12:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Still Haven't Seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Fleabag?' Now, It's on IFC
Have you still not seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge's acclaimed cult comedy Fleabag but maintain a moral opposition to shelling out $12.99 a month to Jeff Bezos for Amazon Prime? Well, you're in luck. The import comedy is finally heading to traditional American TV.
IFC announced Thursday that the first season of the acclaimed serial, based on Waller-Bridge's stage play of the same name, is getting its first stateside linear run over the holidays. The six-part first season premieres Wednesday, Dec. 26, starting at 11 p.m. Episodes will repeat in late night.
The series was nominated for a Critics Choice Award and won Waller-Bridge a BAFTA for her performance in the lead role. Oscar frontrunner Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) also stars. A second season was commissioned some time after the original 2016 run, and it is expected to drop on BBC Three and Amazon Prime in 2019. (Amazon Prime, which produces the series in partnership with BBC Three, will continue to stream the first season.)
It's not a left-field move for IFC, considering Waller-Bridge's growing profile and her contributions to another AMC-owned network. The writer-actress adapted BBC America's Killing Eve for television, scoring an Emmy nomination for writing in the process. The celebrated, darkly comedic drama has also been a boon to star Sandra Oh, who was recently named Golden Globes host in addition to scoring a nomination for her performance.