GLOW, the Netflix series based on the infamous 1980s ladies wrestling promotion and starring Alison Brie, will not return for a fourth season despite one being approved for 2021.
It appears the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of pretty much everything has led to anything that was already filmed for a fourth go-around of the cult hit show being scrapped.
A Netflix spokesperson said in a statement: “We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging.
“We are so grateful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan and all the writers, cast and crew for sharing this story about the incredible women of GLOW with us and the world.
“GLOW 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.”
In a statement to Deadline, series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said: “COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus.
“COVID also apparently took down our show. 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 s****y 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. It was the best job.
They ended their statement with: “Register to vote. And please vote.”
The show ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, with all of the wrestlers contracted to the company choosing to take separate paths. The gang – which included former WWE star and TNA/Impact Knockouts champion Awesome Kong – would have inevitably reunited at the start of season four, had it gone on as planned.
Other well-known wrestling figures also appeared, such as Chavo Guerrero Jr (who also worked behind the scenes on the show), Alex Riley, Tyrus/Brodus Clay, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Carlito.