Glow Season 4-GLOW, Netflix's female wrestling dramedy, will not return for a fourth and final season, according to an exclusive report. The streamer has overturned its August 2019 renewal decision, which was made more than a year earlier. The sitcom, which stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron, has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“COVID has murdered real people.” It's a national catastrophe that deserves our attention. COVID also appears to have taken down our programme,” Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the show's creators, stated in a statement to Deadline. “Netflix has opted not to complete filming on GLOW's final season. We were given complete creative control over the production of a complex comedy about women and the telling of their tales. And there's wrestling. That's no longer the case. There are a lot of bad things going on in the world right now that are far greater than this. But it's still a bummer that we won't be able to see these 15 women in the same frame again.”
“We'll miss our ensemble of odd clowns and our heroic team,” Flahive and Mensch said. It was the finest job I'd ever had.” “Register to vote,” they say at the end of their letter to admirers. Please vote as well.”
Production on GLOW's fourth season was halted in mid-March, just three weeks into filming, because of the rising COVID epidemic. (On February 19, Brie shared a shot from the set.) GLOW had finished one episode and was working on a second when it was shut down.
Netflix, which is a studio on the project, has been working on methods to get it back into production for the past seven months. GLOW faced its unique challenges with the physical requirements of wrestling — a focal point of the show — that make it high-risk to produce safely during COVID. Shot entirely in Los Angeles, which has proven to be one of the more difficult locations to get large-scale productions back up and running, GLOW faced its unique challenges with the physical requirements of wrestling — a focal point of the show — that make it high-risk to produce safely during COVID. Physical contact, heavy breathing, and exertion are all necessary for wrestling, but they should be avoided during a pandemic due to the risk of transmitting the virus.
It's already a pricey, high-end series. For its huge cast of 20, GLOW faced substantial extra COVID-related fees. This, along with the ambiguity surrounding COVID-19 and the series' inherent physicality, which had to be neutralised, pushed the budget of the series too high for Netflix to proceed, according to insiders. Furthermore, GLOW would not have returned to the air until 2022, at least two and a half years after Season 3. Netflix executives didn't believe there would be a large enough audience that would turn in at that stage to justify the investment, given the huge delay and higher production expenses.
Season 4 has been paid in full to all of the series regulars.
“We've taken the painful choice not to pursue a fourth season of GLOW owing to COVID, which makes filming this physically intimate show with such a huge ensemble cast extra problematic,” a Netflix representative told Deadline. “We are incredibly thankful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan, and all of the writers, actors, and crew for sharing this tale of GLOW's remarkable women with us and the rest of the world.”
Due to “circumstances relating to COVID,” Netflix decided not to proceed with already commissioned second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This in August.
GLOW was inspired by the short-lived but adored 1980s programme, which received 15 Emmy nominations and three wins during its tenure. It portrays the fictional narrative of Ruth Wilder (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who is forced into the glitter and spandex world of women's pro wrestling and discovers one final opportunity for glory.
Along with Kohan, Tara Herrmann, and Mark Burley, creators Flahive and Mensch acted as showrunners and writers, as well as executive producers.
Season 3 followed the GLOW girls as they conquered the Vegas strip. The women immediately learn that Sin City is far more grind than glitter now that they are headliners at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. Ruth's love for the show, which she has always been, begins to take a second seat to her increasingly difficult personal life.