One of Netflix’s recently announced original shows has found its leading lady.
Recently announced, Alison Brie of “Community” fame, whose career first reached widespread audiences in 2007 when she landed a role as Trudy Campbell in 2007 on AMC’s “Mad Men,” will be the central character in “G.L.O.W.”
Announced back in May, “G.L.O.W.” is based on the real all-female wrestling league originally formed in 1968 - the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. The series, which has been approved for a 10-episode run, tells the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress named Ruth (played by Brie), who makes a last-ditch attempt to live out her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.
Behind “G.L.O.W.” are several figures quite familiar with the Netflix system and television success. The show was co-created by Liz Flahive of “Homeland” fame and Carly Mensch of “Orange is the New Black.” Flahive and Mensch will both serve in executive producer positions alongside Jenji Kohan, who is most well known as the creator and executive producer “Orange Is the New Black,” as well as co-executive producer Tara Herrmann.
Having spent some time behind the microphone, Brie has been heard more than seen in the past few years. Last seen in Jeff Baena’s “Joshy,” Brie has been credited for her work in “The LEGO Movie” and more recently on the Netflix animated original – “Bojack Horseman”
The story of the true-life women of G.L.O.W. can be seen in the 2012 documentary “GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” written by Bradford Thomason and directed by Brett Whitcomb.