You're no longer going to associate wrestling with sweaty spandex-clad men, thanks to Jenji Kohan. For her latest Netflix endeavor, the creator of Weeds and Orange is the New Black is leaving Litchfield and traveling back in time to the '80s to bring a little glow and a whole lot of feminism to the sport.
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Based on the real, syndicated women's wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW), the Netflix adaptation follows Alison Brie as an out-of-work actor in the '80s who is swept up in the world of women's wrestling. The original show, which featured an eclectic cast and comedy sketches, was a historic milestone for female representation in the male-dominated television sports genre and created a legacy that includes a Las Vegas revival and documentary.
Now, the Netflix adaptation is set to carry the torch and continue the streaming service's push for diversity with a "female forward" approach that's being celebrated in a new video. Besides featuring an almost all-female cast, Kohan helps produces the show alongside co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch behind the scenes. As Brie explained, "This whole job has been totally female forward. Our creators are women. Our producers are women. Fourteen members of the cast are women."
You can jump into the ring (and potentially fill the Sense8-sized hole in your heart) this Friday when the entire series starts streaming on Netflix.