Netflix has been canceling shows left and right long before the pandemic was a thing. We have talked about their overall strategy in the past of axing shows around the second or third season. So, many were relieved when it was announced that GLOW was at least renewed for a final fourth season back in August of 2019. Now, over a year later, Netflix has decided to cancel the show after all due to COVID restricting productions. . Series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch did offer a statement regarding the sudden news.
COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show. 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’s a lot of sh*tty 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.
This sadly makes sense. The main focus of the series is on wrestling, which requires a lot of physical interaction. It is quite the risk to film this project, especially if it consistently has to shutdown production. It wouldn’t even air until 2022 at the earliest which would mean that fans would’ve waited two and a half years between seasons. Keep in mind, the fourth season already started production and was suspended mid-March. So far, only one episode had been completed before they could move on to the second one. Also, this reveal comes at a point were many other shows have just returned to their production. GLOW isn’t the only COVID-affected show as the renewed shows of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This were also cancelled. It is uncertain if other shows might share the same fate moving forward.