Netflix’s “GLOW” has become the breakout new series at award shows this month, earning nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards. The comedy series is now certainly in the hunt to earn major Emmy nominations next year, but will it be able to sustain its success all the way to summer 2018?
“GLOW,” a fictionalized account of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion from the 1980s, debuted in the summer on Netflix to positive reviews, but now its finding even greater acclaim on the awards circuit. Star Alison Brie, who plays Ruth Wilder, a.k.a. Zoya the Destroya, has earned the trifecta of Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG nominations, while Marc Maron, who plays the group’s director, Sam Sylvia, has gotten in at Critics’ Choice and SAG. Standout Betty Glipin, a.k.a. Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan, was also nominated at Critics’ Choice, and all three join the rest of the cast in being nominated for SAG’s ensemble prize.
Brie will almost certainly earn her first Emmy nomination, after years of great work on critically acclaimed and award-winning shows like “Community, “Mad Men” and “BoJack Horseman.” Last year, John Lithgow (“The Crown”) and Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) also earned the trifecta of Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG nominations, and both went on to Emmy nods, and in Lithgow’s case, a win. Maron is beloved in the comedy world and his character is the kind of lovable jerk that often does well in the Supporting Actor category.
The most significant get for “GLOW” is easily the SAG Ensemble nomination. No new comedy series has earned a nomination there on its first season since “Glee” and “Modern Family” in 2009, and both shows exploded with Emmy nominations several months later. Three new drama series were nominated last year for Drama Ensemble — “The Crown,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” — and all three did extremely well at this year’s Emmys. This year we also have “The Handmaid’s Tale” getting a SAG Ensemble nomination for its first season, though this is after its huge Emmy haul this past September.
It isn’t just the acting that is impressing awards bodies, though, having earned a Best Comedy Series nomination at Critics’ Choice and nominations at the WGA for Comedy Series and New Series. All told, “GLOW” is the most prominent new comedy in awards contention, and for SAG to already reward it, considering they are typically slow to take to newer shows, means it could very well be a huge Emmy favorite. If “GLOW” returns for Season 2 around the same time as Emmy voting, watch out.
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