Comedy Series ‘Run’ Hits On HBO April 12th, And It Looks Brilliant

Fans of Fleabag have something new coming that they are going to want to get on their radar, though it looks like a tough sell for some. Run, is a series with an introduction that doesn’t exactly scream comedy, and appears to filter through a veneer that leans more toward the dramatic. Still, this somewhat confused, atypical approach already hints at similarities to Fleabag.

Leaving aside persnickety details, like what the show is about, for the moment, Run is executive produced by Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (and others – see below). Jones directed Waller-Bridge’s stage production of Fleabag and served as a writer on Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge created. The duo have since founded the DryWrite Theater Company. Here, apart from producing, Vicky Jones writes and Waller-Bridge has a recurring guest role.

If that weren’t enough to get people to tune in, and it is, the show stars Merritt Wever (Godless, Nurse Jackie) and Domhnall Gleeson, and self-bills as a “romantic comedic thriller.”

The show is going to launch April 12th (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and follows a woman whose humdrum life is turned upside down when she gets a text from her college sweetheart inviting her to drop everything and meet him in New York to fulfill a pact they made 17 years earlier. Apparently, though details of this pact’s origin are unclear, the pair made a pact that if either of them texts the word “RUN” and the other replies the same, they will meet in Grand Central Station and travel across the country together… running, it would seem, from life generally.

Along with Waller-Bridge, who plays a woman the pair meet on their journey, guest stars also include – Rich Sommer (Mad Men) as Wever’s husband; Tamara Podemski (Coroner) as police detective Babe Cloud and Archie Panjabi (HBO’s upcoming I Know This Much Is True, The Good Wife) as Fiona, Gleeson’s former PA.

Mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss this one.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms, and is executive produced by Vicky Jones, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jenny Robins, Kate Dennis, Emily Leo and Oliver Roskill of Wigwam Films. Run is produced by eOne, the studio behind acclaimed HBO series Sharp Objects.  

Merritt Weaver, Domhnall Gleeson. Photo credit: Ken Woroner/HBO
Marc Eastman
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