta revolves around 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 will play 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.
“Atlanta draws on Donald’s considerable talents as a musician, actor and writer to give us something unique”, said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “The story is made all the more powerful by the great cast and the contributions of Donald’s fellow Executive Producer Paul Simms and director Hiro Murai. We can’t wait to for the debut of Atlanta next year.”
Glover, who is arguably best known for his role on Community, created Atlanta, which has been in development at FX for more than a year. The comedy series is produced by FX Productions and stars Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz. Donald Glover will serve as an executive producer alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.
FX has been busy in the past 24 hours. In addition to picking up Atlanta to series, the network has also handed out a pilot order to Legion, an hour-long drama project from Marvel Television and FX Productions which is being penned by Noah Hawley, who alongside former NBC exec Warren Littlefield, is widely credited with being the “creative force” behind FX’s miniseries franchise Fargo.