Monday, October 5, 2020

Netflix Cancels 'GLOW' After 3 Seasons, Reversing Prior Decision for Final Season

Despite previously being renewed for a fourth and final season, Netflix has announced that the original comedy series GLOW will not be returning to production on new episodes. The series is the latest casualty as a result of the production shutdown associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"COVID has killed actual humans. It's a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show," said series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. "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 sh*tty 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. We'll miss our cast of weirdo clowns and our heroic crew. It was the best job. Register to vote. And please vote."

Netflix released the following statement: "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. 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."

The comedy starred Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Britt Baron, Kate Nash, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Chris Lowell and Marc Maron.

Flahive and Mensch executive produced with Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann and Mark Burley. Tilted Productions produced in association with Netflix.

GLOW becomes the third series to either be un-renewed at Netflix or denied a pickup after a new season was entirely written - joining I Am Not Okay With This and The Society. The fourth and final season had been in production for three weeks before the entertainment industry shut down completely in March. Only one episode had been completely produced.