Netflix Canceled ‘GLOW.’ What’s Subsequent?

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Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?


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The lights have dimmed at GLOW. After three fan-beloved seasons on the streaming service, Netflix pulled the plug on a promised fourth installment this week, citing Covid-19’s affect on manufacturing. For followers, who had been promised a closing season again in August 2019, it was a blow. (A GLOW blow? Positive.) It was additionally, within the grand scheme, a small loss. “Covid has killed precise people. It’s a nationwide tragedy and needs to be our focus,” sequence creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch told Deadline in a press release. “There’s a number of sh*tty issues occurring on the earth which might be a lot larger than this proper now. Nevertheless it nonetheless sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 ladies in a body collectively once more.”

After all, bluntly talking, having 15 ladies collectively in a single body is a part of the explanation producing GLOW is sort of not possible proper now. It’s a present about feminine wrestlers and there’s no possible way actors can wrestle, or do wrestling-adjacent issues, whereas an infectious, lethal illness is circulating across the globe. And the precautions required, in the event that they have been to aim to movie such a present, would probably be moderately costly. Little doubt it needs to be secure to renew filming the present someday, however Netflix, it appears, thought it simpler to chop ties moderately than wait it out. Truthful sufficient, however there’s one thing very disheartening in regards to the concept of solely watching TV exhibits that may be affordably shot at a secure distance.

However there was one thing else about Flahive and Mensch’s assertion that hit arduous. “We have been handed the inventive freedom to make an advanced comedy about ladies and their tales,” they wrote. “And now that’s gone.” For years, Netflix has been the house of weirdo stuff {that a} community in all probability wouldn’t take an opportunity on. Because the coronavirus, and all of its very actual impacts on Hollywood, take their toll, it’s arduous to not fear that it may very well be the exhibits on the margins—the sci-fi/fantasy exhibits, the exhibits that includes ladies, LGBTQ+ characters, and other people of shade—that really feel probably the most ache.

Earlier than I get arrested by the Hypocrisy Police, a notice of clarification: I’m on the document as being a proponent of canceling exhibits early and sometimes. Some issues are good as a single season; there’s no want to pull them out. I Could Destroy You will probably dwell on as the perfect factor to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any extra of it. Audiences can be a lot better served if creator and star Michaela Coel noticed her time freed as much as create the subsequent neatest thing any of us has ever seen.

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