Atlanta creator, Golden Globe-winner and all-around renaissance man Donald Glover has launched into 2017 at full speed by signing an overall television production deal with FX Productions. Under the deal, Glover will develop television series for FX Networks, as well as continue to write, produc, direct and star in his hit series Atlanta. Nick Grad, Co-President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, released this statement in regards to the deal:
Donald is a remarkable artist, effortlessly shifting from actor to writer, producer, director and musician to create one amazing project after another. Atlanta was just the beginning, the breakout comedy of the year and a series revered as much for its originality as its honest look at the experience of being aspiring, young and black in that legendary city. We’re proud to partner with Donald in an overall deal that will allow him to continue turning his creative vision into incredible television.
Atlanta was FX’s most highly rated comedy in the network’s history, and received multiple awards including a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Television Series. Glover himself won Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, as well as a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Needless to say, it’s going to be a champagne year for the talented actor, producer and director. Sadly, Atlanta won’t return for its previously announced second season until that champagne year is over—per THR, the show won’t return until 2018 so Glover can play Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo-focused Star Wars stand-alone film.
FX has also announced the renewal of two additional installments of the hit series American Horror Story. The previously announced seventh installment will air sometime this year from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. With confirmed eighth and ninth seasons to come, we can safely expect a solid several more years of the multi-award-winning AHS. The seventh season theme is expected to be announced some time this spring, though fans have speculated that it may be something involving water.
Ryan Murphy’s new limited series FEUD: Bette and Joan is set to premier on Sunday, Mar. 5 at 10 p.m. EST on FX. FEUD will tell the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon). The plot sounds interesting, though honestly we are way more excited to see the inevitable acting chemistry between Lange and the great Sarandon.
Paste’s favorite show of 2016, The Americans, will return for its fifth season on Tuesday, Mar. 7, at 10 p.m. Archer will move to FXX for its eighth season, premiering Wednesday, April 5, at 10 p.m.