The ladies grapple with Las Vegas and themselves in Season 3 of ‘GLOW’

‘GLOW’ – A hit in Vegas

It’s Viva Las Vegas for the ladies of “GLOW,” although some aren’t all that enthused, as Season 3 of the ’80s-set wrestling dramedy opens this week on Netflix.

Throwing down Friday, Aug. 9, the new batch of 10 episodes takes the wrestlers away from their home of Los Angeles to Sin City to perform at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, where its nightly show is a hit. That’s obviously good news not only for the hotel and its entertainment director, Sandy Devereaux St. Clair (guest star Geena Davis), but also for show owner Bash (Chris Lowell), who was tired of losing money.

As for the wrestlers, they’d just as soon be back in L.A.

Chief among them is Debbie (Betty Gilpin), who is having heavy pangs of guilt being away from her toddler son. Also struggling is Ruth (Alison Brie), who misses her photographer boyfriend Russell (Victor Quinaz) but finds a sympathetic ear in Sam (Marc Maron), with whom a complicated relationship develops.

Alison Brie stars in “GLOW,” which returns for its third season Friday on Netflix.

But on the plus side, the new setting allows the ladies to shed some L.A. baggage and try new things, such as Ruth’s reconnection with Debbie.

“They are sort of able to have a bit of a Las Vegas affair and leave some of their troubles behind in Los Angeles,” Brie explains. “So that’s really fun, I think, for Ruth to be connecting with Debbie in a way that they used to as friends and it was certainly very fun for Betty and I to be able to play that because we are so close and we’ve had to kind of play like we hated each other for two seasons, like it was hard for us to be in the same room together. So we get to actually enjoy each other a bit in Season 3.”

But doing the same show night after night gets old and the ladies yearn to break the monotony. In one episode, that means a character swap as Debbie takes on Ruth’s Russian character Zoya the Destroyer and Ruth adopts Debbie’s uber-patriotic Liberty Belle – an experience Brie recalls as fun but also a bit nerve-wracking.

“I had some minor anxieties about letting go of Zoya for an episode,” she says. “And of course, once we got to set it was really fun. It’s always fun to play with Betty in the ring so it was one of the best days on set. … When I was waiting in the crowd and watching Betty as Zoya, I had some mixed emotions of like, ‘That’s my character.’ ”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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