Donald Glover finesse FX to pick up Atlanta
Actor/rapper/writer/ and comedian Donald Glover who also goes by the rap moniker Childish Gambino is a modern-day renaissance man. The rapper from Stone Mountain, Ga has evolved from putting out mixtapes to being a co-star on a NBC hit show to creating his own hit series Atlanta that airs on FX.
The show Atlanta is a hit show with only one season under its belt. The shows’ creator, writer, producer, and actor of the series Donald Glover recently sat down with The New Yorker on how he got FX to acquire his show.
“I knew what FX wanted from me,” said the former Community star. “They were thinking it’d be me and Craig Robinson horse-tailing around, and it’ll be kind of like Community, and it’ll be on for a long time. I was Trojan-horsing FX. If I told them what I really wanted to do, it wouldn’t have gotten made.
Donald’s brother Stephen, who is also his collaborator talks about how they pitched the idea to FX and how he reminds Gambino that the network did not want the show Donald promised, ‘Earn and Al work together to make it in the rough music industry. Al got famous for shooting someone and now he’s trying to deal with fame, and I’ll have a new song for him every week. Darius will be the funny one, and the gang’s going to be all together.’ That was the Trojan horse,” he said.
“Steve always reminds me, ‘FX didn’t want to do this show — you had to beg them. F— them!’ I like [John Landgraf], I’ve learned a lot from him, but FX is a business,” explains Childish Gambino. “It’s not there to make some kid from Stone Mountain, Georgia’s dreams come true.”
Checkout Donald Glover’s interview with The New Yorker
Season 2 of Atlanta airs Thursday March 1st at 10 pm on FX and the trailer is below