Comedian Marc Maron decided to end his self-titled IFC dramedy Maron this July, which left fans to wonder what the heck would come next. Sure, there was always his fantastic podcast WTF with Marc Maron, but his acting career has grown exceptionally these days. He recently made appearances in Showtime’s Roadies and HBO’s Girls, and he filled supporting roles in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Get a Job, and even Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! as well. Surely there’s more acting in store in him, and that’s, indeed, the case. He’ll star alongside Alison Brie in her new Netflix female wrestling dramedy GLOW, from executive producer Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black).
The news was reported by TV Line (via Uproxx). They revealed Maron will play “washed-up” Hollywood director Sam Sylvia, who has a “complicated” history with women that gets even more complicated when leading 14 women to wrestling stardom through the weekly syndicated ’80s wrestling program Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling, a.k.a. GLOW. The 10-episode first season centers around Ruth (Brie), a struggling actress with dreams of fame who takes an unexpected turn into female wrestling. Maron’s Sylvia will evidentially lead her into that celebrity lifestyle. Brie joined the series just earlier this week, though it was first picked up in May.
Showrunners Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (OITNB) will likely get this one rolling in front of cameras soon, with a 2017 debut expected. It’s set in LA, where Maron lives, so it won’t interfere with his podcasting schedule, which is terrific. It seems like ideal casting, as Maron can play a prickly father figure with stride. Plus, he comes with his own fair share of emotional baggage, which should fit nicely into the proceedings. I’m more excited about this one with everything I hear, and I’ll definitely plan to tune in. Or stream in, or whatever you do when watching Netflix.