By Will Ashton
Donald Glover revealed recently that he would only appear in 5 of the upcoming 13 episodes of Community‘s fifth season. But Glover doesn’t plan to stay away from TV for too long.
Deadline revealed today that Glover will be writing, starring in and executive producing the upcoming FX series tentatively titled Atlanta. The new series will be set in the Atlanta music scene, which means a great deal to Glover as an Atlanta native.
Apparently, multiple stations were interested in the series, but Glover was enticed by FX’s open schedule, which would accommodate with his touring schedule as his music alter ego Childish Gambino. His Childish Gambino career was the reason why he decided to leave Community.
We’ve seen an example of FX’s flexibility recently when they allowed Louis C.K. to take a yearlong break between seasons 3 and 4 of his series Louie, so that C.K. could focus on his stand-up career.
Glover has had past experience as a sitcom writer, as he got his start as a writer on 30 Rock. Glover was, at one point, developing a series with NBC that would be loosely based on his life, but appears that that show is no longer happening. There’s no word on when Glover’s new show is expected to air, but one could imagine that it would be launching in the spring alongside the new season of Louie.
Glover will soon be shooting his final episodes on Community.