The much-anticipated third season of Donald Glover’s award-winning comedy Atlanta finally has a release date. The outlandish show will be returning to screens almost four years after the conclusion of its second season in 2018, airing via FX on March 24.
Despite the title, the upcoming season of Atlanta is set and filmed almost entirely in Europe, following Paper Boi (played by Brian Tyree Henry) as he struggles to adjust to newfound success amid a successful tour.
Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) will return as Earn, alongside LaKeith Stanfield as Darius, and Zazie Beetz as Van.
“We are thrilled to have Atlanta back with a new season on March 24,” says FX Entertainment president Eric Schrier in a statement shared with the Hollywood Reporter. “Once again, Donald Glover, the producers and stellar cast have delivered another signature season synonymous with the excellence that makes Atlanta so great.”
Season three will also stream on Hulu the day after it appears on FX. The long-awaited premiere date follows a series of writing and production delays, partly due to Glover’s schedule and (of course) the coronavirus pandemic.
An initial teaser was shared for Atlanta season three last month, in the form of an ominous video shared by Glover (watch below). “They’re actually in production right now on season four in Atlanta,” FX chairman John Landgraf said at the time. “And all of the scripts for season four have been written. I absolutely adore those scripts for both seasons.”
Earlier in 2021, Donald Glover spoke out about the “boring stuff” currently being produced in TV and film, in a series of since-deleted tweets. “We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes (?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled,” he went on. “So they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (Also because some of em know they’re not that good).”
Elsewhere, he made some bold claims about the upcoming seasons of Atlanta, writing that they’re “going to be some of the best television ever made… Sopranos only ones who can touch us”.