Streaming giant Netflix announced this week it is canceling popular show “GLOW” due to COVID-19 concerns.
GLOW, which stands for “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” was in the process of filming its fourth season before the cancelation. Filming was halted earlier this year as the coronavirus began to spread, according to a Deadline report.
The show is set in the 1980s and focuses on a group of women trying to make it big in the world of professional wrestling. Netflix had originally renewed the show for a fourth season last August before the pandemic shut down filming. The showed stars actress Alison Brie as “Ruth” and actor Marc Maron as GLOW manager “Sam.” Both reacted to news of the cancelation on Monday.
“NO more Glow,” Maron tweets. Sorry. Stinks.”
“Going to miss this” Brie writes. “Forever grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever.” She ends the tweet with a red heart emoji.
In a statement to Deadline, GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch express their disappointment in the cancellation but also say they understand the reasoning.
“COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show,” the statement reads. “Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone. There’s a lot of s****y things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now. But it still sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 women in a frame together again.”
A Netflix spokesperson told Deadline the cancelation of GLOW was a tough decision. The show’s concept requires actors to simulate wrestling moves, meaning physical contact with each other, which is a no-no in the COVID-19 era.
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging,” a Netflix statement read. “We are so grateful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan and all the writers, cast and crew for sharing this story about the incredible women of GLOW with us and the world.”