"Atlanta" has been a passion project for actor/rapper/writer Donald Glover for a few years now. Since its debut on FX in the beginning of September, the show has proven to be a huge success for the network. The show has been successful enough to be rewarded with a second season, news that broke this week.

'Atlanta' and 'Better Things' are both renewed for second seasons.

Both "Atlanta" and "Better Things," starring Pamela Adlon, premiered this season on FX, with the former having a 9-episode first season and the latter with 8. Both shows will be coming back to the network next year for another season of 10 episodes.

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The presidents of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, say that both shows have "struck a nerve with viewers." 

'Atlanta' brought in huge ratings for FX

Donald Glover's "Atlanta" turned out to be a pretty big hit for the network. Along with the critical praise the show is receiving, the pilot brought in 1.8 million viewers in FX's target demo of adults under the age of 50-years-old. These are the best ratings of a premiere for a comedy since Amy Schumer's "Inside Amy Schumer" in 2013 on Comedy Central.

Glover first landed the deal with the network a few years ago, which was just one reason why he decided to walk away from his role as Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy "Community." Glover wasn't new to working behind the camera and had previously served as a staff writer on Tina Fey's "30 Rock" in its early years.

"Atlanta" is also FX's biggest debut since their 2011 series "Wilfred", which starred Elijah Wood

Donald Glover's other career endeavors

Donald Glover is not just an actor, writer and producer, but also a rapper known as Childish Gambino.

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He manages to avoid getting in the middle of any major rap beefs. He released a series of mixtapes before releasing his first studio album "Camp" in 2011. He released his sophomore album, "Because the Internet", in 2013 and is preparing to release his third project. The album, "PHAROS", should be released sometime this year and the rapper performed the album live for the first time at Joshua Tree earlier this month.