The third season of Atlanta is delayed and could miss out on this year's Emmys. The series was a major contender at the past two Primetime Emmy Awards, having won five awards thus far. Most notably, Donald Glover took home the win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the show's debut season.
Atlanta, created by Glover, first premiered in 2016 to critical acclaim. Glover also serves as the series' lead star, Earn, a college dropout navigating daily life in Atlanta as he transitions into the role of manager for his rapper cousin (Brian Tyree Henry). Atlanta's supporting cast includes Zazie Beetz and Lakeith Stanfield.
As Atlanta's second season closed out in May of last year, fans have been eager to learn when the series would return. That wait may get a little longer, according to FX's CEO John Landgraf (via Deadline). He shared the news at TCA that Atlanta's third season is indeed delayed, which will most likely cause the series to sit out the Emmys this year. There's also a strong possibility that Atlanta won't return until 2020. Landgraf stated that the cast's schedules were in part to blame. He also emphasized that the network is prioritizing quality over quantity.
“Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life. He’s had personal things he’s had to deal with, from injuries to other things I’d rather not say publicly that just have to do with not with his personal life but his extended family.”
Glover has been a very busy man as of late. After appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story as a young Lando Calrissian, his stardom skyrocketed even further. The in-demand actor also scored a voice role in Disney's upcoming remake of The Lion King which is set to hit theaters this July. Glover's acting schedule is in addition to his successful music career as Childish Gambino. His latest tour, This Is America, took a major chunk of his time last year, and he still has dates to make up after an injury caused multiple postponements. Glover isn't the only one with other projects, Henry joined the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong, while Beetz is busy with the upcoming Joker film.
Considering Glover serves as the writer, director, executive producer, and star of Atlanta, the series certainly can't move forward without his full involvement. Even if Atlanta doesn't return until next year, it'll be worth the wait. Glover puts his heart and soul into the series, which has been praised for its methods of tackling social commentary. Despite the comedic tone, Atlanta never shies away from serious subject matter. There's no doubt that Atlanta will come back swinging when the third season finally arrives.