Nearly four years since the conclusion of its second season, FX’s “Atlanta” is making its highly anticipated return. The Emmy award-winning show from the mind of Donald Glover, an Atlanta native, received a quick renewal for a third season and was expected to return in 2019, but plans seem to have gone a little off course as FX recently announced a release date of March 24, 2022.
In the show, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, an ivy-league dropout and music manager trying to make it in the rap scene with his rapper cousin Paper Boi. At the start, he is mostly broke as he struggles to raise a son with his ex-girlfriend, but when Paper Boi lands a hit single, Earn starts chasing down opportunities. Along their journey, they encounter various social and economical issues concerning race, poverty, status, and parenthood.
Critics loved the creative combination of comedy, drama, and surrealism, and the show won two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award in its first couple seasons. Glover also won many individual accolades and was praised for his fantastic work as both a star actor and creator.
The unfortunate delay between seasons was simply the result of Glover’s mass popularity. His projects range from directing and starring in his own movie with Rihanna to touring the world with a No. 1 song under his rap alias Childish Gambino. His schedule kept him too busy to return to “Atlanta” until 2020 which then got pushed back another year due to COVID.
Fortunately for fans, season 4 was filmed subsequently after season 3 filming finished, so viewers can expect a much shorter break between seasons as the fourth season is set to release later this year or early 2023!