Dammit. Netflix has decided to cancel GLOW after three seasons.
The Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Marron-starring series, an acclaimed dramedy following female wrestlers, was renewed for a fourth season over a year ago. Well, the streamer is reversing that decision, now calling it quits for the series due to COVID-related production issues.
“COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show,” series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch have said to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news.
“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.”
Frustratingly, the fourth season had already started filming earlier this year. Production on the next chapter had been running for around three weeks before filming was halted in mid-March as the pandemic escalated.
There are a number of reported reasons that Netflix isn’t willing to continue the series, including the close contact that cast members will have to undertake with wrestling scenes; having to pay a cast of around 20 (although the lead recurring members have reportedly already been paid for s4 in full); and the challenges of shooting in Los Angeles during this time.
Furthermore, with season four meaning the show’s return would occur sometime in 2022 (around two and half years after season three), Deadline reports that Netflix “didn’t have confidence there would be a big enough audience who would tune in at that point” to warrant the expenditure.
“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,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “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.”
A number of the show’s stars shared their reactions to the news on social media. “Going to miss this,” posted Alison Brie. “Forever grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever.”
“Sorry. Stinks,” posted Marc Maron.
No more GLOW. Sorry. Stinks.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 5, 2020
“My heart,” posted Britt Baron.
My heart. pic.twitter.com/JCaQwTpfC3
— Britt Baron (@brittbaron) October 5, 2020