UPDATE 2: Commercials for Atlanta are finding their way onto FX now. Check out this clip featuring Donald Glover, Lakeith Stanfield, and Bryan Tyree Henry that aired after the finale of The People vs. O.J. Simpson last night below:
UPDATE: A trailer/cast interview for Atlanta has found its way online. Donald Glover, Isaiah Whitlock Jr., Keith Stanfield, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz are on hand to talk about the show and introduce some clips. Peep below:
After months of speculation and buildup, Donald Glover’s highly anticipated FX series Atlanta is premiering this summer. As the creator, executive producer, and star of the show, Glover is starting up the press tour, where The Hollywood Reporter says that he told the Television Critics Association that he always wanted to make “Twin Peaks with rappers.” The show will follow Earnest “Earn Marks (Glover) as he returns to Atlanta in time to be pulled into the rap game as his cousin blows up.
Born and raised in Georgia, Glover (according to Deadline) called Atlanta “the Black Mecca” and “the most American place” based on the hustle and grind of the community: “Everybody there is like ‘Yo, I got a verse’. Everybody is trying to make something from nothing.” The n-word inevitably came up, and Glover seems to be taking the same approach as Aaron McGruder when it comes to using it on TV: “That’s how people talk. It’s just the way it is. Trying to pretend that people don’t talk like that, like I don’t, it’s kind of silly. I feel like if we ignore that, people would immediately turn on the television and not know what world they’re on.”
Glover got his start on television writing for 30 Rock before taking on the role of Troy Barnes on Community for five seasons and simultaneously blowing up in the hip-hop world as rapper Childish Gambino. Finding a way to bridge his two passions has been Glover’s top priority, especially since he’s been approached for projects left and right: “It’s kind of the perfect time to make something that I would want to see,” he said. TV viewing has spread out across platforms, and he wants to tap into what makes that experience special. “There’s more screens that have to be filled,” he continued. It’s “the perfect time to combine everything that media kind of is right now.” The show is so personal that Glover and his writers brainstorm ideas at his house while surfing the Web: “I’ve been keeping them very close and tight and secret because I just want to make sure they’re perfect.”
The show also stars Keith Stanfield, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Zadie Beetz. The pilot will be directed by music video director Hiro Murai and is set to drop this summer.