She’s gone from dwelling single to working the world.
Yvette Lee Bowser, who made historical past as the primary African-American girl to develop her personal primetime sequence (Fox’s “Residing Single,” which ran from 1993-98), mentioned her new half-hour Starz dramedy “Run the World” explores the identical themes.
“I’m obsessive about the enjoyment and the impression of sisterhood,” Bowser, 55, instructed The Publish.
“For me, this present continues the journey I’ve been on for 3 a long time — which is telling genuine tales from a robust, particularly feminine and black standpoint. That was my incentive for getting concerned. I didn’t create this specific present however I did shepherd it onto the air and put thought and love into the event of the sequence.
“I’ve actually tried to infuse robust black feminine characters into every part I’ve created or been privileged to provide. I need to proceed to undertaking that and move it on.”
Created by Leigh Davenport with Bowser as showrunner/government producer, “Run the World,” premiering Sunday (Could 16) at eight:30 p.m., follows the non-public and professional lives of a gaggle of thirty-something black ladies who’re buddies in Harlem.
There’s Ella (Andrea Bordeaux), a author and a romantic who’s navigating profession strikes; Sondi (Corbin Reid), a PhD candidate with an advanced love life since she’s courting single father Matthew (Stephen Bishop); Kind-A banker Whitney (Amber Stevens West), who’s scuffling with nervousness over her upcoming nuptials; and Renee (Bresha Webb), who’s going by way of a divorce.
“Leigh [Davenport] was impressed very a lot by ‘Intercourse and The Metropolis.’ Her unique tackle the present was basically a black ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis’ and I introduced a bit little bit of ‘Residing Single’ magic to the combo,” mentioned Bowser. “Which type of shifted the tone a bit bit — in order that it was extra concerning the ensemble and the way we lean on one another to thrive collectively. So it’s rather less of the method [of ‘Sex and the City’. ]That present is Carrie’s story, and this story is the story of 4 ladies and the way their sisterhood will get them by way of.”
Bowser mentioned that in the beginning of her profession, when she was creating “Residing Single,” she wasn’t eager about breaking new floor on a private degree.
“I do assume if I had been conscious of being ‘the primary’ and if breaking glass ceilings was my aim, I could not have achieved it,” she mentioned. “It was simply in being genuine and telling my reality and having a need to see one thing that was an correct cultural reflection or mirror of us. I used to be simply searching for us to have a platform.
“I had simply stepped out of the very cozy cocoon of the ‘A Completely different World’ household, which was very black-friendly and female-friendly and into Hollywood, which was not as open and receptive to voices like mine. So I used to be very wanting to create a secure house for us to work in and for us to be heard and create behind the scenes. And to inform our tales in a means that allowed us to see ourselves and know that we matter.
“As a result of we do.”