The series had previously been renewed for a fourth season, which the streamer has now decided not to pursue…
Netflix has rescinded its renewal of the popular ladies wrestling series GLOW, and will no longer invest in a fourth season, due to “coronavirus concerns.”
The show, which stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, had already started filming on Season 4 earlier in the year, before the pandemic prompted a global industry shutdown.
“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 told Deadline. “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,” the pair added. “It was the best job. Register to vote. And please vote.”
Deadline also explained some of the risks involved with GLOW‘s production, saying that the series “faced its own unique challenges with the physical requirements of wrestling — a focal point of the show — that make it high-risk to produce safely during COVID. That includes physical contact, heavy breathing and exertion, which are required for wrestling but should be avoided during a pandemic because of danger spreading the virus.”
The time it would have taken to get the fourth season of GLOW streaming was apparently also a mitigating factor.