Donald Glover Says His New Comedy Series ‘Atlanta’ is ‘Twin Peaks’ with Rappers

“I just always wanted to make Twin Peaks with rappers,” Glover told an audience at the Television Critics Association winter press tour about his new FX comedy series Atlanta.

The show follows Glover’s character Earnest “Earn” Marks who goes home to Atlanta to “make ends meet before being drawn into the rap scene when his cousin suddenly skyrockets to stardom.” This is Glover’s first TV project following his departure from Community after five seasons. Glover, of course, has his own successful rap career under the moniker Childish Gambino. He recently appeared in Magic Mike XXL as an emcee and in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-nominated film The Martian.

“Its kind of the perfect time to make something that I would want to see,” Glover told press. “There’s more screens that have to be filled. [It’s] the perfect time to combine everything that media kind of is right now.” THR advises that Atlanta is a very personal project for Glover. “Instead of a writer’s room, the writers of Atlanta convene at Glover’s house where they eat together and peruse the Internet together. ‘I’ve been keeping them very close and tight and secret because I just want to make sure they’re perfect,’ he said when asked about the scripts of the series.”

Atlanta will make its debut this summer.