The Orange Is The New Black Creator's New Series Sounds Wild

Jenji Kohan has created two wildly successful TV shows during her career with Showtime’s Weeds and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Now, she’s sticking with Netflix to produce a third series, a comedy called G.L.O.W., which sounds even wilder than a show about an upperclass pot dealer or a soapmaker-turned-inmate. G.L.O.W. will follow some ladies who are part of a wrestling ring. But ladies wrestling isn’t exactly the wild part. 

G.L.O.W. is actually going to be a comedy that is based on a syndicated series about a league of female wrestlers that actually aired in the 1980s. So, the new version will feature a show within a show, which also happened with The Grinder this season. The fictional G.L.O.W. will follow a woman who is looking to find fame in Los Angeles and sees one last ditch way to do it: by signing on to a TV series about female wrestlers, per Deadline

Orange is the New Black’s Carly Mensch created the series alongside Homeland’s Liz Flahive, but it helps that Jenji Kohan has signed on to the series as an executive producer. OITNB’s Tara Herrmann will also executive produce. We heard inklings about the wrestling-oriented comedy a few months ago, but now Netflix has officially ordered the comedy to series. G.L.O.W. will be getting 10 episodes for Season 1.  

If Weeds and Orange is the New Black are any indication, it’s more likely G.L.O.W. will feature some dramatic moments between all of the jokes. Interestingly, though, while the Jenji Kohan-created comedies are both hour-longs, G.L.O.W. is being described as a half-hour comedy. It should be noted that there’s not strict time length on Netflix shows, as they don’t have to work around scheduled commercial breaks, though. 

It’s been kind-of a landmark year for Netflix. The company borrowed $6 billion this year in order to push its original programming initiative. This means we’ve gotten a slew of American-based comedies and dramas, alongside stand-up specials, new kids programming, and foreign language originals. The subscription streaming service has shown no signs of stopping either, and recently ordered Timothy Olyphant’s Santa Clarita Diet along with a new season of Wet Hot American Summer, which will be subtitled Ten Years Later. That’s not even bringing in upcoming Marvel stuff such as The Punisher series. 

Currently, we don't know when G.L.O.W. will officially hit the schedule, but we will let you know as soon as it gets a premiere date. For now, you can check out what the streaming service has coming up with our Netflix premiere schedule

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