Why the hell did Netflix have to cancel ‘GLOW’?

Listen, I understand; in the grand scheme of things, a television cancellation isn’t exactly an urgent tragedy right now. Hundreds of thousands of people have died; our sick and demented president walks in the back of a tightly sealed vehicle with staff and returns to the White House because he got tired of the hospital; California is on fire. And that sets aside the electoral angst that has hung over it all for months that have each seemed like centuries.

Despite all this, Netflix’s decision to cancel GLOW– which he had already renewed for a fourth and final season before the pandemic – really upset me.

Maybe it’s because during this miserable year, finally (belatedly) GLOW was one of the few things that brought me genuine joy. This is perhaps because the prestige of the show made me believe that it would escape the untimely cancellation that has already hit other programs. Or maybe I’m just exhausted by the fact that at every turn it’s the female-led shows at Netflix that get the short end of the stick. (For the record, at least I would willingly sacrifice both Ozark and The Kominsky method to the gods of television in their entirety, even for one more episode GLOW.)

Either way, the result is the same: if my rage could jump into the ring and put Ted Sarandos et al in a headache for GLOWHonor, I would be shopping for a locally sourced leotard as we speak. (Because sidenote, in case anyone needs a reminder, fuck Amazon.)

At least creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch seem to be taking things in stride. In a statement to Deadline, who broke the news, both said, “COVID has killed real humans. It is a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently pulled our show … We were given the creative freedom to do a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And struggle. And now it’s gone.

“There are a lot of shitty things going on in the world that are way more important than that right now,” the statement continued. “But it still sucks that we can’t see these 15 women again in a setting together. We’re going to miss our cast of bizarre clowns and our heroic team. That was the best job. (In conclusion, the statement adds: ‘Sign up you to vote. And vote. “)

GLOW had already started work on its fourth season before the pandemic hit – but this is not the first series that the novel coronavirus has definitely derailed.

Netflix has already canceled the The society and I don’t agree with that in August the same month, TruTV canceled the previously commissioned third season of its scripted comedy I am sorry. The United States scuttled a limited series Evel Knievel directed by Milo Ventimiglia in July and ABC canceled Stumptown, to which he had already granted a second season, last month.

Yet unlike those series – most of which worked on the first or second season –GLOW was working on its last chapter. Fans have spent years falling in love with the adorable mess of Alison Brie Ruth Wilder and the captivating and neurotic Debbie Eagan of Betty Gilpin. And Sam Sylvia irascible, mustached, inexplicably hot from Marc Maron. (I’d list the rest of the cast with glowing adjectives, but you get the idea.) Now we’ll never see if Ruth actually finds her way – or we’ll revel in Debbie’s rise as the owner of her. own television network.

Perhaps the greatest irony in all of this is that GLOW has long been the kind of show that Netflix’s business model was supposed to endure better than traditional networks – shows that despite their excellent reputation, they never quite manage to catch the audience that linear networks rely on to stay. afloat.

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