Glover opens up about "Atlanta" and leaving "Community."
Donald Glover is currently on a press tour to promote his anticipated FX series "Atlanta," which is set to premiere next month. During a press conference, he spoke in depth about the show and his decision to leave the popular NBC show "Community."
“The thesis with ['Atlanta'] was kind of to show people how it felt to be black," he said. "What was important to me was that this show was personal and had a specific take, because that’s all you can really ask for from a show nowadays, is having a specific point of view on something.”
Promos for the show frame it as a comedy, but Glover says it will take on a somewhat dark, wistful tone.
“We’re trying to a create a tone in a world where things can happen, where you are allowed to laugh at the hard jokes,” said executive producer Hiro Murai.
“People can get shot and die and you actually care about these characters.” Glover added. “I always want people to be scared, because that’s kind of how it feels to be black.”
Finally, Glover spoke on his decision to leave "Community," which has since been cancelled: “I just like endings. I think everything should have death clauses. Thank God, one day Trump is gonna die. That is guaranteed. That is awesome. It’s important that things end and, I’m glad things end because it forces things to progress. I get really frustrated in the world because I see a lot of things that could be better but aren’t better because things haven’t died yet. I had so much fun on 'Community.' It’s not like I wanted to run away from that.”
The first season of "Atlanta" will feature ten episodes. The first episode will air on September 6th.