The cast and creators teased a few details about Season 2 of Atlanta and revealed a surprising inspiration for the installment during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California on Friday, Jan. 5.
Brothers Donald and Stephen Glover, co-creators of Atlanta, were on hand to share details about the installment during the panel interview. Donald, who also appears in the series, revealed that Season 2 is highly inspired by the animated show the Tiny Toons Adventures, specifically the segment How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which he revealed was their favorite when they were kids. Donald said that it is better to watch it in whole although the episodes are also enjoyable.
"The episodes were broken up in eight or nine episodes, but you watched them all together and they were a movie and they would play them during the summer together or in installments. We took that idea of a whole story, but being told in a bunch of little parts that will be shown that maybe seem like they're their own thing, but they all are one thing," Stephen, who is also the executive producer for Atlanta, added.
Tiny Toons Adventures was a popular animated comedy from the 1990s. It shows the younger versions of the Looney Tunes characters as they attend Acme Looniversity. How I Spent My Summer Vacation follows the adventures of the characters during their summer vacation. It was a direct-to-video movie split into episodes of Tiny Toons Adventures.
In the same panel press tour, Stephen talked in detail about the inspiration behind the title for Atlanta Season 2, which is Robbin' Season. Basically, the installment picks up just before Christmas and New Year where crime is rampant in the city. It is a tense and desperate time where cases of robbery are high, thus the title Robbin' Season.
"People have to get Christmas gifts so it's a time where robbery will go. You might get your package stolen from the front porch," Stephen said.
The creators chose this backdrop for Atlanta Season 2 because it resonates with what the characters are going through. When the installment opens, Earn Marks (Donald Glover) and his cousin Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) are struggling to get noticed in the music industry with Alfred's rap career still on the ground. As Stephen puts it, they are "going through insane, desperate transitions so Robbin' Season is kind of a metaphor" for all the characters.
Atlanta Robbin' Season airs March 1 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.