What is the Glow?
GLOW is an American comedy web television series. Netflix distributed it, and Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch created it. The series gimmicks of the 1980s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit. Furthermore, it revolves around a fictionalization of the characters, named the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), which is founded by David McLane. There are a total of 3 seasons, where the first season consists of 10 episodes and is released on the 23rd of June, 2017 in Netflix. Netflix renewed the series for a second season on the 10th of August, 2017, which had 10 episodes and premiered on the 29th of June, 2018. The third series was renewed on the 20th of August, 2018 which premiered on the 9th of August, 2019.
Plot of Glow
Ruth Wilder auditions in a fledgling professional wrestling promotion in Los Angeles in 1985. It named Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). She is at odds with GLOW’s director Sam Sylvia because she overacts often. When retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan, who is Ruth’s former best friend, also arrives at the ring, and their confrontation promises to either make or break the show.
The main cast of the show are:
- Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder, as well as
- Betty Gilpin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan, as well as
- Sydelle Noel as Cherry “Junkchain”/”Black Magic” Bang, as well as
- Britney Young as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade, as well as
- Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, as well as
- Britt Baron as Justine “Scab” Biagi (season 2; recurring season 1), as well as
- Kate Nash as Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson (season 2; recurring season 1), as well as
- Gayle Rankin as Sheila (season 2; recurring season 1), as well as
- Kia Stevens as Tammé “The Welfare Queen” Dawson (season 2; recurring season 1), as well as
- Jackie Tohn as Melanie “Melrose” Rosen (season 2; recurring season 1), as well as
- Chris Lowell as Sebastian “Bash” Howard (season 3; recurring season 1-2)
Flahive and Mensch were looking to make a new female-centric show and came across the 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and were intrigued by the premise of producing a fictionalized version of the documentary.
Ursula Hayden helped in the production as a consultant on the series for Flahive and Mensch while creating the show. Furthermore, Hayden was also on the original 1980s promotion as the Farmer’s Daughter, Babe.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. of the famous Guerrero wrestling family helped train the actresses and also served as a consultant on the series.
This series shot at several locations in Los Angeles, mainly in the San Fernando Valley. Chavo’s Boxing Gym, which is GLOW’s training grounds, had the combinations of two locations. The interior was a studio set while the exterior was the rear of the San Fernando Masonic Lodge. Also, the stand-in for Dusty Spur Motel, which was GLOW’s sleeping quarters, was the Pink Motel in Sun Valley.
The production completed the filming for the third season in February of 2019. They have not revealed the plot details for the new season. However, there are some loose ends from season 2 that needs to be tied up.