The fourth and final series of GLOW, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, was being filmed in March and had to halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions.
Although in recent months, TV and film production has resumed in some cases, it seems GLOW won't be making a comeback, as it stands.
“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.”
The news was met with disappointment from fans and critics alike.
Alison Brie, who played gusty actor/wrestler Ruth Wilder in the show, shared photographs with her fellow cast members on Instagram, along with a heartfelt caption.
"Going to miss this... Will always be grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever," she said.
Marc Maron, who played filmmaker Sam Sylvia on the show has also taken to social media, sharing his idea for how the story can end properly.
“Let us wrap it up in a two-hour Netflix movie. Give the showrunners and the cast and the writers the chance to finish the story in a movie, right? Then it’s all fine. That would take the financial pressure off and the writers could play it out, we could shoot it out,” Maron said. “The thing about shooting a movie is that when you have the whole shooting script you can be economical about your shooting. I think they could do it in less time than it would take to shoot the show.”
The actor has also spoken on Instagram about the reasons for GLOW's cancellation, as far as he understands it.
“The reason I was given from the showrunners was basically a financial one in that they didn’t want to pay to keep the sets alive anymore. We’ve got two offices and soundstages being leased. They were two and a half episodes in on the day they went into lockdown,” Maron said. “I was told that they didn’t want to eat the cost of maintaining the sets for another six or seven months to begin production. So that’s what we heard."
For now, the future of GLOW hangs in the balance. Watch this space for more news.
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