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Doesn't every generation deserve a show about 30-something women and friendship that takes place in New York City? The '90s gave us Living Single. The turn of the millennium was defined by Sex and the City. Now, there is Run the World.
The upcoming Starz comedy, which makes its debut on May 16, has been billed as a kind of hybrid of the two aforementioned shows, with professionally thriving, strong Black women at its center, a la Living Single, each with a very distinctive style and personality, a la Carrie Bradshaw and company. There is perfectionist Whitney (played by Amber Stevens West), hopeless romantic Ella (Andrea Bordeaux), diva divorcée Renee (Bresha Webb), and scholarly Sondi (Corbin Reid).
And of course the most important SATC connection of all: costumes were overseen by Patricia Field. In the same way that Emily in Paris's mid-pandemic debut helped those sheltered at home live vicariously through the titular heroine's inventive wardrobe, we can expect another booster shot of fashion inspiration with Run the World.
The legendary showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser, who created Living Single (not only was it one of the most successful Black sitcoms of the era, it also served as inspiration for Friends) and with it, became the first Black woman to develop her own primetime series, is a co-executive producer along with series creator Leigh Davenport, who loosely based Run the World on her own experience of living and working in Harlem in her twenties.
Run the World premieres on the Starz network—and on its streaming platform—on Sunday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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