Netflix's new series GLOW (short for, gorgeous ladies of wrestling) premiered Friday, June 23. The show, which is created by Liz Flahive and executive produced by Orange is the New Black and Weeds' Jenji Kohan, is inspired by the real story of a 1980s women's wrestling league, GLOW. With all the episodes from Season 1 available for immediate marathoning, it's time to start looking at the future of the show. Will GLOW return for Season 2?
While there has been no formal announcement about a second season, Netflix is often pretty generous when it comes to renewal. Most of its original series, with the exception of The Get Down, have been granted second seasons at the very least. With the star power and Netflix alums involved in the series behind and in front of the camera, it is likely GLOW will land a second season to premiere next year (the typical Netflix pattern). And, it seems Flahive worked on the first season with additional seasons in mind.
According to Deadline, Flahive discussed her vision for the future of GLOW at Austin’s ATX Television Festival, after a screening of the comedy. Flahive reportedly said, “The first season we really take our time. We’re starting at the audition and we’re going very slowly to when they get to find their characters, to how they get to the actual making of the pilot of GLOW ... We’re not quite at the moment where they are living their wrestling characters 24-hours a day. We’re definitely starting to deal with the inner play of their selves and their wrestling personas and how those start to interact.”
It seems the show's creators have a vision of the characters getting more and more entrenched in their wrestling personas, which will be a wild ride for viewers. While the series has big plans for its characters, there is only one season to keep viewers occupied on June 23. So, to satisfy the desire for more episodes, fans can take solace in the following series after marathoning GLOW — featuring the cast of the show.
Alison Brie's breakout role was Annie Edison on Community. The shy, naive community college student is a far cry from Brie's GLOW character — a fish out of water actress turned GLOW headliner. Community is available on Hulu.
Brie also stars as Dianne on another dark Netflix comedy, BoJack Horseman. While the show is animated it is well worth the watch for its dark humor and surprisingly nihilistic themes. Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Netflix.
Brie again proves she is a chameleon in the role of '60s housewife Trudy Campbell on Mad Men. Her polished 1960s pressed dresses and pearls are pretty different from the spandex and perm we see on GLOW. Mad Men is available on Netflix.
Maron plays the women of GLOW's coach and mentor on the Netflix show. Maron also starred on one episode of the Netflix anthology series about sex, love, and technology, Easy. His episode about art, sex, and digital media is definitely worth the watch. Watch the first season on Netflix.
Similar to Louie or Master of None, Maron was a semi-autobiographical series about the life of comedian Marc Maron on IFC. The series lasted four seasons and is available on Netflix.
Chris Lowell stars as a playboy and wrestling fan who funds GLOW on the Netflix series. Lowell is best known for his breakout part as Stosh "Piz" Piznarski on teen series Veronica Mars. Piz was a good guy, but fans will just have to watch and see what kind of person Lowell's GLOW character is. Veronica Mars is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.
'The Carrie Diaries'
Ellen Wong plays one of the "gorgeous ladies of wrestling" alongside Brie, but she first gained notoriety as Jill "Mouse" Chen on the Sex And The City prequel The Carrie Diaries. The full series featuring a baby Bradshaw is available on Netflix.
Sunita Mani is part of the women's ensemble cast on GLOW, but she is best known for her part as part of the vigilante hacker group fsociety on Mr. Robot. Season 1 of the USA drama is available on Amazon Prime.
Betty Gilpin plays GLOW's star and ex-soap actress Debbie Eagan on the new Netflix series. Her character and Brie's are referred to as the Alpha and the Omega in the show's trailer. But, before co-starring on GLOW, Gilpin got her start as Dr. Carrie Roman on Edie Falco's Nurse Jackie, a series chronicling an anti-heroine nurse with a prescription drug addiction. Nurse Jackie is available on Netflix.
Kia Stevens plays wrestler Tamee on GLOW. But, in real life, Stevens is a well-known televised wrestler, who goes by Awesome Kong. Check out her storied career in the wrestling world online and on TV.
Whether or not GLOW returns for Season 2, there's plenty out there to watch.