Atlanta fans have already been waiting since 2018 for new episodes of the Donald Glover comedy-drama series, but now they'll have to wait even longer for season 3 to finally land.
FX confirmed back in June 2018 that the Emmy Award-winning Atlanta would be back for a third season, but the network's president John Landgraf has now confirmed that the show will not be returning to air in January 2021, as was previously planned.
Instead, the show will now return to production in "the first half of 2021" and has no season 3 premiere date set, with Landgraf calling news of the delay "heartbreaking" (via TV Guide).
Atlanta stars Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz, and follows college dropout Earnest 'Earn' Marks (Glover) as he takes charge of his cousin Alfred's (Henry) rap career as Paper Boi.
Season two ended with Earn, Paper Boi and Darius (Stanfield) on a flight as they prepared to travel to Europe for an international tour.
But while fans will be waiting for a while longer yet to see what happens next, there was some good news too as it was confirmed that both the third and fourth seasons of Atlanta have already been written. The show is now planning to film both new seasons back-to-back.
"One of the things that's been kind of an unexpected boon from COVID-19 was that writers have had a lot of time to write," Landgraf added.
"Donald Glover and his intrepid team of partners have written everything for season 3 and 4. It is the intent to shoot them all at one time, essentially back to back."
According to Landgraf, one of the new seasons will be filmed mostly in Europe and the other will be filmed in Atlanta.
The boss also explained that the delay was to ensure the cast and crew could return to work safely, and also to allow for coordinating the cast's schedules so that they're available to now film two seasons at once.
Since the premiere of Atlanta, the show's cast quickly went on to star in a wealth of projects, with Glover featuring in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Disney's live-action The Lion King while Stanfield has been seen in Get Out, Uncut Gems and Knives Out too.
Atlanta's first two seasons are available to stream on Hulu in the US.
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