GLOW fans can officially climb the turnbuckle in celebration: Netflix has finally renewed the wrestling dramedy for a second season. GLOW premiered in late June to overwhelmingly positive reviews and high fan praise. Despite this, Netflix did not immediately renew the show for a second season, leaving many fans questioning its future. After today’s announcement, however, fans can put all worries to rest.
Starring Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder and Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagen, GLOW takes place in 1985 and focuses on the beginnings of wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. While the show is inspired by the actual ‘80s GLOW show, most of the events and characters are fictional. Still, the show did not completely ignore its wrestling history and features cameos from actual active wrestlers as well as wrestler Chavo Guerrero, Jr. in a consulting role (his uncle served a similar role on the original show).
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Netflix officially announced the renewal of GLOW for a second season today, also confirming that the show will contain ten episodes, much like season 1. There is currently no specified date for when GLOW season 2 may premiere, but it will presumably return sometime in 2018, should it follow similar Netflix originals release schedules.
This is yet another big win for Jenji Kohan, who previously created another Netflix hit in Orange Is the New Black and executive produced GLOW, with Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch serving as showrunners (both are expected to return for season 2, along with all of the principal cast). It also continues the winning streak for Brie’s television career, who enjoyed great success on shows like Mad Men and Community. If that’s not enough, there’s also the fact that Netflix now has another female-centric show that's highly popular (Brie has previously called GLOW very “female forward”) with viewers.
Still, as much as this is good news for Netflix and everyone involved with GLOW, it’s probably even better for the fans of the show itself and its stylized ‘80s charm. Beyond that, the show really delves into the business of wrestling and the building of “face” (good) and “heel” (bad) characters and how much detail goes into creating a wrestling gimmick. Toward the end of the first season, Brie’s Wilder and Gilpin’s Eagen were really starting to develop their rivalry (both in season and in the show’s “real world”), and with four seasons worth of material to draw from the original series, it’s likely that Netflix’s GLOW could be around for the foreseeable future.
GLOW season 1 is now available to stream on Netflix, we'll keep you updated on season 2.