If you’re an old-old school pro wrestling fan, you may remember the real life GLOW wrestling promotion from Las Vegas, which produced a low-budget female version of what fans enjoyed with the more mainstream World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
The original promotion ran from 1986-1992 and featured a colorful cast of characters, many of whom had no wrestling experience and had to learn the ropes (no pun there) on the go.
Netflix and executive producers Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie), Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds) and Tara Herrmann (Orange is the New Black) have fashioned a fictionalized account of the madness inspired by this ’80s phenomenon.
According to Netflix, GLOW “tells the story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.”
The original GLOW production was nuts (check out clips on YouTube), and we can only hope this series, from Lionsgate Television, captures that retro spirit.
Here’s a first look at the trailer:
Marc Maron stars as the washed-up B-movie director attempting to lead this pack of 12 Hollywood misfits to wrestling super stardom.
“Guts, glitter, glory… Are you ready to GLOW?”
The drama streams June 23 on Netflix.