glow season 2

By the time 2017 is over, close to 500 scripted television shows will be out there for the masses to consume. So it’s not too surprising that Netflix – a company which, early in its experimentation with original programming, often renewed its shows for multiple seasons – is starting to outwardly feel the strain of Peak TV.

Their latest casualty? The Naomi Watts series Gypsy, which has officially been canceled. But while Watts’ intimate therapist isn’t coming back to the streaming service after only one season, the gorgeous ladies of wrestling will be stepping back in the ring after their triumphant debut: Netflix has given the go-ahead for GLOW season 2. Read More »

glow

I’m not what you would call a fan of wrestling. The idea of people so obviously pretend-fighting in a ring in such dramatic fashion just seems so very silly. And bro-y. Not even Mickey Rourke’s dramatic comeback in The Wrestler, which illuminated the heart and camaraderie of the sport, made me change my mind about it. So when the buzz started rolling in about Glow, the new Netflix series highlighting a makeshift all-women wrestling crew, my eyes instantly rolled to the back of my head.

I had just assumed that this newest iteration of a wrestling narrative would surely feature women in skimpy duds, flashing score cards for the “real” wrestlers, the men, in the ring. But no, Glow is actually legit. It centers women and gives them agency where you least expect it. In fact, the men are actually the supporting players in this story.

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Glow Featurette

Netflix is bordering on belligerent with the amount of content the streaming service has been offering to its subscribers lately, and if you’re looking to stay on top of it all, you should wipe your weekend plans because today marks the release of yet another full season of television. The 1980s-set series GLOW, which is loosely based on the real-life low-budget wrestling show “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” hit the streaming service earlier today and has earned some great reviews thus far.

But before you binge the whole first season, take a look at a new GLOW featurette that showcases the stars doing their own stunts in the ring.
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glow reviews

One of my most anticipated new shows coming to Netflix is GLOW, which stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron. Set within the real 1980’s world of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Brie plays the fictionalized Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work, struggling actress in Los Angeles who “finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.” The show was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black, Weeds), who executive produce alongside Orange Is the New Black producers Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann.

The first reviews of GLOW have begun to appear online. Did the critics give the series a piledriver or did they mark out like fans at an old ECW show?
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glow trailer

Netflix’s GLOW is constructed from a colorful combination of names and concepts: Community star Alison Brie, comedian and podcast-extraorindaire Marc Maron, the producers of Orange is the New Black, an ’80s Hollywood setting, and the world of syndicated women’s professional wrestling. If the trailer for the show’s first season is any indication, this could be a big-hearted winner and something that even non-wrestling fans can get behind.

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Alison Brie Glow Netflix

Netflix has been bolstering its stable of original content over the past few years, and since money doesn’t seem to be a problem for them, they can shell out the cash necessary to make expensive period pieces like The Crown and the now-cancelled Marco Polo. But the streaming service seems to have a particular affinity for the 1980s, because along with things like Narcos, Stranger Things, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Netflix is releasing a new show called GLOW that’s also set in that decade.

The show premieres later this summer, but in the meantime, take a look at a batch of new photos featuring cast members Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron, Almost Famous), and more.
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