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Orange Is the New Black Team to Bring All-Female Wrestling Comedy to Netflix

Get ready to G.L.O.W.!


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Orange Is the New Black is an occasionally transcendentally great, occasionally infuriating show, but I’m hard pressed to think of another series that features so many women. Now, Netflix is getting another lady-led show, backed by some of the creative team from Orange Is the New Black!

According to Deadline, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of G.L.O.W., a comedy series loosely based on the 1980s female wrestling league television show G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). The Netflix series was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is the New Black), and will be executive produced by Orange Is the New Black‘s creator/executive producer Jenji Kohan and co-executive producer Tara Herrmann. Here’s a synopsis, via Deadline: “Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.”

I honestly can’t believe I’d never heard of the original G.L.O.W. before (I’m going to blame growing up in Canada), since it seems like a fascinating part of television and wrestling history. Jezebel recommends checking out the documentary G.L..O.W.: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to learn more about the history of the the series. Judging by the documentary’s trailer, many of the show’s women dealt with unrealistic, exacting body standards, pressure from male directors, and other serious subjects. It sounds like the Netflix show will have a lot to mine.

Are any of you fans of the original G.L.O.W.? What do you think of this news?

(featured image via G.L.O.W.: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling screenshot)

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