If you were looking forward to the third season of Atlanta as much as I was, get ready to be disappointed!
Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, FX President John Landgraf revealed that season three of Donald Glover’s award-winning comedy Atlanta won’t be returning during 2019, as originally expected. Landgraf did say the writers were working on season three, but there is no date set on production. This news may not be too surprising as co-star Zazie Beetz recently held an interview with IndieWire that the cast’s schedules are “all over the place” and “should be shooting right now, but that’s not happening.” Glover is currently on tour, and the rest of the cast has been busy shooting and promoting movies.
With Atlanta not airing within the Emmys eligibility date (June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019), the Outstanding Comedy race will have an additional slot open for a new and returning show to be nominated. Last years nominees include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (winner), black-ish, Barry, Silicon Valley, GLOW, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Silicon Valley won’t be returning until 2020, so it won’t be in the awards conversation this year. Barry, GLOW, and Curb should be in production right now, but no word if their premiere dates will be before June 1st. Kimmy Schmidt recently released its final six episodes on Netflix, making it eligible.
HBO’s comedy juggernaut Veep is a sure-fire bet to return to the race and battle head-to-head with Mrs. Maisel. The final season premiere of Veep will air sometime this spring, definitely before June 1, but no official date has been announced.
Regarding the absence of Atlanta at the Emmys, Landgraf joked with reporters “If you wanna see me cry, you can just come backstage.” At last years Emmys, Atlanta was nominated comedy for sixteen awards, the most of any comedy series that year, and went on to win three. In 2017, Glover won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. With Atlanta not returning anytime soon, Landgraf, like all of us fans, has plenty to cry about.