Professional wrestling seems as popular as it’s ever been. WWE is covered by SportsCenter. It’s a regular part of television and video game culture. Here at The Comeback, we have two columns per week devoted to WWE.
So is the time right to bring back GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)? Well, yes and no. GLOW was a syndicated TV wrestling show, televising matches held in Las Vegas from 1986 to 1990. That organization, with its collection of garishly costumed female wrestlers and comedy sketches, is not being revived. But it will be the basis of a new comedy for Netflix that promises to feature “big hair and body slams.”
A 2011 documentary about the female wrestling league, titled GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling inspired the series and is currently available for streaming on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Google Play.
GLOW will be executive produced by Jenji Kohan, creator of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and Weeds for Showtime. The series will be a fictionalized version of the wrestling promotion, following an actress who can’t find work and tries to catch a break in a series about female wrestlers. Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (OITNB) are the co-creators of the series and will serve as showrunners. The two writers previously worked together on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of GLOW, but the series is still very much in the developmental stages. No production has yet been scheduled, nor have any actors been cast for the show. A premiere date has yet to be announced.