FX has ordered 10 episodes of half-hour comedy Atlanta from Donald Glover, making the upcoming series his first major TV project since leaving the acerbic comedy Community in 2014. Glover will write, co-executive produce, and star in Atlanta, which is being billed as a show about "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene." The subject matter's a natural fit for Glover, an actor with a thriving hip-hop side hustle; he's made two albums and two EPs as Childish Gambino, one of which (2013's Because the Internet) peaked within Billboard's top 10 albums.
Glover's enjoyed a successful 2015, even without a role on Community's Yahoo-hosted sixth season or a major musical endeavor. He had parts in two of this year's most talked-about movies, Magic Mike XXL and The Martian, and he stumbled into the Marvel Cinematic Universe through a back door by voicing Miles Morales' Spider-Man on Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man.
TV's ready for another show about family, race, and the music business
Atlanta is still a largely unknown quantity, but it sounds like Glover's best opportunity yet to unite all of his varied talents — acting, writing, rapping — and it's going to happen in a context where he'll have almost complete creative control. And it's hard to imagine a more hospitable TV climate for a show about family, race, and the music business — if you haven't noticed, Fox's Empire is taking other shows' ratings and lighting them on fire every week. Glover might just have another hit in that vein come this time next year.