“‘GLOW’ is about a 1985 women’s wrestling television show,” explains the show’s star Alison Brie in a new featurette for the Netflix series (watch above). “This whole job has been totally female-forward. Our creators are women, our producers are women, 14 members of the cast are women.” “GLOW” follows a fictionalized version of the professional wrestling circuit the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It was created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (previously writers and producers of “Nurse Jackie”) and also executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”).
The series premieres on June 23, so it won’t be eligible for Emmys until 2018, but Kohan’s female-driven “Orange” is also a summer series and proved to be a big hit with awards voters and audiences. So did another ’80s-set project, “Stranger Things,” when it premiered on the streaming service in the summer of 2016 to plenty of fanfare. It was nominated for two Golden Globes and won a SAG Award for Best TV Drama Ensemble. So “GLOW” could be the best of both worlds.
Brie could be the latest actor who follows an underappreciated comedy gem (“Community”) with an awards hit. Recently “Parks and Recreation” alum Aziz Ansari created and stars in the awards hit “Master of None,” and Brie’s “Community” co-star Donald Glover has been racking up plaudits for his FX show “Atlanta.” The series also stars Betty Gilpin (“Nurse Jackie,” “American Gods”), who highlights the diverse group of women in the cast, “but the thing they have in common is that they’re kind of at a breaking point in their lives where if something doesn’t change, something insane is going to happen.”
Will the Gorgeous Ladies be another summer hit for the streaming service? Watch the new featurette above.