Donald Glover says that the next two seasons of Atlanta will be as good as The Sopranos. Atlanta season 3 has long been delayed after being originally announced in June 2018 following the conclusion of the show’s second season. Creator and star Glover has been busy since Atlanta‘s inception in 2016, starring in Solo: A Star Wars Story as well as voicing Simba in Disney’s live adaptation of The Lion King. Scheduling conflicts were the primary reason for delays, and Atlanta seasons 3 and 4 were set to shoot together beginning in early 2020, but then the coronavirus hit, delaying it further.
The Sopranos is often cited as one of the best television shows of all time, ushering in the era of peak TV. The show was heavily rewarded throughout its run, earning multiple Emmy’s and even a Peabody Award. It aired on HBO for six seasons from 1999 to 2007. Created by David Chase, The Sopranos followed James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, an Italian mobster dealing with familial struggles and the complications that come with running a massive criminal organization. The series also starred Edie Falco, and Lorraine Bracco.
Glover tweeted the comparison in a rare return to the social network. In addition to him hyping up his brother’s appearance on a voter turnout ad campaign, Glover dropped the tidbit about the upcoming seasons of Atlanta. Production on the two seasons is currently set to begin in early 2021, with plans still in place to film them back to back. That will make the wait between those two seasons much shorter than the wait fans are currently enduring.
Living up to The Sopranos is a pretty tall order, but it just might be something that Glover can pull off. While the shows have little to nothing in common in regards to their plots, what they do have in common is the critical acclaim they’ve both received. While Atlanta‘s is nowhere near The Soprano‘s in terms of awards intake or longevity, it has been widely seen as one of the most innovating and funny shows on television. Its consistent experimentations with form are, on a smaller level, the same thing The Sopranos did for television as a whole, changing the entire landscape.
Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time Glover has compared Atlanta to a critically acclaimed television series. When the show first premiered, Glover divulged that he had been heavily inspired by Twin Peaks, a comparison that strangely makes sense for the show. If Glover’s comparative instincts continue to be correct, fans will be looking at a true masterpiece when Atlanta seasons 3 and 4 air. Given all the time between the show’s renewal in 2018 and its production start date, Glover has had plenty of time to polish the scripts. Building on top of the already strange and hilarious world he created is no small feat, but if anyone can do it, Glover probably can.