In a stunning reversal of a decision to make the fourth and final season, GLOW has been cancelled by Netflix. Deadline is reporting the story. The company, which usually has a very quick trigger on cancellations, usually doesn’t go back on an order for a show. As we reported back in September of last year, the show was supposed to be filming the fourth season earlier this year. The show began filming, but was shuttered right as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. Creators and showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said of the cancellation.
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 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.Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
The show only completed one episode of it’s fourth season before the pandemic shut down filming. The show had a pretty sizeable cast of 20 performers, so the COVID-19 related shooting costs were even higher than for a normal production.
A Horribly Disappointing Decision
GLOW was reaching it’s apex on the show before the cancellation. The third season left off on a couple cliffhangers that will never be resolved now.
Netflix had this to say.
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 took the world by storm with creating a show that anyone could get into, not just professional wrestling fans. It’s a shame that Netflix came to this decision. They’re already paying all the actors for their roles, but now we’ll never know how the show was supposed to end.
If this is a COVID related cancellation, we might be in store for more from the streaming juggernaut.
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