Netflix ‘GLOW’ Teases ‘Female-Forward’ Production in New Featurette
We’ve only a few days before Netflix starts to GLOW with Alison Brie’s new Netflix Jenji Kohan wrestling dramedy, but why wait? A new featurette goes in-depth with the cast’s ringside preparation, along with all the “crotch to face” action you can handle.
Netflix released an extended featurette for the new ten-episode series before Friday’s premiere, highlighting some of the real BTS training stars undertook to make sure their (fake) wrestling looks real. Brie in particular touts that “This whole job has been totally female-forward. Our creators are women, our producers are women, four team-members of the cast are women,” and beyond.
Ahead of a June 23 premiere, so reads the new GLOW synopsis:
GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life is not what it seems. And at the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
The series also stars Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan, Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, Britney Young as Carmen Wade, Ellen Wong as Jenny, Sydelle Noel as Cherry Bang, Britt Baron as Justine, Jackie Tohn as Melrose, Kimmy Gatewood as Stacey, Rebekka Johnson as Dawn, Kate Nash as Rhonda, Sunita Mani as Arthie, Kia Stevens as Tammé and Gayle Rankin as Sheila the She Wolf.
The new scripted series is inspired by the actual “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” league that emerged in the ‘80s. Following its 1986 debut, the original G.L.O.W. became an unscripted syndicated series, eventually transitioning to events and parties. Kohan and fellow Orange Is the New Black vet Tara Herrmann serve as executive producers, with the prison dramedy’s Carly Mensch showrunning alongside Liz Flahive.
Check out the first trailer and original G.L.O.W. below, and stay tuned for more details on Friday’s Netflix premiere.