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

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

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.

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 nervewrack­ing.

“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.’ ”

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

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