Some of the most anticipated titles in FX’s upcoming 2018 slate have been announced with dates set for Atlanta season 2, the series premiere of Trust, and the final season of The Americans. The strong lineup for the cable network is anchored by the return of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Atlanta, the second season of which was delayed until this year due to star and creator Donald Glover’s commitments as Lando Calrissian on the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. But in addition to that, the network is set to premiere the 10-hour limited series Trust, starring Donald Sutherland, and, of course, the final season of the acclaimed series The Americans.
All three shows will premiere in March 2018, with Atlanta hitting at the first of the month and the other two near the end. The timing of Atlanta’s second season will be a shift for the series, which first premiered in September of 2016. While there may be some concern that the series’ time away and the shift to a late winter/early spring start may impact ratings, it would seem that FX is confident the award-winning series and name recognition of Glover will ensure viewers tune in come March 1.
The news was announced in conjunction with the start of FX’s TCA winter press tour presentation that began with network CEO John Landgraf giving another of his well-regarded presentations. As far as the start dates for Atlanta, Trust, and The Americans, you can see them below, along with a brief synopsis of each:
“Atlanta Robbin’ Season” – Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 10 PM ET/PT on FX
In “Atlanta Robbin’ Season,” two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. “Earn Marks” (Donald Glover) is a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. “Alfred Miles” (Brian Tyree Henry) is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. “Darius” (Lakeith Lee Stanfield) is Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary. “Van” (Zazie Beetz) is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter.
“Trust” – Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 10 PM ET/PT on FX
Inspired by actual events, “Trust” delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Equal parts family history, dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money, “Trust” explores the complexities at the heart of every family, rich or poor.
Told over multiple seasons and spanning the 20th century, the series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome. His captors banked on a multi-million-dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Paul’s grandfather, J. Paul Getty Sr. (Donald Sutherland), an enigmatic oil tycoon and possibly the richest man in the world, is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by a harem of mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy.
“The Americans” – Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 10 PM ET/PT on FX
After a particularly fraught mission, Philip and Elizabeth decide to end their tour and take their family home to Russia. However, a game-changing development in one of their ongoing cases forces them to abandon those plans for the sake of the motherland. Now, Paige delves deeper into the family business, even as Philip takes a step back from it. The Jennings struggle to maintain a smokescreen of normalcy, especially around their son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who remains blissfully ignorant of the spies in his midst. Their neighbor and Philip’s best friend, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), has also yet to discover their true identities. Although he’s transferred divisions, Stan remains their greatest threat since his friend and former partner, Agent Dennis Aderholt (Brandon J. Dirden), leads the force tasked with uncovering the Soviet Illegals hiding in plain sight.
With Gorbachev in power in the Soviet Union, the winds of change are sweeping through both Russia and America, creating new perils. A growing rift within the KGB draws disillusioned former officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin) back into the fray, and may set Philip and Elizabeth on opposing sides as the Cold War reaches its boiling point.”
The only new series, Trust, will be one of two Getty family stries to be released within a few months of one another; the first being Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. That film likely received more press for the director’s hasty reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer following allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Spacey. In addition to finding out just how hungry audiences are for two Getty-centric stories, it will be interesting to see how the dueling projects handle the subject matter, and whether or not the extended run time afforded Trust hinders or improves the story.
At any rate, it appears, FX has an impressive line-up coming our way in March. With Atlanta back after an extended hiatus and Trust premiering, it’s important not to overlook the start of The Americans’ final season. A favorite among critics, the series looks set to bring the story of the Jennings family to a close, and with it one of the very best dramas on television in the last few years.
Atlanta season 2 premieres Thursday, March 1, while the series premiere of Trust is Sunday, March 25. The final season of The Americans begins Wednesday, March 28 on FX.