“GLOW” actress Betty Gilpin has written a heartfelt eulogy in honour of the cancelled Netflix series.
In an emotional tribute published in Vanity Fair, Gilpin, who played Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan, called the role, “The best job I’ll ever have.”
She wrote, “GLOW was cancelled. I am sad. It was the best job I’ll ever have. Our business is a strange mix of attempting childhood dreams to a room full of asleep people and shirking dignity for awake tomato-throwers for rent.”
Gilpin added, “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.”
Netflix announced Monday that the series about women’s wrestling in the 1980s will not be coming back for another season.
The news shocked many because “GLOW” had already been renewed for a fourth and final season and had started production earlier this spring before the coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown.
In a statement, Netflix explained to Newsweek, “We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of ‘GLOW’ due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging.”
The show’s creators released a statement saying, “COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show. Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of ‘GLOW’.”
They continued, “We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone. There’s a lot of sh**ty things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now. But it still sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 women in a frame together again. We’ll miss our cast of weirdo clowns and our heroic crew. It was the best job.”
On Tuesday, star Marc Maron called on Netflix to let the show wrap everything up with a feature film.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 6, 2020
“I think what they should do is, okay, you don’t want to do the show anymore, but let us make a movie, right?” the actor said in a video on Instagram. “Let us wrap it up in a two-hour Netflix movie.”
He added, “They had the whole season laid out, we know where it’s gonna go, why don’t you give the show runners and the writers and the cast an opportunity to finish the story in a movie?”
After being distracted by a squirrel, Maron continued, “That would be great. They Ould take the financial pressure, and then the writers could put together a movie and play it out. The thing about shooting a movie, is when you have that whole script, you can be economic.”
When news of the cancellation broke on Monday, the show’s stars, including Maron and Alison Brie, took to social media to react.
No more GLOW. Sorry. Stinks.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 5, 2020
WEAR A MASK! 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/nqTE7Rcirz
— rebekka johnson (@HelloRebekka) October 5, 2020
Thank you for changing my life Liz. https://t.co/ochd0m7LSw
— Shakira Barrera (@Shakirax3) October 5, 2020
— Kimmy Gatewood (@kimmygatewood) October 6, 2020
So glad to have been a tiny part of this show.
I will play Betty Gilpin’s husband or ex-husband or mail carrier or anything, anytime anyone ever asks me to. She’s one of my favorite scene partners of all time, and I was beyond lucky to get to stand toe-to-toe with her. https://t.co/RgoPjZRJU0
— Rich Sommer (@richsommer) October 5, 2020
Fans and critics were also upset by the news.
anyway, since it's time to eulogize: GLOW was one of the smartest, most accessible works of gender commentary I've ever seen on television. much like wrestling, it took a complex feat of choreography and made it look effortless https://t.co/6sEh7aF0Pk
— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) October 5, 2020
One last thing re #GLOW: there are a lot of women represented in front of and behind the camera here. They are not perfect storytellers and could always be more inclusive & diverse but a lot of people saw themselves in and felt empowered by these characters. Losing that matters. https://t.co/7EH36i3Zmj
— Clarke Jack Nicholson & Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolfe (@clarkewolfe) October 6, 2020
I try not to get too upset about cancellations. But I'm so sad about GLOW, bc I fell for that show the minute I saw the pilot—so bold, warped and goofy, and yet, so emotionally sharp & realistic about the 1980s for women. AND I WANTED TO SEE BETTY GILPIN HEAD UP A TV NETWORK.
— Gremliny Nussboo (@emilynussbaum) October 5, 2020