PASADENA, California — Sorry, “Atlanta” fans: The Golden Globe-winning FX comedy isn’t returning until 2018.
The announcement was made during the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday. According to FX, the show’s second season will be delayed due to Glover’s production schedule on the upcoming “Star Wars” standalone Han Solo movie. Glover is set to play young Lando Calrissian in the film set for a 2018 release.
As a result, “Atlanta,” which was originally set to return this year, will debut for season two in 2018.
Additionally, the network told reporters that it had just closed an overall production deal with Glover. Under the deal, he will develop television series for FX Networks, other networks, and streaming services, in addition to serving as executive producer, writer, director, and star of “Atlanta.”
“‘Atlanta’ was just the beginning, the breakout comedy of the year and a series revered as much for its originality as its honest look at the experience of being aspiring, young, and black in that legendary city,” FX’s Original Programming President Nick Grad said in a statement. “We’re proud to partner with Donald in an overall deal that will allow him to continue turning his creative vision into incredible television.”
About 1.1 million viewers tuned into the show’s premiere episode last September. On Sunday, “Atlanta” was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press with Golden Globe awards for best actor for Glover and best comedy. Business Insider named the comedy its top TV show of 2016.
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