Betty Gilpin opens up about Netflix’s surprise decision to cancel GLOW season 4. Taking place in 1980s Los Angeles, GLOW follows struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), who joins an up-and-coming female wrestling show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). Not long after joining GLOW, Ruth finds herself at odds with Debbie (Gilpin), a former friend she had a falling out with after she had an affair with Debbie’s husband. The series earned strong reviews from critics and audiences alike, running for three seasons from 2017 to 2019.
Netflix announced in the fall of 2019 that it had renewed GLOW for a fourth and final season, which would enter production in 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, however, production on season 4, which had been underway for 3 weeks, was shut down. In a surprise reversal of their earlier decision, Netflix announced in October 2020 that GLOW season 4 was canceled, much to the dismay of many fans and the show’s stars. Brie, who was previously best known for her role as Annie in Community, recently opened up about GLOW‘s cancelation, calling it the “heartbreak of her career“. Now, Gilpin shares her own thoughts on the matter.
In a new interview on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Gilpin praises her time on GLOW, calling her experience working on the first three seasons “pretty f—ing magic.” The actor also explains that, while she was disappointed by Netflix’s decision, she stayed somewhat quiet about it at the time because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that there were bigger issues going on in the world. Gilpin also hasn’t lost all hope for a season 4, suggesting that “maybe someday” it will come to fruition. Check out Gilpin’s full comment below:
“I mean, those three years were pretty f—ing magic. And, yeah, I was super sad we didn’t get to finish out season 4. Maybe someday something will happen. But it was 2020, and the lessons à la The Hunt, society crumbling, I just didn’t want to seem tone-deaf, ringing a bell in the town square saying, ‘the most devastating part of March 2020 is that a TV show got canceled in the fourth season.’ I just felt like, super protective of, I don’t know, the world.”
When the pandemic really took hold in March 2020, GLOW was far from the only production to shut down. Hollywood productions all over the world, including Mission: Impossible 7, Elvis, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, were impacted by the onset of COVID-19 and forced to temporarily shut down filming. What made GLOW‘s cancelation even more frustrating for fans, however, was the fact that the show boasted strong reviews from fans and critics, and season 4 was confirmed to conclude the stories of Ruth, Debbie, and the rest of the gang.
Gilpin’s comment about not wanting to seem tone-deaf is an admirable approach to GLOW’s cancelation, especially considering how many people were being seriously affected by COVID-19 around the world. While the circumstances of Netflix’s decision to cancel GLOW were certainly extreme, the streamer has earned something of a reputation for canceling beloved shows early, which include Sense8, Bloodline, and, of course, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher. While GLOW‘s cancelation was evidently a blow to many fans, it’s clear that Gilpin also doesn’t think that all hope is lost just yet.
Source: Happy Sad Confused