Production of the third season of "Atlanta" is expected to begin in early 2021, but it is unclear when the season will premiere.
Donald Glover, "Atlanta"
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The long wait for the third season of "Atlanta" is … far from over. Although the show was originally scheduled for January 2021, the ongoing production hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic means that work on the third season of "Atlanta" cannot resume until next year.
John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a press conference on Wednesday that the Atlanta team intends to resume production in early 2021. The season will be released later in the year, although no specific release date has been given.
There's a silver lining: Landgraf said the writers of "Atlanta" have been prolific over the past few months, writing all of the upcoming third and fourth seasons of the show. The third and fourth seasons of "Atlanta" are filmed in a row, which was the original production schedule for 2019. Landgraf also thanked "Donald Glover and His Intrepid Team" for their paperwork during the pandemic.
On the series Earn, Glover plays a young man who tries to help his rapper cousin start his career while working to improve the lives of himself and his daughter. Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz also star on the show. Glover is also executive producer and director for the first two seasons.
Although production has been delayed due to the pandemic, planning is another factor as Landgraf says the cast will have to work an unusually long route to produce two seasons at a time.
"Atlanta" Season 3 was originally ordered in June 2018, less than a month after the show's season two ended. Before the coronavirus shut down most Hollywood productions, the long gap between "Atlanta" seasons 2 and 3 was attributed to Glover's busy schedule. Glover recently starred as Simba in Disney's live-action remake of "The Lion King," and released his fourth studio album in March.
"Atlanta" has been a tremendous hit for FX since the 2016 season one premiere and received heavy critical acclaim. Glover won an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show. IndieWire praised the second season of Atlanta as the second best show of 2018 for its cross-border comedy.