Donald Glover knows exactly what feelings he wants to convey with his upcoming FX comedy, “Atlanta.” Glover will star in and executive produce the series.
“The thesis with this show was to show people how it felt to be black, and you can’t write that down. You have to feel it. So the tonal aspect was really important to me,” he told critics Tuesday at FX’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.
The unique series will follow “Earn” (Glover) and his cousin as they attempt to make it in the Atlanta music scene and provide better lives for themselves. The show is framed as a comedy, but Glover says it will have a surreal quality as well as a strong undercurrent of darkness.
To the point of the show’s abstract feel, Glover said, “There really isn’t a limit to how abstract you can get, as long as you believe it. There has to be a grounded nature to something — if you have something that is grounded on some level, you can go anywhere. You just have to have it so that they’re abiding by their own rules every step of the way.”
“I want people to feel scared, because that’s what it feels like to be black,” Glover said.
“Amazing things can happen, but it can be taken away in a moment.”
“Atlanta” will premiere on September 6th and feature ten episodes.
I’m eager to see what the series has to offer. Will you tune in?