Netflix goes for a knockout with new wrestling series ‘GLOW’

Netflix may have come up with nonetheless another physique impact of a hit.

Wrestling fans and Hollywood insiders have been buzzing about “GLOW,” a new dramedy about womanlike wrestlers from the producers of “Orange Is the New Black” and “Nurse Jackie.” All the hullabaloo has bypassed executive producers Liz Flahive, 38, and Carly Mensch, 33.

“I just had a baby a week ago and Liz was on crutches for knee surgery,” says Mensch. “So we’ve been removed from it.”

TV fans of a certain age may remember “G.L.O.W.” — aka “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” a syndicated TV series that ran for 4 seasons in the 1980s as a weakling try to cash in on the recognition of over-the-top pro wrestling personified by Hulk Hogan and the rest of what was then called the World Wrestling Federation, but is now the WWE.

“G.L.O.W” didn’t underline tangible womanlike wrestlers — instead, its “athletes” were actresses and models attempting to get a foothold in Hollywood.

Netflix’s “GLOW,” which also boasts “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan as another executive writer and co-creator, is a fictionalized comment of the behind-the-scenes goings-on during the wrestling show. It stars Alison Brie (“Mad Men”), Betty Gilpin (“Nurse Jackie”), Ellen Wong (“The Carrie Diaries”) and comedy podcast master Marc Maron.

Flahive says conjunction she or Mensch ever watched the strange wrestling program when it was on, but their seductiveness was irritated after seeing a documentary about it.

“When Carly and we were looking for an thought to work on together, we knew we wanted it to be very womanlike brazen and ‘GLOW’ has an contentment of women and an contentment of opportunities to create what we consider are very singular womanlike characters and get them to play nonetheless another impression in the ring,” says Flahive.

“We both come from the museum background,” she continued, “so the thought of having the (wrestling) ring tell another story that’s really heightened and that has a totally opposite feeling to it felt really sparkling to us.”


Gayle Rankin, Jackie Tohn and Ellen Wong star in Netflix’s “GLOW.”

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Both women contend the many sparkling partial about operative on the series has been examination the actresses renovate their bodies.

“For us, it was critical we desired the bodies that we cast,” says Flahive. “We weren’t trying to change them. The thought of examination these women come as they are, and then using their bodies and opposite earthy gifts to figure out how to turn wrestlers, was fantastic.”

Mensch, whose credits embody “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie,” says when they first recognised the show, the universe was a very opposite place.

“When we pitched this show, we consider the opening storm was, ‘This is a good time for women. We’re about to elect the first womanlike President!’” she said. “We were not meditative about Trump at all.”

Flahive, whose credits also embody “Nurse Jackie,” along with “Homeland,” pronounced in the epoch of Trump, the show has taken on a opposite resonance

It also doesn’t harm that the biggest film in the universe right now is “Wonder Woman” — combined by and starring women.

“I consider the fact that there are two womanlike showrunners with mixed womanlike exec producers making a show about women is already a outrageous triumph,” Flahive notes. “And that in certain ways we’re all a little vexed that we’re not serve along and fighting identical fights. Certain denunciation that was used in the ’80s, we’re seeing again. we consider there’s a lot to learn.”

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