Community's Donald Glover to Headline Music-Themed Comedy Pilot for FX

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community-season-5Exiting Community sidekick Donald Glover has inked a deal to write, produce and star in a half-hour comedy pilot for FX, TVLine has confirmed.

VIDEO | Community Cast Reacts to Donald Glover’s Departure

According to Deadline, which first broke the news, the project, titled Atlanta, will be set against the backdrop of the Atlanta music scene. Glover, who grew up in Atlanta, had been looking for a project that made use of his considerable music skills (he performs under the stage name Childish Gambino).

As previously reported, Glover will exit Community in the fifth episode of the NBC comedy’s upcoming fifth season — a loss series creator Dan Harmon described to TVLine as “devastating” and “heart-wrenching.”



Comments (36)

  • This is an exciting project for fans of Donald Glover. It fits his talents and his interests. He’s a funny comedian, and it’d be a waste for him to stop acting.

    I just wish he didn’t have to ditch Community to do this. He could have waited, I think.

    Comment by D'Arcy – August 6, 2013 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Son, YES.

    Comment by Superhero – August 6, 2013 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I should star in it with him azz his girlfriend..im pretty funny too. GREAT article

    Comment by Tiffany Delane – August 6, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought he was leaving Community to focus on his music? I’ll probably watch this, because I feel that Glover is immensely talented, but I’ll admit, it hurts my heart a bit.

    Comment by Aprilcot – August 6, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree! I am new to Community and have watched season 1 and most of 2 in the span of a week and LOVE the show and loved him on it. However saying he was leaving to pursue his music career sounds like it was a story he made up so that he could leave Community and not look bad.

      Comment by sarah – August 6, 2013 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well given that the show is about the Atlanta music scene, I would say that his explanation was hardly a stretch. Given all the hats he’ll be wearing on this one, I can get why he’s coming back to Community so that his character can be written out with satisfaction, instead of half-assing both shows.

        Comment by JBJ – August 6, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ‘Focus on music career’ no more

    Comment by LPMA – August 6, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How are you people not seeing it’s a show about music? He gets to do both things he loves. As a fan, I’m happy for him.

      Comment by Bryce – August 6, 2013 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this is awesome. I’ll watch.

    Comment by Leah – August 6, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel like this is a big slap in the face. I can understand him leaving to work on music, but he’s also leaving to work on another show? Ouch.

    Comment by Trev – August 6, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes him look like kind of a jerk. He left Community for this music thing (honestly I’ve never heard of his music but I’m not the target audience) but it was really so he could cash in on another project.

    It is fine if he doesn’t want to work on Community. If he is tired of it and just wants it to be over I would much rather hear that than some excuse that he goes back on a few weeks later. Yeah, this will have music in it. But it is a sitcom with music so ultimately I don’t buy that this was all about the music.

    At least Chevy was honest about what he was doing.

    Comment by Drew – August 6, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, it doesn’t make him look like a jerk. At least not to anyone who respects that he had a versatile career going into Community (he used to write, produce and star in productions by DERRICK, and was also a writer for 30 Rock). And given the precarious position Community has had on NBC’s schedule, he decided to more aggressively pursue his own interests, without leaving the show abruptly (unlike Chevy). Chevy only stayed as long as he did because he had bills to pay, and let all of his negativity affect the cast. As far as I know, Glover got along with everyone and didn’t make waves. Since he’s young and unencumbered, there’s no harm in choosing to push his creative and professional boundaries.

      Comment by JBJ – August 6, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s not like he left Community for some other, random show. This show is going to be self-written and self-produced, which means he’s trying to push himself further in his career as a writer, producer and (since the show’s going to be about music) musician. I can respect somebody who will risk leaving his comfort zone in order to better himself. I don’t see it as him abandoning a sinking ship, but rather as him recognizing that he finally has the resources to move on and better himself (and no time like the present, right? He’s big right now, but people could get tired of him by the time Community ends, so he really can’t risk waiting).

      Comment by Jon – August 8, 2013 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah no, it’s because he’s following what his fans expect. You clearly don’t understand donalds mindset, if it was about money which he’s already stated he has enough to live 2 lifetimes with. He was doing music before community and he’s sticking with his fans, if it was about money he wouldn’t charge 10$ for tickets to his concerts which he does everywhere and not just large venues, Donald is more talented in music than in any other field and m*therf*ckers like you really don’t get to judge him. Also his new show is not a sitcom it is a documentary style on the music scene in Atlanta Georgia so stop talking out of your *ss. Okay? Okay

      Comment by Wyatt – October 24, 2013 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He did sign a deal with NBC last September (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/community-donald-glover-nbc-pilot-369891) so perhaps it was to do with that? I know it’s on FX now, but it could be possible?

    Either way, he was making plans as he (along with the rest of us) presumed Community wouldn’t go onto a fifth season. I get the feeling this has been in the works for some time with the assumption Community wasn’t coming back, rather than him doing this in the last 6 or so weeks.

    Comment by Ashley – August 6, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh wait sorry, just seen that the Deadline article does mention that. Apologies.

      Comment by Ashley – August 6, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He also was signed in another TV show pilot that wasn’t picked up, so this isn’t a shot.

    He’s focusing on his music, and the show will focus on his music too.

    Comment by David4 – August 6, 2013 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i will not be watching this out of protest, maybe if he actually finished what he started. no respect for this guy, who was nobody before community, and his music sucks!

    Comment by jake – August 6, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In fairness before Community he had been a writer on 30 Rock (and a bit player) and SNL, was part of a comedy troupe and released an album. This was all by the age of 26.

      If you’re annoyed at his decision fine, but he was hardly “a nobody” within his chosen field.

      Comment by Ashley – August 6, 2013 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He didn’t work on snl and he also released a movie with his comedy troup

        Comment by Chris – August 6, 2013 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds interesting, but he could have waited until Community was done. There’s a very good chance these upcoming 13 episodes will be the last of the show, so he could have stuck it out for the whole thing. If it wasn’t for Community know one would know who Childish Gambino is. It launched his career, the least he could have done is stayed for the whole season, which was shortened to begin with.

    Comment by Joe – August 6, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • * no one

      Comment by Joe – August 6, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe he got sick of all the drama taking place on Community? Maybe he just wanted to call it quits, be happy he will be around for 5 episodes.

      Comment by Midori – August 6, 2013 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He would have made it as childish gambino without community, he one of the best rappers out there now

        Comment by Chris – August 6, 2013 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The thing is that there is no guarantee that the show is actually done after this season. If the show recovers it’s creative stride with Dan Harmon’s return, we all know that fans and critics will campaign for another season, and NBC will drag their feet until the last minute (once again) and the cycle will start all over. He has chosen to make a clean break at a reasonable time, while his relationship with the show is still positive.

      Comment by JBJ – August 6, 2013 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s very risky for a star to wallow in his/her comfort zone when they could be moving on to bigger and better things. TV stars like Will Smith and Jennifer Aniston branched out early to start taking varied roles in films, and they had massive careers that would eventually dwarf their TV roles. Then you have the people like Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, who got so typecast into their roles that nobody would allow them to branch out when it was done. Even big stars like Jack Black and Michael Cera can’t get work anymore because they saturated us with one specific type of character, and then we got sick of it.

      Comment by Jon – August 8, 2013 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What’s with all the sourness? Community’s been on thin ice for a very long time, with its low ratings, behind-the-scenes drama, and half-season orders for two seasons in a row. I love the show very much, but I can’t blame Donald Glover for wanting to move on and stretch his skills with something potentially more stable. Good for him for getting to wear so many hats at this new show, I will definitely watch.

    Comment by Brooke – August 6, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not to sound like a dick but I hope his show fails, I know that is terrible but come on. He left his family at Community, whatever you say about the shows position they were a super close bunch who seemed to genuinely love each other. Why for more creatine freedom? Why not write some episodes of Community or try to split your time between 2 projects like Joel or Allison. This attitude/move just really hurts me as a devoted Community fan

    Comment by Torontogirl98 – August 6, 2013 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Not to sound like a dick”

      /too late

      Comment by Paul Cox – August 6, 2013 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And now you sound like a dick too, Paul.

        Comment by Gia – August 6, 2013 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’re not his family. At the end of the day, no matter how close the cast it, it’s a job. He’s decided he wants a different job. Mere mortals not in the TV business do that all the time.

      Comment by Brooke – August 6, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like a good show for Donald to showcase his acting and musical talents. I hope it gets pickup.

    Comment by Joey – August 6, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Been such a huge fan of Donald espically of his music. I probably have 30 of his songs downloaded on my phone and found him absolutely hilarious in 30 rock and in his stand up…. Pretty much been on his dick since I first heard his song “bonfire” under childish gambino. Can’t wait to watch the community on fx!

    Comment by brad – September 13, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It says he’s writing, producing and starring it. It’s pretty much gonna be his baby. How many of you stayed with your parents after you were able to comfortably take care of yourself?

    Comment by SHRUG LIFE! – September 29, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How could anyone be annoyed at him? After all he never stayed with 30 rock, nor did he stay with DERRICK comedy. I believe that his new show will be able to showcase his incredible skill and artistic ability on an even greater scale and in a completely new concept. Its a true shame to think people wouldn’t like him because of his final decision to leave community? Ill admit, even I struggled to embrace his character leaving, but this means Dan will have to step up his creativity to keep the show at such a high level. I first heard of Donald through his rap, and then saw him acting in Community and that is the reason I have such a great love for that show, but not everyone should be held back from their true potential. Donald Glover good on you bud!

    Comment by Mac – October 15, 2013 05:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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