We’re Getting 2 More Seasons of Donald Glover’s Atlanta but Not Anytime Soon

FX says production will start next spring

Donald Glover in FX show Atlanta
Season 3 won't air until mid-2020 at the earliest, which will be more than two years since Season 2 ended. Guy D'Alema/FX
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Donald Glover will be making two more seasons of his critically acclaimed series Atlanta, but it’s going to take at least another year before audiences will get a chance to see them.

FX, which had ordered Season 3 of Atlanta in June 2018—shortly after Season 2 aired—has also picked up a fourth season of the series, the network announced today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.

Production on both seasons, which will be eight episodes each, is scheduled to begin next spring. That means the very earliest they would be able to air would be summer or fall of 2020, which means the show will have been off the air for more than two years.

Adweek named Season 2 the No. 2 TV series of 2018.

The lack of Atlanta and drama The Americans (which ended last year) on its schedule last season dented FX’s Emmy nominations tally. The network received 32 nominations overall this year, down from 50 in 2018. Atlanta has won five Emmys, including acting and directing awards for Donald Glover.

FX has had trouble pinning down the in-demand Glover, who also filmed the Amazon movie Guava Island and voiced Simba in this summer’s hit reimagining of The Lion King. But FX Networks chairman John Landgraf has long said that rather than pressure Glover and FX’s other creators to deliver new seasons in a timely manner, he’d rather wait until they are creatively ready to make new episodes.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.