Last year Netflix’s “GLOW” reaped eight Emmy nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Supporting Actress for Betty Gilpin, winning prizes for its production design and stunts. Yet stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron were nowhere to be found in the respective lead and supporting categories, despite bids at the Golden Globes (Brie) and SAG (Brie and Maron). With the second season garnering even better reviews than the first, voters should make up for their shocking snubs.
Year two of the ’80s set comedy about lady wrestlers provides Brie with some primo material to work with. Ruth Wilder, the aspiring actress who hits her stride while in the ring, gets her ankle broken by her scorned best friend (Gilpin), fights off the advances of a leering network executive, explores new creative outlets by directing the show-within-a-show, and finds new love with a sweet-natured cameraman (Victor Quinaz). So needless to say, she’s got her fair share of exceptional episode submissions should she get nominated, and she’s got a good shot considering her return to the Golden Globes and SAG earlier this year.
Maron, meanwhile, continues to be a revelation as Sam Silvia, the failed filmmaker who reaches new creative heights by directing the ‘GLOW’ TV series. While trying to bring some artistic integrity to the low-rent affair, he finds himself dealing with his romantic feelings for Ruth and a new relationship with his estranged daughter, Justine (Britt Baron). As was the case with the first season, the comic-turned-actor proves himself capable of touching our hearts while making us laugh.
A nom this year would be a career-first for both stars, which is surprising considering Brie gave acclaimed performances in “Community” and “Mad Men,” while Maron showed off his acting abilities in his own series, “Maron.” Yet their work on “GLOW” is on a whole other level, with both finding new notes to play in their screen personas: Brie the cheery, optimistic goofball hiding an inner anxiety, Maron the perpetual cynic whose anger masks a deeper pain. Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch give these actors the chance to shine, and they take it.
Obviously, the glut of prime television makes it difficult for new performers to break though, especially when they’ve already been snubbed once. But it’s not impossible, and given “GLOW’s” popularity with the TV academy, here’s hoping they don’t K.O. two of the shows acting M.V.P.s twice in a row.
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