“Donald Glover On ‘Atlanta’: “I Just Think That It’s The Most American Place”

FX’s upcoming drama Atlanta explores a dilemma common to people with big dreams and much difficulty making them come true: how do you cope with failure when that failure is accentuated by someone else’s success? The show centers on Earnest “Earn” Marks, a loner who returns to Atlanta after a failed attempt to realize his artistic aspirations. Upon his arrival, he discovers his cousin has become Altanta’s hottest new rap act.

FX picked up Atlanta to series back in October, and cast and creatives were on hand to discuss the show today at TCA. Donald Glover, executive producer, writer, and star of the show, talked about his return to television, following the end of Community.

“I know what I’m doing a little bit,” he says. “There’s so many screens that have to be filled now, between your television, your computer and your phone, that I think it’s the perfect time to make something that I see, a perfect opportunity to combine everything that media is right now.”

Glover grew up in Atlanta and talked at length about his special connection to the city he calls “a very special place.” The city, he says, absolutely influenced the tone of the show.
“I know it’s going to be very easy for people to say ‘it’s a black Mecca,’ and it is, but I just think that it’s the most American place,” he said. “Everybody there is like ‘Yo, I got a verse’. Everybody is trying to make something from nothing…”


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