Donald Glover to Write, Produce and Star in FX Comedy Series ‘Atlanta’

By August 6, 2013

Donald Glover

Not too long ago, we learned that Donald Glover’s presence on the forthcoming fifth season of the NBC comedy series “Community” would be reduced significantly. It was reported the actor, writer, producer, comedian and rapper will only show up in five of the 13 ordered episodes for the season so he can focus more on his musical career under his alias Childish Gambino. Now we have another reason.

Deadline has word that Glover is set to write, executive produce and star in a new half-hour comedy series called “Atlanta” on the FX network. The series is set in the heart of the Atlanta music scene where Glover grew up and likely found inspiration for his lower profile (but still impressive) rapping career. FX landed the series after their willingness to work with Glover’s touring schedule, so his desire to focus more on his musical career wasn’t just an excuse.

In case you’re not aware, Glover is also an accomplished stand-up comedian with a couple Comedy Central appearances under his belt, including his hour-long special Weirdo, which you can watch in full right here:

Aside from Community, Glover is no stranger to working behind the scenes on TV.  The comedian won an Emmy as a writer on “3o Rock” from 2008-2009, in addition to doing tons of improv work with his friends in Derrick Comedy, who made the hilarious indie film Mystery Team a few years ago. Glover can currently be seen in The To-Do List starring Aubrey Plaza, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do with his own show, especially on a network like FX which has become a haven for edgy comedy series.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.