Marc Maron to Bask in Netflix Wrestling ‘GLOW’ With Alison Brie
Looks like Marc Maron’s garage is about to get a major overhaul, especially after closing down IFC’s Maron. The famed podcaster and comedian will take the male lead role of Netflix’s new women’s wrestling comedy GLOW, joining Alison Brie in the Jenji Kohan-created series.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Maron will take the (presumably mustachioed) role of Sam Sylvia, described as “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.” Among other recent additions after Alison Brie, Nurse Jackie and upcoming Masters of Sex star Betty Gilpin will play Debbie Eagan, a former soap star who left show business to have a baby, only to be sucked back in when her picture-perfect life is not what it seems.
The new scripted series is inspired by the actual “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” league that emerged in the ‘80s. Following its 1986 debut, the original G.L.O.W. became unscripted syndicated series, eventually transitioning to events and parties.
Brie will take the main role of the Los Angeles-set series, described as a “fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.” Kohan and fellow Orange Is the New Black vet Tara Herrmann will serve as executive producer, with the prison dramedy’s Carly Mensch showrunning alongside Liz Flahive.
You can watch some of the original G.L.O.W. below, and stay tuned for more details on Netflix’s scripted revival.