The creators of Netflix drama GLOW have urged viewers to vote in the upcoming US presidential election after the show was axed, saying, "There's a lot of things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now."
The acclaimed show, which starred Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron as a group of female wrestlers in the 1980s, has become the latest show to be cancelled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Production on its fourth and final season in February but according to a Netflix spokesperson, the pandemic has made shooting physically intimate shows with large ensemble casts difficult.
In a joint statement to USA TODAY, series' creators, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, said, "Covid has killed actual humans. It's a national tragedy and should be our focus. Covid also apparently took down our show.
"Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that's gone."
They added: "There's a lot of (expletive) things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now.
"But it still sucks that we don't get to see these 15 women in a frame together again. We'll miss our cast of weirdo clowns and our heroic crew. It was the best job. Register to vote. And please vote."
Brie played aspiring-actress-turned-wrestler Ruth Wilder in the series and she has posted cast photos on Instagram following the announcement of the show's cancellation.
"Going to miss this," she wrote. "Forever grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever."
"No more GLOW," tweeted Maron, who played wrestling director Sam Sylvia. "Sorry. Stinks."