Creator working on a women’s wrestling series for Netflix

May 19, 2016 - by Steve Gerweck

On the heels of the exceptional 3-season renewal offered to Orange Is The New Black (season 4 is coming on June, 17th), creator/executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan is working on a new series project for Netflix about women’s wrestling…

After her HBO show The Devil You Know was not picked up to series, Weeds and Orange is The New Black creator is back to work with another project for Netflix that should get an official order soon. GLOW is about a struggling actress in the 80s LA who wins a role on a low-budget show called ” Glow – Gorgeous Women of Wrestling”. She’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling and she won’t give up without a fight. The pilot is written by Carly Mensch (Weeds, Nurse Jackie) & Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and executive produced by Jenji Kohan through her Tilted Productions shingle based at Lionsgate.

The idea is based on a documentary, that came out in 2012 and which was available on Netflix US, chronicling the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. This show really existed between 1986 and 1990 with 104 episodes produced. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get into show business through wrestling. It was briefly revived in 2000. This is a another occasion for Kohan after Orange is the New Black to deal with women’s issues, through colorful and diverse characters of all shapes and sizes, and an heroine who knows nothing about this world but has no other choice but to delve into it.

Netflix is also working on a new comedy project produced by Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs, Horrible Bosses, Baywatch) and written by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother) called Antartica, about a family and the wide-eyed, ill-guided 22-year-old autistic son. Sony Pictures Television is producing.

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