Hang up your singlet, because Netflix has cancelled GLOW due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though it was one of Netflix’s hottest original series, and even though it was previously renewed for a fourth and final season, the streamer has retroactively cancelled GLOW due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch released a statement today addressing the news saying, “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—ty 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. Register to vote. And please vote.”
GLOW had begun production on the fourth and final season back in February. They were able to finish filming one episode and had started on a second but then the lockdown went into affect and like all other entertainment, production was shut down.
Keeping production going brought too much risk to the ring. Part of the reason they show decided to permanently stop production is due to the complications it is to film a show like this in these times. With such a large ensemble cast, testing everyone and keeping a production bubble turned out to be much easier said than done.
Fans are going to take the news that the cancelation means that the season 3 cliffhanger like a punch to the gut. However, a slight bright spot comes with the news that the series regulars are being paid for a full season of production.
R.I.P Netflix’s GLOW.