Donald Glover gets grounded on final season of ‘Atlanta’

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  • Aug 03, 2022

Donald Glover gets grounded on final season of ‘Atlanta’

FILE - Donald Glover arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.  Glover from the very first day of the FX series

FILE – Donald Glover arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. Glover warned the other writers of the FX series “Atlanta” from day one. That would be canceled because of what they wanted to do. It turned out that he was wrong. The series will start its fourth and final season on September 15. (Photo by Ivan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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From day one on “Atlanta,” Donald Glover warned his fellow writers that the show would be canceled because of what was about to happen.

He was wrong.

The buzzy FX series won an Emmy and pushed boundaries for its social commentary and experience when it debuted in 2016. The series will begin its fourth and final season on September 15. The show consists of two episodes of a 10-episode season.

“I feel like this is probably the most fundamental season. It’s going to test people more than ever,” Glover said at Tuesday’s television critics conference. “We kind of live in a time now where you don’t give people the benefit of the doubt, so I feel like it’s a good time to do more research on that.”

Glover writes, directs, executive produces and stars as Oren Marks, a Princeton dropout who manages his rapper cousin as he navigates the Atlanta rap scene.

The show has aired and FX has cited scheduling conflicts to create a large gap between seasons two and three. The second part ended in May 2018 and the third season was released last March.

“Our show started out kind of punk, like no one cared about much,” Glover said. That was my way of thinking anyway, but in the end we cared about a lot. A lot of our lives changed in different ways, so we kind of grew up. “We ended up being a show about people, before whether people mattered.”

The show has been criticized by some black viewers, including those who claim it is inauthentic about the black experience, and Glover has been noted for her portrayal of black female characters.

“I listen to the criticism, but I also think the conversation isn’t as loud as it should be,” Glover said. “It’s a black show on so many levels. To say it’s for white people is like diminishing ourselves. It’s just sad to me.”

Stephen Glover, who writes the show with his older brother, gets a boost from the black audience, telling him that the show has inspired them to “do weirder, weirder things.”

“To me that’s the kind of real conversation that’s happening out there and I’m listening to it,” he said.

Last season aired almost entirely in Europe and consisted of four episodes focusing on individual characters that drew mixed reviews from viewers. Some of that indie element is back this fall, though the show is returning to its hometown.

“To a lot of people it felt like a step out of the way of doing things, but to me it’s just how we’ve always done things,” Stephen Glover said. Maybe people won’t hate us so much this time.”

“If the question is whether we learned our lesson, the answer is no,” added a laughing Donald Glover.

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