Starz comedy Run the World is adding several new cast members for season 2.
In an announcement Wednesday, the premium cable network said Tika Sumpter (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Mixed-ish); Comedian CP (Detroiters, Ole Bud’s Anu Football Weekly); and Isha Blaaker (A Madea’s Homecoming, The Flight Attendant) will have recurring roles. Additionally, Cree Summer (Better Things, Queen Sugar) and Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins (Dear White People, Bad Hair) will have guest starring roles.
The series follows a group of thirty-something Black women, who are fiercely loyal best friends, and live, work and play in Harlem.
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The half-hour comedy premiered on May 16, 2021. It stars Amber Stevens West; Bresha Webb; Corbin Reid; Stephen Bishop; and Tosin Morohunfola. Andrea Bordeaux was also part of the original cast, but said in a Feb. 4 Instagram post that she “was fired” over the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
In addition to the returning original cast members, Erika Alexander and Nick Sagar will also return as recurring guest stars. Jay Walker and Tonya Pinkins will return as guest stars.
The series was created by Leigh Davenport as part of Starz’s #TakeTheLead initiative spotlighting diverse voices and stories that reflect a full spectrum of women both in front of and behind the camera. Run the World is produced by Lionsgate Television.
Below are details from Starz on each of the new season 2 additions.
Tika Sumpter will recur as “Naomi,” the biological mother of Amari who has returned home from the Navy. With the assertiveness of a military officer, she immediately reclaims her position in Amari’s life, leaving Sondi to question her place in this new family dynamic.
Comedian CP will recur as “Preston Thurgood,” the multi-millionaire creator of Prestify, who has no need to put on airs. His hilarious, down-to-earth personality is plenty to get Renee’s attention; however, his lavish lifestyle certainly won’t hurt his case. Preston could give Renee everything she’s ever wanted, but is Preston the true love of her life?
Ishaa Blaaker will recur as “Phillip Houston,” Whitney’s business school rival who has returned from London fresh off a breakup of his own. His sexy British arrogance has Whitney flustered and their chemistry runs high. Now that they’re both single, Phillip is certainly interested.
Cree Summer will guest star as “Dr. Monica Mitchell,” the ladies’ wise and trusting new therapist. She allows Whitney, Renee and Sondi to pick up right where they left off with their retired therapist, Dr. Nancy. Dr. Monica’s direct, honest and personal approach allows the ladies to open up and navigate their relationship woes, as well as admit that they were kind of over getting advice from a white woman.
Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins will guest star as “India Blue,” a beautiful, confident, cool and incredibly successful singer/songwriter/producer. India has been working closely with Jason and is now looking to move this “collaboration” into something more, despite Renee and Jason’s prior relationship.