1:16pm PT by Jackie Strause
Betty Gilpin Mourns Netflix's 'GLOW' After Cancellation: "Sad and Weird to End This Way"
Back in September and before the coronavirus pandemic would hit, GLOW was set to end on its own terms.
Netflix's Emmy-winning wrestling dramedy starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin — and from co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch and executive producer Jenji Kohan — was going to return for a fourth and final season after ending on a cliff-hanger, despite a fair amount of uncertainty over whether or not the critically beloved gem would get a chance to continue. "We have a full story to tell and whether or not we’re idiots for not giving ourselves an ending this season remains to be seen," Flahive had told The Hollywood Reporter after season three and before the exciting renewal news. "We’d love to have the opportunity to give the show a satisfying ending."
Then flash-forward to Monday, when the streaming giant reversed its season four renewal decision due to COVID-19 issues, and the team behind the female-run, inclusive ensemble is now left mourning what star Gilpin refers to as "the best job I'll ever have," as she writes in a new column for Vanity Fair.
Like Flahive and Mensch did in their joint statement about the cancellation, Gilpin acknowledges that it's a pandemic and "Rome is burning," but that doesn't take away from how sad she feels that GLOW is abruptly over. "Apparently numbers-wise, GLOW really only appealed to men in kimonos and women in cat hair, who, as far as I’m concerned, are the beating heart of the arts and the reason to keep waking up," she writes on Wednesday, referencing GLOW's audience (Netflix does not release viewership data).
She credits Flahive and Mensch for changing her life with the meaty role ("I will be forever grateful to you ... It's sad and weird to end this way"), and notes this of Kohan, whose newest Netflix offering Teenage Bounty Hunters was also canceled: "It should be said that Jenji Kohan writing love letters to these very misfits is what took Netflix from scrappy DVD Postmates to towering Versailles Studios. All. Hail. Jenji."
Gilpin, who has been pointedly vocal about the impact that GLOW has had on her life, both personally and professionally, recommended that viewers who are "drowning in real-life horrors" find a lifeboat in GLOW — a show where everybody, both in front of and behind the camera, "got to do their dream."
She writes, "If you, like me, are feeling insane at waking up every morning to check your phone to see if the emperor having no clothes counts as being immune-compromised, and you need a break, I have a recommendation. It’s not world-changing — we need to do that most right now, and focus our efforts there. But if in between fighting you need an escape, I suggest watching GLOW. "
To close out the column that was billed as her eulogy for the series, Gilpin calls out co-star Brie and their characters' starring friendship, a reference that dedicated viewers are sure to enjoy: "In a world with so much wickedness, I am so very grateful I got to spend three years in Oz. And in a real backhanded All About Eve move, in this metaphor I’m going to cast myself as Dorothy and Alison Brie as the Scarecrow. Because of course I’m going to miss you most of all."