I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting more and more excited about the upcoming Netflix show, G.L.O.W.
Based on the 1980s women’s wrestling promotion, the half-hour comedy series from the award-winning creator of Orange is the New Black and Weeds, Jenji Kohan, already made news this week by casting the awesome Alison Brie as its lead actress. Now, word’s come out that comedian, actor and podcast pioneer Marc Maron will play the main male role in the show.
Maron’s eponymous IFC show just ended last month after four seasons, making this his follow-up project (his podcast, WTF?, continues). According to The Hollywood Reporter he’ll be playing Sam Sylvia, "a washed-up Hollywood director who has a very complicated history with women — and now must lead 14 of them on the journey to wrestling stardom."
Which sounds to me like a version of Tom Hanks’ Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own, and if we get Maron doing a version of "there’s no crying in baseball", I’ll plotz.
Given that it’s Netflix and Kohan (with showrunners Liz Flahive of Homeland and Carly Mensch of OITNB), it’s more likely Sylvia will be somehow sexually inappropriate with Brie or her co-star Betty Gilpin, but, hey... whether you like their prison dramedy or not, it’s a show with a variety of distinct female characters who interact with one another over things other than men, so I’m optimistic.
It would be great to hear they’re bringing in a consultant who actually worked on the original G.L.O.W. or just a woman from the wrestling world in general, but they haven’t even started filming yet, so there’s time.
Anybody else with me in looking forward to this show?