It's not a huge leap from fighting in the prison yard to fighting in the wrestling ring, and for writer/producer Jenji Kohan, both involve some real tough ladies. The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Kohan, creator of popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, is set to produce a new comedy series for Netflix based on the '80s women's wrestling show GLOW — Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The straight-to-series 10-episode show will be less scripted wrestling and more character-based, yet will retain all the big hair and silly scenarios of the original.
This new iteration of GLOW was co-created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (OITNB) and follows a down-on-her-luck actress as she attempts to find another avenue to fame via a women's wrestling league. Netflix continues its love of GLOW after having streamed the 2011 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which was both a critical and award-winning success.
The original series was created by Matt Cimber and inspired by Jackie Stallone's women's gym Barbarella's. The series ran for four seasons between 1986 and 1990.
Orange is the New Black gets its Season 4 release in a mere three weeks in the midst of Netflix picking up steam in its comedic programming. Recently the streaming network ordered a series for satirical comedy Dear White People and the Wet Hot American Summer sequel Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Meanwhile, newer releases such as Judd Apatow's Love, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Aziz Ansari's Master of None have all found devoted followings.
So will GLOW find an audience at Netflix? Eighties nostalgia is a strong force and the premise is ripe with hilarious potential. The women featured on the show were dressed like Jem and the Holograms come to life and each had a persona that was embodied by their (flimsy) wrestling outfit. Spike wore spikes, Little Fiji looked like a Hawaiian Hula dancer, Little Egypt wore a gold snake around her arm — you get the idea.
Just look at the original show's opening theme below for a full lineup of characters we can potentially expect to see revisited in the new series. They'll have you laughing from the get-go. And after having established some seriously strong females in Orange is the New Black, we can expect to see Kohan's GLOW ladies be just as fierce — but with way more muscle.
Does GLOW sound like your next Netflix binging must-see?
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter;