Community‘s Alison Brie will be returning to series comedy with G.L.O.W., a Netflix comedy set in the world of a 1980s women’s wrestling league. Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan will executive produce the series, which Netflix ordered straight to series earlier this year.
G.L.O.W. was created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who previously worked together on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. The series is based on the real-world “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” a televised women’s professional wrestling show spun off from the World Wrestling Federation in 1986. The syndicated series ran for four seasons, broadcasting a mix of wrestling, songs, and sketches from the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas. The hairspray and spandex budget for this puppy is going to be enormous.
Deadline reports Brie will play Ruth, a struggling actress who joins a weekly women’s wrestling TV show in a last-ditch hope at finding fame. Brie is the only person officially cast so far, but her comedic chops should shine in G.L.O.W. She’s certainly no stranger to over-the-top silliness, having made a name for herself playing Annie Edison on the cult favorite NBC sitcom Community. G.L.O.W. will be the second Netflix original series Brie has been a part of — she also voices the character Diane Nguyen on the animated series BoJack Horseman. Elsewhere in the streaming world, Brie can be seen playing Miss Dunstable in the Amazon original miniseries Doctor Thorne.
In addition to working on Nurse Jackie, G.L.O.W. co-creator Liz Flahive served as a writer and consulting producer on Showtime’s espionage drama Homeland. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the 2014 comedy Adult Beginners, starring Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne. Carly Mensch worked with Jenji Kohan as a supervising producer on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, and before that on Kohan’s Weeds.
G.L.O.W. will debut with a 10-episode first season. It’s still very early in production, so there’s no announced release date yet, although we’d guess late 2017 at the very earliest.
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