G.L.O.W. (or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) premiered in 1986 as an all-female alternative to the likes of the WWE. Featuring a colorful cast of characters, strong role models, and irreverent comedy sketches, the original wrestling organization and variety show has been the breeding ground for several actress’ professional careers in film since its inception thirty years ago.
On that note, it would appear that widely acclaimed TV show runner Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black) will be producing a brand new G.L.O.W. TV series for Netflix, with a first season run of ten episodes. Given Kohan’s track record as an eminent force for giving voice to strong-headed women on the small screen (see also: Weeds), the new show should prove to be in keeping with her outstanding body of work. Furthermore, the latest word has it that Kohan has found her latest leading lady.
According to Variety, Alison Brie (Community) has just signed on to play an out-of-work actor on G.L.O.W. who hopes to revitalize her career on the weekly series about female wrestlers. With the half-hour show being officially billed as featuring, “Big hair and body slams,” Kohan appears to have something entirely new and exciting up her sleeve for longtime fans of shows like Weeds and Orange is the New Black.
Given the fact that Brie is also a star performer on fellow Netflix original series BoJack Horseman, it should perhaps come as no surprise that her talent would be considered to lead the charge of a new half-hour comedy like G.L.O.W. What’s more, Kohan’s latest should be broad enough to the point where Brie will be able to bring a lot of her comedy chops to bear on the fairly outlandish concept and existing property.
Whether or not G.L.O.W. will ultimately appeal to viewers entirely unfamiliar with the original wrestling program and touring company that left the airwaves way back in 1990 remains to be seen. That being said, Kohan has proven herself to be a skilled writer and creator of original TV series several times over in the past, which should serve her well in the making of her latest serialized production for the small screen on Netflix in the near future.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on G.L.O.W. as casting continues.