Though Donald Glover will only appear in 5 of the 13 episodes of Community’s upcoming fifth season, it appears that he won’t be off the airwaves for long. Deadline reports that Glover is set to write, executive produce, and star in a half-hour comedy series on FX tentatively titled Atlanta. Apparently there were multiple networks interested in the show, but Glover was enticed by FX’s willingness to accommodate his touring schedule, as Glover cited his commitment to his Childish Gambino music career as one of the reasons he decided to leave Community. The new comedy series is set within the Atlanta music scene, something close to Glover’s heart as an Atlanta native. Hit the jump for more.
Atlanta will continue to be developed at FX, but one imagines the show will actually air on the soon-to-be-launched FXX, a channel designed to showcase the network’s comedies and younger-skewing programming. FX graciously allowed Louis C.K. to take a year off from the brilliant series Louie in order to focus on stand-up, so Glover has likely found a nice fit for his first foray into headlining a series of his own. The actor has experience as a sitcom writer, as he first got his start writing for 30 Rock; the character of Twofer was said to be heavily influenced by Glover’s experiences at NYU.
Glover was previously developing a series loosely based on his life at NBC, but it appears that the sitcom didn’t move forward. There’s no word on when Atlanta might be on the air, but if development continues over the next few months one imagines it could launch next spring alongside the new season of Louie. For now, Glover is due back to shoot the first few episodes of Community soon.