Listen, I understand; in the grand scheme of things, a television cancellation isn’t exactly an urgent tragedy right now. Hundreds of thousands of people have died; our sick and demented president walks in the back of a tightly sealed vehicle with staff and returns to the White House because he got tired of the hospital; California is on fire. And that sets aside the electoral angst that has hung over it all for months that have each seemed like centuries.
Despite all this, Netflix’s decision to cancel GLOW– which he had already renewed for a fourth and final season before the pandemic – really upset me.
Maybe it’s because during this miserable year, finally (belatedly) GLOW was one of the few things that brought me genuine joy. This is perhaps because the prestige of the show made me believe that it would escape the untimely cancellation that has already hit other programs. Or maybe I’m just exhausted by the fact that at every turn it’s the female-led shows at Netflix that get the short end of the stick. (For the record, at least I would willingly sacrifice both Ozark and The Kominsky method to the gods of television in their entirety, even for one more episode GLOW.)
Either way, the result is the same: if my rage could jump into the ring and put Ted Sarandos et al in a headache for GLOWHonor, I would be shopping for a locally sourced leotard as we speak. (Because sidenote, in case anyone needs a reminder, fuck Amazon.)
At least creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch seem to be taking things in stride. In a statement to Deadline, who broke the news, both said, “COVID has killed real humans. It is a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently pulled our show … We were given the creative freedom to do a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And struggle. And now it’s gone.
“There are a lot of shitty things going on in the world that are way more important than that right now,” the statement continued. “But it still sucks that we can’t see these 15 women again in a setting together. We’re going to miss our cast of bizarre clowns and our heroic team. That was the best job. (In conclusion, the statement adds: ‘Sign up you to vote. And vote. “)
GLOW had already started work on its fourth season before the pandemic hit – but this is not the first series that the novel coronavirus has definitely derailed.
Netflix has already canceled the The society and I don’t agree with that in August the same month, TruTV canceled the previously commissioned third season of its scripted comedy I am sorry. The United States scuttled a limited series Evel Knievel directed by Milo Ventimiglia in July and ABC canceled Stumptown, to which he had already granted a second season, last month.
Yet unlike those series – most of which worked on the first or second season –GLOW was working on its last chapter. Fans have spent years falling in love with the adorable mess of Alison Brie Ruth Wilder and the captivating and neurotic Debbie Eagan of Betty Gilpin. And Sam Sylvia irascible, mustached, inexplicably hot from Marc Maron. (I’d list the rest of the cast with glowing adjectives, but you get the idea.) Now we’ll never see if Ruth actually finds her way – or we’ll revel in Debbie’s rise as the owner of her. own television network.
Perhaps the greatest irony in all of this is that GLOW has long been the kind of show that Netflix’s business model was supposed to endure better than traditional networks – shows that despite their excellent reputation, they never quite manage to catch the audience that linear networks rely on to stay. afloat.
GLOW was never going to have a wide, sprawling appeal. It’s a weird show about weird struggling women, all run by a puppy producer and a jaded slasher manager. The point of view of the show and especially its humor – with chestnuts like “There’s a bullet you can’t castrate; that’s the spirit ”- have always been a beautiful blend of coarseness and ultra-glittery femininity. It was never a show for everyone, but for some was for, GLOW hit a wonderful and rare sweet spot.
And instead of a massive audience, GLOW was one of the series that brought prestige to Netflix. Although the show never captured viral audiences for more popular shows like Strange things, it has won nominations for cast and crew every year, and has won in categories such as stunt coordination and production design.
Yet being worshiped by critics has never been enough to save shows from Netflix’s increasingly cruel ax – especially if a show happens to be run by women; you just have to ask One day at a time and Tuca and Bertie, who both found homes on other networks after Netflix cut them off.
Obviously GLOWof the cancellation stands out from these; nothing in the television world has been ‘business as usual’ in the midst of the pandemic, and in the end GLOW is just one of many shows, on many networks, to face a premature demise.
But that doesn’t do much to assuage the sadness of his loss – especially because his final season promised to be. well.
“Now, we’ll never see if Ruth actually finds her way – or we’ll revel in Debbie’s rise as the owner of her own TV network.“
With each passing year, GLOW became its premise. At the start of the series some characters like lupine-obsessed Sheila the Wolf seemed doomed to one-note jokes, but each year the series imbues even its weirdest quirks with impressive and sometimes subtle complexity. Debbie and Ruth, meanwhile, seemed compelled to embody the trope of best friends turned nemesis – thanks to a guy – but they, too, grew up both as individuals and as friends who could finally get together. realize that they have less. in common now than they thought.
Speaking to The Daily Beast earlier this year, Gilpin said that GLOWSeason four would have shown each character using their wrestling experience to wonder what kind of person they would become if they could be anyone.
“I think Season 4 is sort of, in each of its weird ways, like, ‘OK, what if I leave this identity that I found in the ring to the world? “What if I let him bleed into my life and take the reins for a second?” Will I explode? What does it look like? ‘”
Like I said: I know there are a lot of worse things going on in the world right now. And yet, what can I say? It’s always disappointing to know that we’ll never know what it all looks like.
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