It looks like Alison Brie will be fairly busy in the near future. Formerly starring in the hit comedy Community, Brie has been cast as the lead in Netflix’s comedic remake of the 80’s wrestling show, G.L.O.W. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was a pro-wrestling counterpart to the WWE in the 1980’s that focused on a colorful cast of all female wrestlers. In actuality, the majority of the stars had no previous training in the ring.
The series, which is being developed by Liz Flahive of Homeland fame and will be a fictionalized comedy show based on the original series. The original show ran from 1986 to 1990 and was filmed at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The original G.L.O.W. was run more like a traditional TV show as opposed to the WWE. Seasons and casting changes were commonplace while many of the shows stars were dancers, actresses, and stuntwomen looking to catch their big break. Watching the intro to the show should provide many answers to any questions about the original G.L.O.W.
A description in Variety depicts Brie’s character as a struggling actress who “finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.”
Along with Flahive, Carly Mensch from Orange is the New Black is being touted as one of the creators. The two will also be the primary showrunners for the series. Also from OITNB, Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are signed on to be executive producers.
Netflix has ordered a 10 episode season of G.L.O.W., but has yet to announce when the series will be available.