Fans of the Donald Glover created original comedy series Atlanta can rejoice in the fact that filming on the program’s second season is slated to start later this year. Centering around two cousins native to the eponymous Georgia city, the FX show saw Glover struggling to come into his own in the Atlanta rap scene while simultaneously seeking self-improvement and professional fulfillment.
Bearing more than a few passing resemblances to Glover’s own real-life career as popular recording artist Childish Gambino, actor Brian Tyree Henry plays the fictional up-and-coming rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Myles to Glover’s haphazardly shrewd manager Earnest “Earn” Marks. The ways in which Atlanta served to upend and critique several aspects of popular culture – specifically within the contemporary urban rap scene – made it a fast favorite among many television viewers, and the latest word has season two set to begin filming in the near future.
According to EW, the second season of Atlanta is on schedule to begin filming this September, according to statements made by series mainstay Brian Tyree Henry, or “Paper Boi” for short. After being honored with a Peabody Award at the eponymous ceremony in New York this past Saturday evening – in addition to winning the award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes – the Glover created show is on a bit of a hot streak as production commences on its 2018 return.
Speaking to his own enthusiasm for getting to work on season two, Henry had nothing but kind things to say about Atlanta and working with Glover, though it remains to be seen what shenanigans the series’ main cast will get up to next. Discussing what’s next for the show, Henry stated:
“We’re gonna start in September, actually, and we’re going to crank it out. We have no idea what’s going to happen, but that’s the excitement of it. That was the best part about the first season: just showing up and seeing like, what the hell is going to happen to these characters on a given day. So, I have no idea and I like it that way, actually.
What I do hope is that we continue to show these characters growing together, continue to show these characters having fun together, continue to show these characters that are trying to make it, and I really hope that the viewers relate to that. I hope that y’all have as much fun as we did when we made it, that it’s still received the same way if not more. All we can do is go and play and really tell these stories, but we have no idea what’s coming up.”
Granted, Glover has a tight film schedule on his plate – with starring roles in the upcoming standalone Han Solo movie, lending his voice to the role of Simba in The Lion King remake, and executive producing the recently announced Deadpool animated series for FXX. That being said, season two of Atlanta will also be allotted some of the Hollywood A-lister’s time and energy later this Fall, thus paving the way for the return of the program in 2018.
Atlanta season two will air on FX in 2018.