G.L.O.W, which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is a new series that has been greenlighted to premiere on the world’s leading streaming video channel Netflix. The series will be an extension of the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary produced in 2011 by the same name. The Netflix version, however, will take on a more comedic approach to the series. The series will be headed up by Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black) as executive producer, along with Tara Herrman. Also involved are G.L.O.W co-creators Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie). Flahive and Mensch are also billed as serving as showrunners.
Founded in the mid-80’s and tapping into the ratings giant that wresting of the time was, G.L.O.W. was created. Consisting of only women, the well-received addition to the wrestling viewing fair of the time garnered its own self-titled show that ran until 1990. The troupe of women wrestlers also toured across the country, performing in a magnitude of live shows.
Against the back drop of the Reagan-era of the cold war, the original television series was a definitive answer to the then male-dominated World Wrestling Federation. The ladies came from all walks of life each sporting their own unique character and persona, as they battled it out in the ring, to the delight of every male viewer. The series was set against the glamour and glitz of the Las Vegas of that time, with the syndicated series running for four seasons. Each episode featured sketches, songs, and of course plenty of female wrestling, all to the delight of the viewing audience.
The new series, made for Netflix, will contain stories inspired by the actual female wrestlers themselves, with all the behind the scenes you can handle. The series will contain half-hour episodes that in story telling format will take the real life stories and fictionalize them. The series is slated to revolve around the main character, a down and out on her luck actress, who in one last attempt to make her dreams come true, finds herself on a weekly series about female wrestlers.
This revamped, updated version of the original #GLOW is being billed as having the backdrop of the more cut-throat entertainment business that is Los Angeles, and promises to contain plenty of the “big hair and body slams” the original had, if not more.
With all the revamping occurring the last decade or so, one has to wonder if Hollywood is running out of new ideas. It seems that more often than not, they are taking a former series, sometimes a classic, reworking and tweaking it slightly, and trying to introduce it as something new, fresh, and noteworthy. But, that is not always the case, and that tactic does not always sit well with the television viewing public. Although the @GLOW series did have its followers in its hay day, one has to keep in mind that wrestling, in general, was just starting to come into its own. Today, the wrestling genre, as a viewed sport, has worked its way into our weekly, sometimes nightly, viewing routine. One has to wonder if a fictionalized version, of a once popular live action series, will succeed. It is nice to harken back to the popular series of old, but not all of them can be rebooted to work in today’s world. It will truly be at the hands of the viewers whether this one will win, or be down for the count.
Although it is being reported that Netflix has officially ordered ten episodes for the first season of this new series, there are no other details or information to be found. There is no mention of an expected date for the series premiere to air, and as of this writing the show was still listed in development. No information can be found on any possible cast members, or roles to be included in the production.
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