Netflix recently caused fan outrage when it announced that the fourth season of the hit series GLOW had been canceled. The show, which takes a fictionalized look at the history of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling TV series from the 1980s, had amassed a loyal fan following, and many were sad to discover the various storylines set up at the end of season three would now never get resolved. Marc Maron, who played the role of Sam Sylvia, creative showrunner of GLOW, took to Instagram to suggest a standalone movie to wrap up the show's various dangling plot threads.
"I think what they should do is just, okay so you don't wanna do the show anymore, but let us make a movie, right? Let us wrap it up in a two-hour Netflix movie. They had the whole season laid out. We know where it's gonna go. Why don't you give the showrunners and the writers and the cast an opportunity to finish the story in a movie, right? I mean I think that would be the best thing."
The brainchild of Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, GLOW had a relatively low-key start in its first season, beginning with a focus on Ruth Wilder, played by Alison Brie, an out-of-work actress struggling to find meaningful female roles in the film industry. A chance advertisement brings her to Maron's Slyvia, who plans to make GLOW, a female version of the wildly popular WWF wrestling franchise, with a cast of actresses who have never wrestled a day in their life.
The first season explored the difficult rise of GLOW from the ground up, and the various challenges the ladies faced in getting audiences interested in female wrestling, and the deep bonds that were created between the all-female cast. Season 2 saw GLOW's debut on television, where the problems from the previous season were suddenly compounded, but the victories were correspondingly greater.
The third, and as it turns out, final season of GLOW took the female wrestling crew to Las Vegas. Relationships evolved, personal ambitions came to the forefront, and the ensemble wrestling show suddenly found itself rudderless as the managers and actors clashed over the direction in which to take the enterprise. The fourth season of the show was supposed to have resolved all that tension with GLOW's triumphant return to Hollywood. In a statement regarding the season 4 cancellation, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch mourned the loss of what GLOW meant to them and their fans.
"Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that's gone. There's a lot of shitty things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now. But it still sucks that we don't get to see these 15 women in a frame together again. We'll miss our cast of weirdo clowns and our heroic crew. It was the best job."