Following its fourth season renewal, the Netflix series Glow received news of its sudden cancellation, ultimately reversing its previous decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The streamer mentioned that COVID-19 concerns led them to this decision.
Set in the 1980s, Glow follows the lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization in LA. Due to the series’ large ensemble cast and need for close contact, as well as COVID-19 guidelines being put in place, it was seemingly too costly to continue and would not have aired before 2022. Glow initiated production in February and had completed one episode prior to Hollywood’s industry-wide shutdown due to the pandemic.
A Netflix spokesperson made the announcement, “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,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
As creators Liz Flahive (Adult Beginners, Captain Marvel) and Carly Mensch (Captain Marvel) also said in a statement, “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 shitty 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. We’ll miss our cast of weirdo clowns and our heroic crew. It was the best job. Register to vote. And please vote,” as The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Glow is among the several other Netflix series to reverse renewals due to COVID, including The Society and I Am Not Okay With This. However Glow creator Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds) will remain with Netflix while working on a new pandemic anthology series Social Distance which is set to premier on October 15.