Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s American show is dropped after one season because it was ‘unable to connect’ to the audience
A Waller-Bridge too far … Phoebe’s debut of the American show Run is canceled after one season because TV insiders admit it ‘couldn’t connect’ to the audience
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge is considered the golden girl of British comedy
- But her new show in America, ‘Run’, has been taken off American TV after one series
- Reportedly, HBO bosses thought the show “ didn’t get in touch ” with the audience
- Waller-Bridge worked as an executive producer for the American comedy thriller series
She may be the golden girl of British comedy, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s first American TV company has been dropped after just one series.
The creator of Fleabag helped bring the comic thriller Run to screens and had a recurring role as a lesbian taxidermist.
But network bosses at premium channel HBO pulled the plug after just seven episodes, with TV insiders admitting it “ couldn’t connect ” to the audience.
The American TV series by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (photo) was taken out of the series after it ‘could not connect with the audience’
It’s the first hitch in the award-winning star’s glittering career, including writing Killing Eve and helping script the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die.
Run, broadcast on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge’s longtime collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star acting as an executive producer and also appearing on the screen.
It starred American actress Merritt Wever and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, as Ruby and Billy, former college sweethearts who made a pact 17 years ago: If one of them texted ‘Run’, and the other answered the same, they’d leave it all fall, meet at New York’s Grand Central station and travel through America.
But despite being well received by critics, the show struggled to find an audience, averaging just 232,000 viewers per episode when it aired on HBO in April and May.
A Hollywood TV source said, “Run was loved by network bosses at a time when Fleabag and Killing Eve were the most popular things on the planet. However, Run did not translate to the HBO audience as expected. ‘
According to the source, Waller-Bridge and Jones had conversations with network bosses about how to draw a larger audience with a second series, but failed to reach an agreement.
‘Run’, broadcast on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge’s longtime collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star as the executive producer
The source added, “Sure, it’s the first flop for Phoebe Stateside, but she doesn’t have time to lick her wounds. Through her deal with Amazon Studios, she has three years of pitching concepts and series on the table exclusively for them with a nice budget. ‘
HBO had seen fierce competition from other broadcasters to boost the rights to Run.
But a spokesperson said, “After exploring possible ways to continue Ruby and Billy’s journey with showrunner Vicky Jones, we decided we shouldn’t move on to a second season of Run.”
Waller-Bridge, 34, is still considered one of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars thanks to Fleabag, which has won six Emmy awards.