Alison Brie is used to working on two separate shows at the same time. She appeared on AMC’s Mad Men and NBC’s Community simultaneously, and while she already has a plush role in Netflix’s acclaimed BoJack Horseman (which recently got renewed for a fourth season), she’s has a second show added to her plate. She’ll lead Netflix’s latest comedy series GLOW, a female wrestling-based ’80s period piece executive produced by Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan.
As reported by THR, GLOW — which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — follows Ruth (Brie), a struggling actress with dreams of fame who takes an unexpected turn into the spotlight when invading the world of glitter and spandex found in woman’s wrestling. It’s inspired by a true story, much like Orange is the New Black, and it’s based on the weekly syndicated ’80s TV series of the same name.
Brie has reportedly turned down a number of different pilot orders to star in this new series, which is created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and OITNB writer Carly Mensch. The 10-episode first season is expected to air sometime next year, and it’s not clear when filming is set to begin. GLOW was picked up back in May by the streaming site, and this is the first major development to come since then.
Beyond her television appearances, Brie also starred in How to Be Single this February, and she’ll soon be seen in James Franco’s The Masterpiece and The Headhunters Calling, which is soon set to premiere at TIFF. In addition to these acting roles, Brie also executive produces the TV Land original sitcom Teachers, which was recently renewed for a second season. I’m always happy to see Brie get more work. You should be too.