Run The World is new comedy series on Starz. Whitney, Ella, Renee, and Sondi are about to be household names.
Run The World Bringing us a Savvy New Show
New Show Alert!!
Ready to laugh? It’s time to meet your new best friends. From the makers of Girlfriends and Dear White People, comes a brand new binge-worthy comedy series on Starz…”Run The World“.
Created by Leigh Davenport, Run The World is described as “a love letter to black women”.
Along with Davenport, Run The World is co-Executive Produced by Yvette Lee Bowser (creator of Living Single).
Set in Harlem, RTW follows a group of 4 fiercely loyal black girlfriends as they navigate their careers and relationships. Surviving and thriving together, these four ladies are set to come to your living rooms regularly.
Heavily Inspired by “Sex and the City”, show creator Leigh Davenport shares with Variety her vision for the series –
“At the time, there was a lot of reality TV that just showed Black women pouring drinks on each other and snatching weaves off and there was always a lot of conversation about how single Black women can’t get a man.
There was so much enforcement of negative stereotypes and just a general air of negative energy, and I wanted something aspirational…”
Along with “Sex and The City”, Davenport also gives credit to our favorite girl magic sitcoms…which include “Girlfriends”, “Living Single”, and “Insecure”.
Without further adieu…
Let Me Introduce You To Your New Best Friends
As described on TVOne –
So who is Whitney? Whitney is a perfectionist “type-A investment banker who never misses a SoulCycle class.” She is set to get married, however, she’s also seeing someone else.
Portraying the character of Whitney is AMBER STEVENS WEST (Greek, The Carmichael Show, Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Meet ELLA (portrayed by ANDREA BORDEAUX)
Ella, “a true romantic with an immense amount of wit and currently an equal amount of mess to her life. She’s the glue to this amazing group of friends. A writer searching for her literary career comeback, she’s a dreamer with gusto and slick humor like no other.”
Ella is portrayed by ANDREA BORDEAUX (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rizzoli & Isles, Bones)
Here’s RENEE (portrayed by BRESHA WEBB)
Gotta love this girl…Renee, described as “a walking firecracker of cynicism and in-your-face realness.” Renee is a character who will “go to war for her girls and beliefs, and she’s not exactly concerned about collateral damage.”
Portraying Renee is BRESHA WEBB (Love That Girl!, Marlon, Night School, Sextuplets, Meet The Blacks, A Fall From Grace)
Last, but now least…SONDI (portrayed by CORBIN REID)
Sondi, “a righteous, feminist scholar who plays mommy to her older boyfriend’s 6-year-old daughter. He also happens to be her thesis adviser. She’s a Southern belle, so you know all the shade comes with a teaspoon of sugar.”
Sondi is portrayed by CORBIN REID (How To Get Away With Murder, Blair Witch (Sequel) Rent and Sister Act (Broadway)
FULL CAST LIST
- Amber Stevens West as Whitney
- Andrea Bordeaux as Ella
- Bresha Webb as Renee
- Corbin Reid as Sondi
- Tosin Morohunfola as Ola
- Stephen Bishop as Matthew
- Erika Alexander as Barb
- Nick Sagar
- Jay Walker
- (Guest Star) Tonya Pinkins
Davenport says the central theme of RTW is friendship, and that will transcend all ethnicities.
“No matter your ethnicity, you want a group of real friends. Seeing girls that support each other and rag on each other and give each other crap and love each other, that’s relatable and that’s bigger than any artificial barriers…”
“so I just want people to enjoy their bond and enjoy the fun. If they come for the comedy and if they learn something about the culture and the community, then that’s an added amazing bonus.” – Leigh Davenport
So right about now, it’s time to set your DVR’s! Run The World, the 8-episode comedy series debuts on STARZ this Sunday, May 16th.
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