Netflix has cast Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”) as the lead in “G.L.O.W.,” a 10-episode comedy series set against the backdrop of the 1980s all-female wresting league, executive produced by “Orange is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan.
The series was co-created by Liz Flahive (Showtime’s “Homeland”) and Carly Mensch (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”), who also will serve as showrunners. Tara Herrmann (“Orange is the New Black”) will executive produce alongside Kohan.
Set in Los Angeles, “G.L.O.W.” will tell the fictionalized story of Ruth (Brie), an out of work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. In real life, the G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) league was featured in “Glow TV,” a nationally-syndicated series shot in Las Vegas that ran from 1986 to 1990.
In addition to her roles as Annie Edison on “Community” (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell on “Mad Men” (2007–2015), Brie has also co-starred as Miss Dunstable in the Amazon series “Doctor Thorne,” created by Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abby”), voiced several characters in Netflix’s animated series “BoJack Horseman” and appeared in such films as “Joshy,” “Sleeping with Other People,” “The Kings of Summer,” “Save the Date,” “Five Year Engagement,” “Scream 4” and “Montana Amazon.”
She also has roles in the upcoming features “The Headhunter’s Calling,” “The Masterpiece” and “The Little Hours,” the latter two of which she stars in with her fiancé, Dave Franco. She also executive produces the TV Land series “Teachers.”