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The third season of Atlanta is officially delayed, according to comments reported by IndieWire. The show was expected to air before the end of May of this year to make it eligible for the Emmy awards, but FX executives John Landgraf and John Solberg have suggested that a 2020 return is more likely.

“I don’t know whether we’ll have Atlanta or not,” Landgraf said. “The writers are back working right now, thank God.”

Landgraf suggested that the delay is down to Donald Glover’s busy professional and personal life. “As you might imagine, Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life,” he said. “You just have to make a decision about quantity over quality at a certain point — and we’re just erring on the side of quality.”

Speaking to IndieWire at the Sundance Film Festival last month, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz explained the cast’s schedules were hard to align for season three.

“Ideally we would be shooting now [but] that’s not happening,” she said. “Everybody’s schedules are sort of all over the place — they’re hoping for spring sometime, but no dates. Everybody’s busy, and Donald [Glover] had his tour in the fall, and that doesn’t lend itself to time for scriptwriting.”

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