Alison Brie Opens Up About the Cancellation of Netflix’s GLOW, “The Greatest Heart Break”

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Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an award-winning actress, author, and producer. Her breakthrough role as Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Man helped her to win the “Screen Actors Guild Award” for best actress.

Recently, the actress opened up about GLOW suddenly getting canceled by Netflix almost about two years later. The actress decided to move forward on the other projects with GLOW still resting in a special place in her heart, because it was about female wrestling.

Brie heartbrokenly told Decider, “It’s the great heartbreak of my career,” “But it will forever live on as, like, this great thing. I loved working on it, maybe more than anything I’ve worked on, and I miss it a lot. But I feel very grateful for the time I had on the show.”

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), is a real-life professional wrestling promotion that originally ran from 1986 to 1990. It was created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. The first season of its Netflix addition premiered in June 2017, which featured Brie as Ruth Wilder/Zoya the Destroya, and the third season to be released was in Aug 2019. Netflix decided to renew GLOW for a fourth and the last season, before finally getting called off. 

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The show had already been in production for the final season for about three weeks when the production work was shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. In October 2020, Netflix announced that production for the series would not resume until the situation gets better globally, as a result, the storyline was left unfinished. 

The moment Netflix decided to cancel GLOW season 4, fans got really disappointed. The show’s cast members and fans appealed to Netflix to greenlight a GLOW feature film that can take an unfinished storyline to the next level. 

Brie supported the idea, but she also advised fans to lower their expectations, saying, “I think a movie would be a great way to wrap it up,”  further saying, “I’m a little pessimistic about it actually happening just in light of everything that’s gone on this year and how difficult it is to get anything back into production with COVID… Don’t hold your breath because if it does happen, it might take a minute.”

Brie further said about the cancellation, “Yeah, it was surprising.” She added, “But it was sort of eclipsed by the shock of everything that was happening globally. [Laughs] You know, so in a way, it was almost like it put things in perspective.”

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The GLOW franchise is not limited to only three seasons that are currently available on Netflix. GLOW, a four-issue comic book limited series based on the Netflix series was released by IDW Publishing in March 2019.

IDW then launched a four-issue follow-up series, GLOW vs. The Babyface, in December 2019. Those who wish to learn more about the real-life GLOW promotion can refer to the 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Over the tenure of the show, GLOW was nominated 15 times for Emmy Awards and received three trophies. The series was set in 1980. The story revolves around Ruth Wilder (Brie), a struggling actress in Los Angeles who finds the last opportunity to get stardom. She got into the glitter and spandex of women’s pro wrestling. 

It is a trend now that athletes step into Hollywood and start a new journey of life in an acting career. Those who are already been into acting for many years also taking interest in sports-related scripts. 

Recently appearing in the news, Conor McGregor is also set to debut in the remake of “Road House.” The former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion will play alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, who will be appearing in the lead role. 

It is mainly sportsmen’s dedication and the charm of appearing in movies that get the acting bug in them. In fact, many athletes end up becoming successful actors or at least try to make it on the big screens, after their sports careers are over. 

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