FX's Globes-winning 'Atlanta' won't be back until '18: Blame 'Star Wars'

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ATLANTA -- “Streets On Lock” -- Episode 102 (Airs Tuesday, September 6, 10:30 pm e/p) Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks. CR: Guy D'Alema/FX.

FX has signed a development deal with Donald Glover, creator and star of Atlanta, a big winner at Sunday's Golden Globes, but the show itself won't be back until next year, the network announced Thursday.

The delay is due to Glover's production schedule in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film in which he's playing Lando Calrissian. FX said that Glover's deal will have him developing shows for FX's networks as well as other networks and streaming services while continuing to produce and star in Atlanta.

Also delayed until 2018: the second installment of American Crime Story, which will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

FX Networks chief John Landgraf, who famously coined the term "peak TV"  to describe what he believed would be an eventual decline in the number of scripted shows on television and streaming services, acknowledged during a session Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings that peak TV, too, seems to have been delayed.

By FX's count, there were 455 scripted shows in 2016, and Landgraf said he expects even more in 2017, a year in which he once believed the decline would have begun. 

Other notes from FX's day at TCA:

•There should be decision soon on a previously announced comedy pilot from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia producers (including Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney) that would co-star Cherry Hill's Cristin Milioti (Fargo, How I Met Your Mother).

"We just got in the pilot...we'll probably have an answer in the next couple of weeks," said Nick Grad, FX's president of original programming.

•Fargo's third installment has begun production and will likely premiere in late April.

•American Horror Story has been renewed for two more seasons beyond its seventh installment, which should premiere this year.

•The Americans will return for its next-to-last season on March 7.

•Feud: Bette and Joan, the first season of a new anthology series from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, American Crime Story) starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, premieres March 5.


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