‘Heels’ Producers Break Down The Wrestling Drama

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‘Heels’ is a wrestling drama on Starz that features former ‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell as Jack Spade, a heel in the fictional Duffy Wrestling League (DWL). He stars with Alexander Ludwig who plays Jack’s younger brother and a fellow wrestler in DWL. The show has been well-received by critics who praised the story and the acting.

Creator Michael Waldron and showrunner Mike O’Malley recently sat down with Collider to discuss the show, their roles as executive producers, and why they want to keep it exciting for the audience.

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When asked how far they have planned for the show, both agreed that they hope it runs for half a decade.

“I just wanna say that Michael has already figured out five years. What scares me is that then we have to actually start typing those up. But he knows,” explained O’Malley.

Waldron said, “This show has lived in my head since 2013, so I’ve had a lot of time to think about where it might go with what we’ve teed up in this first season. We’ve launched what I think is an exciting adventure, in its own way. That’s the great thing about doing a show set in the world of wrestling. It’s a far-reaching world populated with a lot of different, crazy characters and with a batshit crazy history and mythology to keep pulling from. So, we’re never gonna be wanting for source material, so to speak. It’s a rich world. There’s a little more meat on the bone.”

O’Malley added, “One of the things we set up is, as a little bit of success comes their way, how do people operate when they feel like that success is coming? That’s what we’re set up for, in the second season. There are people who are emotionally intertwined with one another and don’t like how they’re being treated, and maybe you have or all of us have worked at jobs where, even though they might’ve been compensating us with money and benefits, it wasn’t the right thing because emotionally it wasn’t the right thing. I think that’s where we can continue to go at, with the wrestling world.”

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‘Heels’ airs on Starz on Sundays and also stars Alison Luff, Mary McCormack, Kelli Berglund, Allen Maldonado, James Harrison, Roxton Garcia, and Chris Bauer.


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