Well this just sucks! The all female wrestling drama, GLOW, has been officially canceled. We all knew the fourth season would be its last but word is now breaking that Season 3 is it. An open ended series finale that left the group choosing new paths and going their separate ways.
But why would the streaming giant kill the beloved series ahead of its final season? You guessed it, COVID-19.
“COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show,” series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
GLOW was about three weeks into filming its fourth season when production was suspended in mid-March amid the escalating COVID outbreak. (Brie posted a photo from the set on February19.) At the time of the shutdown, GLOW had completed one episode and had started on a second.
Over the past seven months, Netflix, which is a studio on the series, had been working on ways to get the show back into production. Shot entirely in Los Angeles, which has proven to be one of the more challenging locations to get large-scale productions back up and running, 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.
All of the series regulars have been paid for Season 4 in full.