FX has picked up to series Atlanta, its half-hour comedy pilot created by and starring Donald Glover and directed by Hiro Murai. Atlanta, slated for a 2016 premiere, revolves around two cousins — one of them played by actor, writer and musician Glover — on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene. Glover will executive produce the 10-episode series along with Paul Simms (Girls) and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.
“Atlanta draws on Donald’s considerable talents as a musician, actor and writer to give us something unique,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The story is made all the more powerful by the great cast and the contributions of Donald’s fellow executive producer Paul Simms and director Hiro Murai.”
In addition to former Community star and 30 Rock writer Glover, the cast of Atlanta, from FX Prods., also includes Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz.
Atlanta joins HBO’s recently picked up comedy series Brothers In Atlanta, created by and starring Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, directed by Tim Story and produced by Lorne Michaels, which also features music elements.
At FX, Atlanta follows the pickup to series of Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon’s comedy Better Things. The network has yet to start production on the greenlighted comedy series starring Tracy Morgan as the SNL alum recuperates from injury sustained during a 2014 car crash.
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