LOS ANGELES (AP) – Earn and Paper Boi were last seen flying to Europe with “Atlanta” but won’t land until sometime next year.
The acclaimed FX comedy starring creator Donald Glover as Earn and Brian Tyree Henry as the rapper’s cousin will begin its pandemic-delayed production in the first half of 2021, FX Networks chairman John Landgraf said Wednesday.
Glover and the writers of the other series have completed the scripts for seasons three and four, with plans to stick them back to back.
But COVID-19 safety issues and the complicated task of coordinating a lengthy shoot hindered production, Landgraf said. One season is mainly recorded in Europe and the other in Atlanta.
A delay was already expected for the return of the Emmy-winning “Atlanta,” which last aired new episodes in May 2018. Earlier this year, Landgraf suggested that season three would debut in January 2021, and that season four would likely debut in May 2018. that autumn would follow.
Landgraf was afraid to guess when the show would be rescheduled, but promised the earliest possible ‘concrete answer’ during an online press conference.
He called the situation heartbreaking “because I love the show so much and want it to always be part of our program.”
Another FX series, “Fargo”, was less affected by the industrial shutdown due to the corona virus. Nine of the planned 11 episodes of the anthology series were taped before COVID-19 hit and, with safety protocols in effect, recording of the remaining two was completed in Chicago earlier this week, Landgraf said.
The fourth season, which debuts on September 27, tells the story of rival Kansas City crime families from the 1950s. Chris Rock is cast with Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley and Timothy Olyphant.