'Atlanta' Season 3 Delayed & Won't Release In Time For 2019 Emmys Consideration

In its first two years, FX’s half-hour comedy series, “Atlanta” has become a perennial Emmy’s contender, earning multiple wins and multitudes of nominations. However, with creator Donald Glover at the height of his popularity and his extracurricular activities dominating his schedule, it appears that the third season of the series is going to be delayed, leading to an “Atlanta”-less 2019 Emmys.

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Speaking at a recent TCA event (via Deadline), FX CEO John Landgraf opened up about the status of his network’s critically-acclaimed series and what the reasons are for its upcoming delay. And no, it has absolutely nothing to do with trouble behind-the-scenes or a lack of quality.

“We have so many programs that don’t cycle back on an annual basis,” said Landgraf. “You have to make a decision about quality over quantity and we’re erring on the side of quality.”

He continued, “Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life. He’s had personal things he’s had to deal with, from injuries to other things I’d rather not say publicly that just have to do with not with his personal life but his extended family.”

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The good news is that a third season of “Atlanta” is coming. And after the second season earned even more rave reviews than the first, there is a ton of anticipation surrounding this series. So, for the sake of quality, it’s probably for the best that FX isn’t trying to rush Glover and the creative folks behind the scenes to try to make something that is lackluster.

So, we don’t have any sort of release date, but if we’re just going off the idea of “Atlanta” missing this year’s Emmys, it means the show won’t air before the end of May. What’s probably more likely, considering it doesn’t appear like production is about to amp up anytime soon, is that we’re looking at a late-2019/early-2020 release.