Jenji Kohan’s had a remarkable run on Netflix. The Weeds creator found new life with the streaming service’s runaway success, Orange is the New Black. When that series first debuted in 2013, it solidified Netflix’s foray into original content and set the stage for the success of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and this summer’s surprise smash hit Stranger Things. The continued success of Orange is the New Black, which saw its fourth season debut earlier this summer, has been a bright spot for Netflix, and it’s no wonder that the producer and service are continuing their relationship.
Earlier this week it was announced that Kohan would produce a new series for Netflix, G.L.O.W. An acronym for The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the series stars Alison Brie (Community) in a real life inspired tale about a female wrestling league in the '80s. Brie plays Ruth, a down on her luck actress who finds herself a new kind of role when she joins a fledgling wrestling league. With the series set to begin production soon, more information is coming to light about the project, including Brie’s newly announced co-star.
Deadline is reporting that G.L.O.W. has tapped Marc Maron (Maron) to star as Sam Sylvia, a former Hollywood director whose history with women has tarnished his reputation. Under his guiding hand, 14 of the leagues wrestling ladies attempt to gain stardom.
Maron is coming off the fourth and final season of his acclaimed comedic series, Maron, whose ending was a surprise to fans. The stand-up comedian has been expanding his acting repertoire in recent months, with small roles in this year’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Get A Job.
He’s in good company with Brie, who’s been working consistently since the end of Community last year. Like Kohan, Brie extends her relationship with Netflix via G.L.O.W.; the actress already has a prominent voice role on the service’s animated dramedy BoJack Horseman. The one-two punch (body slam?) of Brie and Maron is already indicative of the potential for brilliant comedy which, given Kohan’s presence behind the scenes, should also serve as a source for heartfelt drama and exciting twists.
They’ve got plenty to work with given their real life inspiration. The original G.L.O.W. grew out of Los Angeles in the 1980s to become a syndicated Las Vegas wrestling/sketch show meant to counterbalance the hypermasculinity of the then-WWF. The league became a cult-favorite of sorts for wrestling fans over its four year history.
G.L.O.W. was created by Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Weeds). Little else is known about the 10-episode series except that it’s set to premiere sometime in 2017. That’s certainly good news for Maron’s fans following the surprise absence of Maron. While he’s certainly not out of the spotlight—his WTF Podcast is one of the most popular internet shows of the day—his presence as an actor was going to be mixed next year in the wake of Maron’s finale. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing more of the comedian as he steps in the ring once more. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on G.L.O.W. as it develops.
G.L.O.W. premieres on Netflix sometime in 2017.