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Alison Brie says Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ cancellation is the “great heartbreak of career”

GLOW was cancelled some two years ago, and actor Alison Brie has opened up on the show’s abrupt end. Although Brie has by now begun starring in several other projects, she feels that the Netflix show about female wrestlers will always have a special place in her heart.

Netflix had given the green light for a fourth and final season of GLOW back in August 2019, but when the Covid pandemic hit the world, they backed up on their original decision. Production had already begun on the final season of the show.

“It’s the great heartbreak of my career,” Brie said. “But it will forever live on as, like, this great thing. I loved working on it – maybe more than anything I’ve worked on – and I miss it a lot. But I feel very grateful for the time I had on the show.”

Filming ended early, just three weeks into the schedule. By the time October 2020 came around, Netflix announced that the series production would not resume. “Yeah, it was surprising,” said Brie of the cancellation. “But it was sort of eclipsed by the shock of everything that was happening globally. You know, so in a way, it was almost like it put things in perspective.”

GLOW had been given 15 Emmy nominations across its lifespan, taking three wins. The series concerned a 1980s struggling actress – played by Brie – who finds one last shot at making it big time in the world of female pro wrestling. 

Show creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said at the time, “Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone. There are a lot of shitty things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now. But it still sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 women in a frame together again.”