After more than a year hiatus Donald Glover is returning in the second season of Atlanta. The 2017 Emmy winner will take place during a time when Earn (Donald Glover) and Alfred aka Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) are going through some changes.
The second season even carries a modified title: Atlanta Robbin’ Season. “Robbin’ Season” referring to the time around Christmas when, for the first time, there is an influx of money in an impoverished area, and people are trying to get that money and also get holiday gifts — which makes people very “tense and desperate” and often causes crime to increase.
Check out the official first teaser for Atlanta Robbin’ Season below:
When discussing how they approached the sophomore season, Glover revealed the primary inspiration from a childhood favorite. “We talked a lot about ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation,’ the Tiny Toons, which was a show we all really liked,” Donald Glover told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Friday. “That was the inspiration for season 2.” Yes, that’s right. Glover is taking inspiration from a genuinely odd but inspired place, adding to his virtuoso artistic method that helped make Atlanta one of the most talked about shows of 2017.
“The episodes were broken up in eight or nine episodes, but you watched them all together and they were a movie and they would play them during the summer together or in installments,” executive producer Stephen Glover says. “We took that idea of a whole story, but being told in a bunch of little parts that will be shown that maybe seem like they’re their own thing, but they all are one thing.” It sounds like Atlanta Robbin’ Season will be just as appreciated (if not more so) when viewed all together as opposed to broken up into episodes.
That’s not all for Donald Glover though, as one of his other projects is a little film called Solo: A Star Wars Story. Recently the young Lando Calrissian spoke up about one of the project’s biggest speed bumps: the exit of the film’s original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel, he said: “It didn’t really [change]. I think we were never faced with anything like that and [Howard] did a good job of coming in and didn’t want us to change what we were doing at all.”
“He wanted us to be comfortable with our vision,” he added. The actor also discussed one scene that Howard had engineered that he found particularly exciting. “I remember going on set one of the first times, he was like, ‘Yeah, I want to follow you onto the Millennium Falcon and do this thing,’” Glover said.
“I was like, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen the outside go into the inside,’” he continued. “He’s like, ‘Yeah, no one’s ever done that shot.’ As a fan, I was really excited. I know there’s been a lot of talk in the press about this movie, but, for me anyway, it was a dream and also it looks really cool to me.”
The second season of Atlanta will bow Thursday, March 1 at 10 pm ET on FX.
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