Netflix has renewed GLOW for a second season (ten episodes). Set in 1985 Los Angeles, GLOWfollows Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling out-of-work actress as she auditions for, trains and eventually makes the first-ever women's wrestling TV show. Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW is a Cinderella story with bodyslams. The Netflix streaming service hasn't confirmed when production may begin on these new episodes, or when the new season will debut, although it seems likely that it will arrive in the summer of 2018.
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. Netflix hasn't announced any new cast members at this time, but hopefully we'll find out more as we get closer to production getting under way on this new season.
The ensemble cast also includes Alex Rich as Florian, Britney Young as Carmen Wade, Britt Baron as Justine, Chris Lowell as Sebastian "Bash" Howard, Ellen Wong as Jenny, Gayle Rankin as Sheila the She Wolf, Jackie Tohn as Melrose, Kate Nash as Rhonda, Kia Stevens as Tammé, Kimmy Gatewood as Stacey, Rebekka Johnson as Dawn, Sunita Mani as Arthie and Sydelle Noel as Cherry Bang. It's possible that this season could also bring some of the real female wrestlers from the original series, entitled Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.), but that has yet to be confirmed. Still, series regular Kia Stevens has wrestled professionally in both TNA and the WWE before, under ring names Awesome Kong and Kharma, respectively.
The real-life wrestling series G.L.O.W. ran for four seasons between 1986 and 1989, based in Las Vegas, which featured wrestling matches along with sketches and songs. Each season of G.L.O.W. would span 26 episodes, for a total of 104 episodes produced throughout the four-year run. This was much different than the approach of other pro wrestling shows, like WWF, which would later become WWE, which would run weekly televised wrestling programs throughout the year. The show was revived in 2001 by the Riviera Hotel & Casino, where the original show was filmed, and it also spawned other female wrestling shows such as Powerful Women of Wrestling, Ladies Sports Club and Women of Wrestling, which was revived in 2013.
GLOW is created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black, Weeds). Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are executive producers alongside Flahive and Mensch, who are serving as showrunners. Fans can stream the first season of GLOW to watch these Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling on the Netflix streaming service, while we wait for more details on the upcoming second season.