Just because you’re the only one who believes in something doesn’t mean it’s not worthy. In a new interview, Donald Glover revealed to The New Yorker that he had to actually trick FX into developing his hit series, Atlanta. In the interview, Glover explained that he didn’t want to reveal exact details to the network on what he wanted to produce.
“I knew what FX wanted from me,” he said. “They were thinking it’d be me and Craig Robinson horse-tailing around, and it’ll be kind of like Community, and it’ll be on for a long time. I was Trojan-horsing FX. If I told them what I really wanted to do, it wouldn’t have gotten made.” Elaborating further on this approach, Stephen Glover—Donald’s brother and frequent creative partner, including on Atlanta—explained that initial series discussions with the network glossed over the show’s more existential and visually driven elements. “Donald promised, ‘Earn and Al work together to make it in the rough music industry. Al got famous for shooting someone and now he’s trying to deal with fame, and I’ll have a new song for him every week. Darius will be the funny one, and the gang’s going to be all together,'” Stephen said. “That was the Trojan horse.”
The newest season of Atlanta FX is set to air this Thursday.