Netflix recently released images from the set of its upcoming original series GLOW. The first images from GLOW show Brie and her co-stars clad in fluorescent 1980s spandex, training to become professional wrestlers in dingy warehouses, or enjoying a post-workout burger. The costumes, hair, and makeup in GLOW relive the glory of the soon-to-be-back-in-style 80s fashions in all their glory. The trailer released last month brings the 80s cheese front and center with a reverb-soaked We Are the Champions-esque soundtrack, neon lights, and big hair aplenty. While such creative choices would normally lend a live-action series a cartoony tone, the visual style of GLOW fits perfectly with its subject matter.
The series depicts one of the most overlooked and influential organizations in professional wrestling history, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW. The all female, over-the-top wrestling promotion company might be mostly forgotten today, but it nonetheless had a profound impact on the future of the pseudo-sport. Each wrestler entered arenas to her own original rap song and matches featured comedy sketches, colorful costumes, and wacky commentary from Miles Headlock, the “world’s first computerized commentator.”
GLOW faded into relative obscurity after its dissolution from television in 1992 but Netflix seems to seek to turn that obscurity upside down with the new original series. Judging from the amount of name power behind the series, Netflix has high hopes for GLOW. The series stars Alison Brie as Ruth, an out-of-work actress who auditions for the wrestling series as a way to get back into the limelight. Mark Maron (Easy) as Sam Sylvia, a down-on-his-luck B-movie director attempting to take the ragtag women’s wrestling league to the top of the airwaves. Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann, creators of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black serve as executive producers, while the series was co-created by television veterans Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black) who also serve as showrunners. GLOW will debut on Netflix on June 23, 2017 with its ten-episode first season.
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