The gaps have been gaping, but now “Atlanta” fans can quit worrying:
Yes, there will be a third season. And, for that matter, a fourth. Each will be eight episodes, with the back-to-back filming beginning next spring.
Donald Glover’s hand-crafted comedy-drama drew praise and awards during its first two seasons. It won five Emmys and was nominated both years for best comedy series – an award it won from both the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association.
But Glover has also been busy with movie roles – Lando Calrissian in a “Star Wars” film, Simba in the “Lion King” reboot – and his music career as Childish Gambino. That leaves the huge gaps.
The second season didn’t reach FX until 16 month after he first ended. The third will begin shooting almost two years after the second ended.
FX has also launched a fresh interest in non-fiction, spurred by “The Weekly,” its New York Times series on Sundays. That will include a:
— Movie-length film on women in comedy.
— Five-part series on Tupac Shakur and his mother.
— Six-parter about Jeffrey MacDonald, the Army surgeon convicted of killing his wife and children.
— Six-parter on the gay-rights movement.
— Six-parter on hip-hop music.
— Four-parter on one man’s search – with disturbing results — for the father who abandoned him.