Donald Glover A.K.A Childish Gambino Creating New Series For FX
“Donald Glover has lined up his followup series to Community. The actor-comedian is set to write, executive produce and play the lead in a half-hour comedy, which has landed at FX for development. Tentatively entitled Atlanta, the comedy is set against the backdrop of the Atlanta music scene. Glover grew up in Atlanta and has an active music career as a hip-hop artist, stage name Childish Gambino. I hear several networks were interested in Atlanta but, in addition to the FX comedy brand, Glover also was attracted by the network’s willingness to accommodate his music touring schedule. Glover is free and clear to topline Atlanta as he is no longer a regular on Community and is set to appear in five of the 13 episodes of the cult NBC comedy’s upcoming fifth season. Last season, Glover was attached in second position to an NBC comedy project penned by Matt Hubbard. Glover, repped by CAA, The Schiff Co. and attorney Lev Ginsburg, started off as a writer on 30 Rock before landing the breakout role on Community as former high school quarterback-turned-air conditioning repair annex recruit Troy Barnes. He also has headlined two standup comedy specials.” – Deadline
While the details are still relatively unknown, this is a huge step for one of my favorite actors/musicians and someone very high on my “Please Host SNL List”. Glover knows comedy. Gambino knows music. What better mix than a comedic show about the Atlanta music scene? FX is a perfect network for a young mind such as Glover’s, as they’ve been known to give show runners creative control over their projects (just ask Louie C.K.). Glover’s series will join an already stacked lineup of original FX shows including Louie, Justified and Sons of Anarchy. One more reason to get excited for the future of TV.