GLOW Season 3: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

‘GLOW’ is an American comedy-drama web television series that airs on Netflix. The show first premiered on June 23, 2017 and has been created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Tilted Productions, Perhapsatron, and Fan Dancer are the companies backing the project, while Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan, and Tara Herrmann serve as the executive producers.

‘GLOW’ is based on the gimmicks and the fictionalization of characters who were involved in the 1980s syndicated professional women’s wrestling circuit, called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling or GLOW, which was founded by David McLane.

Take every lighthearted, cult 80’s film from your youth and roll them into one, then inject the diverse casting and perspectives that all of those films were sorely missing, sprinkle on some amazing 80’s fashion and music, serve with some fearless subject matter (storylines covering miscarriage and abortion, misogyny, anxiety. racism and infidelity) and you get ‘GLOW’! Naturally, fans have taken to the series like a fish to water, and the number of fans is only growing each day. Moreover, the critics have lauded the show too, praising its style of writing, its attention to detail, especially considering it is a period piece. They have also been quick to point out how the show adds a layer of drama expertly to the plot, without losing its self-effacing and delightful humor which borders on silliness.

GLOW Cast: Who is in it?

The main cast of ‘GLOW’ includes the women who are the wrestlers. All eyes are trained on the likes of Alison Brie of ‘Community’ and ‘Mad Men’ fame, who appears in the role of Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder. Other cast members include Betty Gilpin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan, Sydelle Noel appearing in the role of Cherry “Junkchain”/”Black Magic” Bang, Britney Young as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade, Marc Maron, the comedian, as  Sam Sylvia. There are several other wrestlers, as well as supporting characters, who not only make the series more interesting but also helpt to portray the world of wrestling in its entirety while also giving viewers a glimpse into the personal and professional lives of these gorgeous ladies of wrestling.

In the upcoming season, the main cast is expected to return. Some of the recurring characters got promoted to series regulars, so we expect to see them as part of the everyday cast too, and there might always be new faces thrown in who would make this world of wrestling all the more fascinating and would definitely kick the drama up a notch.

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GLOW Plot: What is it about?

The main plot of the show ‘GLOW’ explores the 80s era phenomena of professional women’s wrestling promotions. We are given a close look at the women involved in this Los Angeles based organization, and the show lays bare the details of their personal and professional lives for a dramatic impact.

The series is breakthrough in the very fact that they portray women of all shapes, sizes, and color, throwing off all vanity and slamming into each other for the sake of entertainment. The fictionalized account starts with the alcoholic and misogynist director, Sam Silvia, whose dreadfulness is captured excellently by Marc, begins circulating a rather unconventional call. Women are to attend a mystery audition in a gym that is out of town. Brie’s Ruth Wilder attends this call and unsurprisingly finds herself among women who could not hack it out in Hollywood, all waiting around, wondering if this could be their big break.

Ruth finds her break right before she believes that she will be excluded from the audience when her friend Debbie arrives. She accuses Ruth of sleeping with her husband. It is the stuff that fake wrestling stories thrive on, and of course, Sam realizes this and pushes both of them to the forefront. As the women fight each other, both get the limelight, but their friendship begins to come apart. Over the episodes, we realize that Sam too has a past and it might catch up with him, while the narrative keeps progressing smoothly to give all the other women the chance to slowly come to the forefront, so that we are not only familiar with their characters, but also able to empathize with them.

What stands out about the show is the realistic portrayal of women. While women’s wrestling, I mean fake wrestling, is often the object of the male gaze, this show does not hold back in portraying women in all their naturalness, removing any hint of sexuation that might exist in the viewer’s way of looking at them. These magnificent women all had to learn wrestling moves for the show so that their staged fights could look ‘real fake’ and not the kind of fake one would get using body doubles. Overall, there are some cliches of misogyny like the rich man with his Malibu house, but when the story starts, the women take over. Overall, the series manages to be gripping, smart, funny, and snappy at the same time.

Hopefully, in the upcoming season, the series will continue in a similar manner, and now that it has found its own voice, it can take the narrative to any direction it wants, and focus on the trials and tribulations of the characters, making this a show that is more about gender politics than just wrestling.

Mensch, one of the co-creators, said as much, stating, “The more seasons we go on, the further we go from the original [GLOW], and that’s based on the fact that we created very different characters and now we follow our characters.” Her fellow show maker, Flahive added, “We have some character arcs and ideas. It’s enough to hold on to and enough to drive forward, and yet there’s a lot of stuff that feels incredibly open as we build.” Overall, we get the sense that the idea is to explore each of the women’s stories individually, and Brie has already expressed her intention to remain on board as long as the show runs. Notably, for a show that is predominantly full of females behind and in front of the camera, right before the #MeToo era, is a statement in itself, and ‘GLOW’ lives up to the high standards of artistic and social expectations.

GLOW Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘GLOW’ Season 2 premiered on June 29, 2018. The good news for fans is that immediately after season 2, Netflix renewed the show for another season on August 20, 2018. ‘GLOW’ Season 3 is all set to release on August 9, 2019. Time to get excited!

GLOW Trailer:

While we wait for season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.

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