The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling will be back for another round in the ring after all.
Netflix has officially renewed “GLOW” for a second season, the streaming service announced this afternoon. The series – which will return for another ten episodes next year – premiered back in June to widespread critical acclaim and positive reception amongst casual viewers as well.
Coming from co-creators Liz Flahive (“Nurse Jackie”) and Carly Mensch (“Weeds”) and executive producer Jenji Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”), “GLOW” told a ficitionalized account of the real-life women’s professional wrestling division of the 1980s, GLOW or The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Set in Los Angeles and told from the perspective of Alison Brie’s Ruth Wilder, the series followed a number of struggling female actresses, as they get a chance at stardom they hadn’t quite expected when they are hired to develop singular over-the-top personalities and train as professional wrestlers in the division.
In addition to Brie, the series stars Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kate Nash, and more, all of whom add up to make up one of the larger female ensembles on scripted television right now.
While Netflix does not release its ratings, “GLOW” did premiere during a strong second quarter for the streaming service, which included the addition of over five-million new subscribers and the premieres of “GLOW” and the new seasons of Netflix favorites like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”
The show’s instant popularity made it a likely candidate to be renewed by Netflix, and is now guaranteed to be the third original series executive produced by Jenji Kohan on the air next year, along with “Orange” and Lifetime’s new original dramedy, “American Princess.”