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Donald Glover lands new sitcom on FX

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Actor turned rapper Donald Glover will soon be combining his two favorite mediums in a new show for the FX network.

The former star of “Community,” whose writing credits includes “30 Rock,” will star in a half-hour sitcom, simply titled “Atlanta,” that will focus on a pair of cousins who are making their way through the thriving Atlanta rap scene.

Glover, who wrote the pilot and will serve as an executive producer on the series, will play Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout who rediscovers his love for rap when his estranged cousin, played by Brian Tyree Henry (“Boardwalk Empire” and “The Good Wife”) begins to make major moves in the music industry.

“’Atlanta draws on Donald’s considerable talents as a musician, actor and writer to give us something unique,” says FX exec Nick Grad. “The story is made all the more powerful by the great cast and the contributions of Donald’s fellow executive producer Paul Simms and director Hiro Murai.”

Joining Glover and Henry to round out the cast will be Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Selma, Straight Outta Compton) and newcomer Zazie Beetz.

“Atlanta’ is scheduled to premiere on FX in 2016.

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