Good news, fellow FX watchers: Atlanta and Better Things are renewed for second seasons. Collider reported the news. Each new 10-episode season will air sometime next year. Both of them are worth your time, if you’re not watching them already.
Atlanta is Donald Glover’s passion project, a soulful, often surreal bluegrass effort centered around a young man trying to earn his way through producing his rising talent rapper cousin. It’s a darkly comedic, often strange and uncompromising series with a great sense of style and setting. I’m now two episodes behind, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far a good deal. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Better Things, meanwhile, is the new series from Pamela Adlon. Viewers might either know her extensive voice work, on shows like Recess, King of the Hill and Pajama Sam, or her live-action work on Californication and Louie. Adlon’s new semi-autobiographical series is cut from the same cloth as the latter, especially with Louis C.K. writing, directing and producing the series alongside Adlon. It’s not quite on Louie‘s level yet, but it’s finding its way. It’s developing its own voice.
Here’s what Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, FX’s Presidents of Original Programming, had to say about both renewals.
It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX’s award-winning brand. It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers, which is a credit to Donald Glover’s vision for Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s vision for Better Things. They, along with their spectacular casts, writers and directors, have created exceptional shows that we are incredibly proud to produce.
FX continues to be one of the best stations for original content. This news only continues their excellent programming. I can’t wait to see what both shows — along with FX in general —have in store for the future.