As first reported in Deadline, Netflix has cancelled GLOW after three seasons. The show had previously been renewed for a fourth and final season in August 2019, but factors related to the ongoing pandemic have meant that continuing production was not possible for Netflix.
The report said that due to the close contact and highly physical nature of filming the wrestling scenes of the show it was considered particularly high risk.
This combined with the fact that GLOW was already an expensive series, the additional cost implications of ensuring the safety of all those involved with the production and the significant delay in bringing season four to screens was too much for Netflix to bear.
“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,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
“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.”
The creators, speaking to Deadline, said “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 sh*tty 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.”
Season 4 was already several weeks into filming, with one episode already completed when production was halted.
The show starred Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, and AEW star The Awesome Kong.
Numerous other wrestlers have been involved with the production, most notably Chavo Guerrero Jr., Carlito, & Alex Riley.
One of the stars of the show, Marc Maron tweeted about his dissatisfaction with GLOW ending:
No more GLOW. Sorry. Stinks.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 5, 2020
GLOW was based on the real life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion that aired 1986-1990.