FX certainly gives its creators the time they need to create. At the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, FX CEO John Landgraf gave a few updates on some of the network’s most popular series, all of which basically amounted to “shruggy shoulders emoji until further notice.” The biggest news concerned Donald Glover‘s stellar Atlanta, which won’t be returning for a third season soon enough to be considered for the 2019 Emmy Awards. (The deadline is May 31, 2019).
Landgraf noted [via Deadline] that the writers room is back breaking stories, but the delay comes down to Glover’s increasingly busy schedule as both actor and musician, as well as personal issues.
“Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life,” Landgraf said. “He’s had personal things he’s had to deal with, from injuries to other things I’d rather not say publicly that just have to do with not with his personal life but his extended family.”
Ryan Murphy‘s FX empire is also in a bit of a dead zone as the mega-producer readies his move to Netflix. There’s “3 to 4 ideas” being bandied about for a follow-up to the massively successful American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but it will not be a season based on 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Originally, that idea—adapted from Douglas Brinkley‘s book The Great Deluge—was to be American Crime Story‘s follow-up to The People v. O.J. Simpson but got swapped for Versace, an Emmy-winning move. Back in 2017, American Crime Story: Katrina underwent a “creative pivot” as Dennis Quaid, Annette Bening, and Matthew Broderick left the project.
Similarly, Murphy’s Feud isn’t exactly dead in the water, but will not be going forward with a season 2 centered on Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. This was already the expected move, but Landgraf noted that the series—which followed the tempestuous relationship between Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) in season 1—will proceed when Murphy “gets inspired by something.”