New Netflix show from Jenji Kohan will focus on female wrestlers in the ‘80s

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Writer, Director and Producer Jenji Kohan during The New Yorker Festival (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

First, Jenji Kohan brought us inside women’s prisons.

Now, the creator and director of Orange Is The New Black will take Netflix viewers into another female-driven world they may never have ventured to on their own: the world of women’s wrestling. Kohan is producing a new comedy, GLOW, about female wrestling that’s just been given the greenlight by Netflix. According to The Verge, the show will be set in Los Angeles and focus on a struggling actress who works as a wrestler on a weekly series. Netflix just ordered the first season.

The new show draws its inspiration — and its title — from the 1980’s female alternative to the WWF known as the “The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” a wrestling show filled with aspiring actresses who all had their own personalized rap theme songs and who paused their wrestling for performances and sketches.

Kohan is still at the helm of OITNB, which will premiere its fourth season on June 17 and has been signed on for three more seasons, and she’ll act as executive producer along with OITNB producer Tara Herrman on GLOW. Liz Flahive of Nurse Jackie fame and Carly Mensch are the creators and showrunners of the new show.

Read the full story at The Verge.


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