Created by and starring comedian Donald Glover, the FX show was joined in its series nomination by a host of veterans: ABC’s “Black-ish”; Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” which won in 2016, and “Transparent,” which won the year prior; and HBO’s “Veep.” Glover also was nominated for best actor in a television series, comedy or musical, joining Anthony Anderson of “Black-ish”; Gael García Bernal of “Mozart in the Jungle”; Nick Nolte of Epix’s “Graves”; and Jeffrey Tambor of “Transparent.”
The two nominations were the first in any major awards program for “Atlanta,” whose initial season came to a close Nov. 1. The series averaged 1.86 million total viewers in Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers and 1.27 million viewers ages 18-49.
In her review of the season finale, Variety critic Sonia Saraiya wrote, “It’s hard to overstate how good ‘Atlanta’ is. (Indeed, it’s also hard to merely state how good it is — it’s such a subtle and complete show that saying more feels inept and superfluous, like tacking on Post-its to a framed painting.)” Saraiya named it No. 1 on her list of the top 20 television series of 2016.
Glover, a former cast member on the NBC and Yahoo comedy series “Community,” as well as a former writer on NBC’s “30 Rock,” has enjoyed significant career success this year, with the well-received launch of “Atlanta” and his casting as young Lando Calrissian in Disney’s upcoming Han Solo-focused “Star Wars” spinoff movie. Glover will appear in that film alongside Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke.
“Atlanta” stars Glover as a young man living in Atlanta, attempting to manage his own life as well as the career of his rapper cousin. The series is produced by FX Productions and is executive produced by Glover, Dianne McGunigle, and Paul Simms.