ABC Pulls Plug on 'The Runner'

  • October 22, 2001
ABC has pulled the plug on "The Runner," an eagerly anticipated reality TV show that was being produced by actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The network said it was worried about how a series in which people try to hunt down a citizen, the runner, as he travels across the country would be received after the terrorist attacks. ABC reportedly had concerns that increased airport security could slow the chase. The network is also likely responding to the public's relative lack of interest in the reality genre since the Sept. 11 attacks.
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