Anyone in Austin that doesn’t live under a rock is familiar with the Texas Rollergirls. And starting next week, thanks to A&E, the rest of America will get its chance. All last year, local filmmakers (including friends Dan Brown and Bradley Beesley) have been hard at work on the first season of Rollergirls, an A&E show following the daily lives of these local women and their current competitions. The series premiere happens Monday, January 2. Here’s how the network describes it:
“Step inside the fast-paced, dangerous world of roller derby. Traveling around the banked track at breakneck speed, the women of Rollergirls™ do whatever they can to help their team win and to sideline their opponents. One false move—a slip, a trip, or a push—can lead to a penalty or a painful injury. This is a sport in which bones can easily be broken.
Lux, Sister Mary Jane, Punky Bruiser, Miss Conduct, Venis Envy, Cha Cha, and the rest of the Rollergirls put their all into each bout and sometimes don’t let little things like the rules get in the way of their quest for victory. In each episode, these feisty, independent women show the world that they know how to play hard.
For all of their rough play and tough talk, these women lead very different lives out of the rink. One is a maternity nurse. Another is a special education teacher. Several work as waitresses. So what brings them all to the rink? For these women, putting on the skates offers them a boost in confidence, a source of excitement, and a chance for adventure.”
For more information on the show, check out the official Web site.