I just watched the first two episodes of the new FX half-hour Atlanta, created and produced by its star Donald Glover. He's a stand-up comedian and a rapper, but I know him best for his role of Troy Barnes in my favorite sitcom of the last decade, Community.
But Earn has a plan. He goes to his cousin, a local rapper known as Paper Boi (Bryan Tyree Henry), and offers to manage him and get his career off the ground. Paper Boi has his doubts, but Earn sets his mind to it and, with the help of payola, gets the rapper's single played on a local station. While it's on the radio, the two get into an altercation outside a nightclub and Paper Boi (I think it was Paper Boi) shoots someone.
The show isn't bad, but is it good enough to make regular rotation? The comedy is done in a mostly deadpan style, and, while it has some decent moments, is rarely laugh-out-loud funny. It also takes its time with the plot. I don't know if I'll be in it for the long haul, but I've liked Glover enough in the past to stick around for a while to see where it goes.
PS It's playing at the same time as one of my favorite shows, Halt And Catch Fire, so I guess I'll catch the rerun.