My favorite show of the summer was renewed for second season and I am stoked. Starz announced that they have renewed Run The World. Rachelle Williams will be the new showrunner. Original showrunner, Yvette Lee Bowser, will co-executive produce along with Leigh Davenport. Run the World was Starz’s unexpected breakout show about four African American women living in New York City (Harlem). It’s sort of like Sex and the City or Living Single meets Sex and the City if you will. Below are a few more details about the renewal and the show from Deadline:
Starz has ordered a second season of its comedy series Run The World, from Lionsgate Television. The new season will come with new showrunner Rachelle Williams (Love Life, Mixed-ish), who is taking over for Yvette Lee Bowser. Bowser will continue to serve as executive producer alongside Williams and series creator Leigh Davenport. Living Single creator Bowser, who is under an overall deal at ABC Signature where her SisterLee Productions is based, will now focus on a slate of projects she has in development.
Created, written and executive produced by Davenport, Run the World follows a group of smart, funny, and vibrant thirty-something Black women – fiercely loyal best friends – who live, work and play in Harlem. As they strive for world domination, they each navigate career highs and lows, hookups and heartbreaks that causes them to re-evaluate who they are and where they are going. At its core, it’s an authentic and unapologetic show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together.
“Run the World has been so passionately embraced by our audience and we are thrilled to bring fans another season,” said Alison Hoffman, President of Domestic Networks for Starz. “Our incredibly talented cast and executive producers Yvette and Leigh are set to return, and we’re excited to welcome Rachelle back into the Starz family leading as showrunner and executive producer.”
I was pleasantly surprised that I liked Run The World because so many shows about millennials don’t resonate with me. I never got into Girls despite it being lauded as the millennial Sex and The City. Run The World, which could be seen as the millennial Living Single, actually delivers. (I am sure that is because RTW’s original showrunner wrote for Living Single.) The women are compelling and relatable to me. I loved their friendships and how they balanced each other. Did I mention the fashion? Because the fashion is clutch. I also enjoyed the fact that most of the women had natural hairstyles. Plus Living Single original cast member, Erika Alexander, has a prominent role (and she’s a hot ass mess). I am invested in the characters and am excited that Starz renewed this. I hope the writing and directing continues to be good and I look forward to seeing my girls next season.