A revival of a women’s wrestling television show that was once revered and scorned at the same time would probably need a big name actress to play the lead role to infuse the new version with any hope of being successful the second time around.
The production featured colorful characters, strong women, and over-the-top comedy sketches which were integral to the series’ success.
Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers or stunt women hoping to enter into show business.
GLOW was created by David B. McLane, based on his seeing the reactions of fans to women’s wrestling when he was an announcer and promoter with the World Wrestling Association, run by Dick the Bruiser.
The first season consists of 10 episodes and was released via Netflix on June 23, 2017.
This time the storyline is very different.
An out-of-work actress named Ruth Wilder is living in Los Angeles in the ’80s. Wilder finds an unexpected chance at stardom: enter the glitter and spandex-laden world of women’s wrestling, where she must work alongside 12 other Hollywood misfits.
Similar to many workplace comedies, “GLOW” is about people who had hoped to end up somewhere else.
Boy does that speak to some of our lives. In terms of work, at times we wanted to be anywhere other than where we were, especially when we knew others with very interesting jobs.
How many times in our lives have we had to accept jobs where we hoped to end up somewhere and sometimes anywhere else?
Good for them. It appears that the newer version of Glow attained a different type of success but procuring the green light for a second season for any series is a major coup.
James Poniewozik, a reviewer at The New York Times enlightened, “GLOW” is smart enough to show how fiercely owning these roles — which, at least, give women power-bombing agency — can be liberating, even subversive.”
Who is the big name actress that infused new life into an old story?
It might surprise you. It sure did us.
Did you watch the brilliant TV series Mad Men? Who didn’t? Given the show’s longevity and massive popularity, it seems as though virtually everyone did, so you can imagine how shocked we were that of all people to lead a women’s wrestling show into a new future would be Pete Campbell’s wife Trudy.
Really? Trudy Campbell will be a lady wrestler throwing women around the ring?
On Mad Men she was so feminine, elegant, super conservative and at times very uptight.
Still extremely sexy. She’s the wife. Not the girl friend.
Of all of the beautiful women on that show we never would have picked Trudy to be a future lady wrestler.
But then again, the real life actress who plays Trudy named Alison Brie is so impressive as a thespian that she could pull off and adapt to just about anything.
Critical analysis aside, we love Trudy. How did Alison feel about her? In an interview with theguardian.com she expressed, “I lovvvved Trudy,” she smiles. “Matt Weiner was fantastic at writing these complex characters for women in an era where they were trapped in stereotypical roles, but could wield power. They made men think that they had the power while secretly controlling everything. Trudy was such a badass.”
She received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
Our gorgeous brunette has starred in many films, including Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016), The Little Hours (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017), and The Post (2017).
We suppose this rise to celluloid stardom is fitting since she was born in Hollywood, California.
Talk about destiny.
As far as preparing to play a female wrestler after spending so much time in upscale 1960’s dresses was a very new experience for Alison.
A lot of her role as Ruth Wilder, the wrestler, involved becoming physically fit.
Ms. Brie and rest of the cast focused on working out for the show, but the star said the experience of “GLOW” helped her learn how to use her body in a different ways, giving her a whole new appreciation for her the female figure.
As shared at foxnews.com Alison explained, “It really changed the way I felt about my body. It felt so empowering and exciting, and it proved that we were capable of so much more than we expected. “GLOW” is such a body-positive show; all of the women on it feel really comfortable in their bodies, and that is such a healthy thing to be surrounded by.”
Apparently Alison Brie and her co-star Betty Gilpin were so invested in selling their ability to be physical grapplers during their second “GLOW” audition together that series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch were afraid the actresses would injure themselves right out of a job.
The twelve female cast members spent two months training to do body throws, headlocks, leaps, and falls so they could do their own stunt work. On the screen it shows.
Can those of you reading this who are fans of serious fully competitive female submission wrestling really enjoy GLOW?
We think so, especially if you like variety and have a fondness for the lady pros.
The key to all of this is Alison Brie. Again, Pete’s wife? Really?
Thankfully life is so unpredictable and full of surprises.
Alison is one sexy woman to mesmerize over and excitedly anticipate watching entertain the masses week after week. We are happy to see her perform in anything and wear anything.
In Mad Men it was 1960’s dresses right out of Vogue. In Glow its neon colored spandex.
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OPENING PHOTO fciwomenswrestling.com, grapplingstars.com femcompertitor.com, photo via Vanity Fair