A Waller-Bridge Too Far. Phoebe's Debut US Show Is Cancelled after One Season

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), July 12, 2020 | Go to article overview

A Waller-Bridge Too Far. Phoebe's Debut US Show Is Cancelled after One Season


Byline: James Desborough

SHE may be the golden girl of British comedy, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge's first American TV venture has been axed after just one series.

The Fleabag creator helped bring the comedy thriller Run to screens and had a recurring role as a lesbian taxidermist. But network bosses at premium channel HBO have pulled the plug after only seven episodes, with TV insiders admitting that it 'failed to connect' with audiences.

It is the first hiccup in the award-winning star's glittering career, which also includes writing Killing Eve and helping with the script for the next James Bond film, No Time To Die.

Run, which aired on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge's long-standing collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star acting as executive producer as well as appearing on screen. It starred US actress Merritt Wever and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, as Ruby and Billy, former college sweethearts who made a pact 17 years ago: if either texted 'Run', and the other replied with the same, they'd drop everything, meet in New York's Grand Central station and travel across America.

But despite being well received by critics, the show struggled to find an audience, averaging just 232,000 viewers an episode when it aired on HBO in April and May. …

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