FX signs production deal with 'Atlanta' creator Glover

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Posted: Jan 12, 2017 7:09 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.

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DELAYED RETURNS

The FX television network has locked up Golden Globe winner Donald Glover, but there will be a wait for new episodes of his comedy "Atlanta."

FX said it had signed a deal with Glover for more "Atlanta" episodes and to develop other shows. The series about the rap industry in the Southern city won the Golden Globe last weekend as best television comedy, with Glover best actor in a comedy.

New episodes won't be available until 2018, however. FX agreed to the delay because Glover has a movie role upcoming.

Another popular FX series, "American Crime Story," also won't be back until next year. It will be a story about Hurricane Katrina and is being shot in New Orleans where, because of hurricane season, there's a limited period of time where filming can be done.

FX is tolerant of lengthy delays in series. "Fargo" is about to return from a hiatus, and "Louie" returns whenever star Louis C.K. feels like making new episodes.

"Given the choice between having it on schedule and having ... happy, committed talent and have it good, we'll take it later and take it good," FX Networks chief John Landgraf said.

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OLD-TIME HOLLYWOOD

Producer Ryan Murphy says didn't want to make something campy when he signed on the make an FX series about a rivalry between old-time Hollywood stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

The eight-part series, "Feud: Bette and Joan," begins March 5 and has a murderer's row of actresses with Jessica Lange portraying Crawford, Susan Sarandon playing Davis and Catherine Zeta Jones as Olivia de Havilland.

"I was interested in doing something a little deeper and a little bit more emotional and painful," Murphy said. "I think ultimately what happened to both women is very painful."

The series explores aging in Hollywood, the actresses said.

"When I started, it was over by 40," said Sarandon, who's 70. "So, definitely, the line has been pushed. I was told on many occasions not to bring up the idea that you had children, because in some way, that would cut into this idea that you weren't sexy or sensual, or whatever. So I think those things have changed, and you see the line being moved a little bit further."

Lange, who's 67, said she didn't think it's changed that much.

"Well, we're working," Sarandon said.