6 things we hope to get in Donald Glover’s new TV show, ‘Atlanta’

And one thing we don’t


Get ready for a Stone Mountain native to weigh in on Atlanta’s music scene.

Donald Glover will write, produce, and star in a new half-hour comedy series on FX, reports Deadline. Entitled Atlanta (hopefully just a placeholder), it’ll use our entertainment industry as a backdrop to Glover’s antics. We’re hesitant about having a suburbanite control the national perception of the Capital of the South, but we’ll be fine as long as he gives us these:

  1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but for our city. When it comes to fellow FX series, we hope Atlanta takes a cue from Sunny instead of the station’s other comedies. Mock us. Berate us. Call our character into question. All while making us love ATL even more, just like Sunny did. Think Green Man and Izzy take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

  2. Writing worthy of 30 Rock. Glover cut his chops composing teleplays at the Emmy-winning series during its early heyday. Since it’s a music-centric show, how about an Atlanta take on “Muffin Top” featuring Waffle House?

  3. Stone Mountain. He’s from there, after all. Let’s see him throwing beer cans at the Confederate bas relief. Perhaps Jack McBrayer’s Stone Mountain-born Kenneth the Page could pop up! Thus further tying the show to 30 Rock and bringing in yet another Georgia boy.

  4. Atlanta locales. We don’t want Hollywood back lots. It should shoot here and take advantage of our great tax incentives, and it should feature spots like Vanquish and Lenox Square, expeditions to Eddie’s Attic and 529, and of course, Zone 6.

  5. Outkast’s André 3000. Ideally, as a series regular who mentors Glover’s character, but we’ll accept a single cameo appearance. He proved himself as an actor with his 2006 movie, Idlewild, and his Cartoon Network series, Class of 3000, already did what Glover wants to do with Atlanta, but animated. Maybe he’ll show off his best Jimi Hendrix impersonation.

  6. A guest appearance by Danny Pudi. Glover’s leaving NBC’s Community half-way through its upcoming fifth season, but we hope his partner in crime from that show ventures over to FX. As die-hard fans of the cult series, we can already hear it: “Troy and Abed in Atlanta!”

And one thing we don’t:

Childish Gambino. Yes, it’s a “music-themed” series, but can do without Glover’s rap alter ego and his less-than-stellar rapping and lyrics.

Hey, we can dream.

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  • Joel

    Donald Glover is a talent, so let it be what it is. Nobody cares what you want. Change the title of this article to “6 dumb things Jackson Reeves wants.” Leave “us” out of it.

  • Enrique

    Donald Glover wanted to make this show to show that music isn’t the same like he isn’t when he started this rapping/acting/writing/comedian stuff he is him and like he says he does stuff that no one really fully absorbs and gets the real feeling this is what he does let him do it Childish Gambino is not what he use to be and neither is Donald if you ever paid attention you would know

    • Dan

      what does this even say? Have you heard of a period?

  • Anthony

    Um okay lmao Donald Glover has some of the wittiest and most clever rap lyrics out of any artist out there

  • vix993

    Donald Glover is a great writer, comedian, rapper and lyricist. Don’t know what you are on about, but the show will be just fine the way he wants it to be. 3 stacks would be sick though.

  • AStew

    I would fuy welcome some Gambino in the show. Even stories regarding the origins of some if his songs. He is a phenomenal live performing and I think it would be utterly senseless to not include his rap persona.