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GLOW was almost cancelled by Netflix after its first season

A recent article has revealed that GLOW was almost cancelled by Netflix after its first season.

Published in the Wall Street Journal and titled At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?” the piece states that the streaming service was very close to cancelling the show, which is loosely based on a true story about the origins of women’s wrestling – apparently after disappointing ratings.

“There were serious conversations from the tech side pressuring the Hollywood side not to renew it for a second season,” a source told the publication.

However, the series evidently avoided the axe which took out so many of its contemporaries and lived on to see a season two, and a third season is forthcoming. But, why?

Well, while GLOW may not have dominated the ratings, it was unarguably a critical success.

The first season was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2017 Emmys, and although it lost out to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it holds a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, as well as an 8.1 IMDb rating.

It’s also thought Netflix was eager to remain on good terms with GLOW executive producer Jenji Kohan, whose brainchild Orange is the New Black pretty much put Netflix Originals on the map – and to be honest, that was probably a wise decision.

GLOW‘s second season was released earlier this year — but let’s take a minute to remember all the Netflix original series that never made it past their pilot run.

Series such as Girl Boss, Gyspy and The Get Down never did get a second outing, so we should count ourselves grateful GLOW managed to stick around.

GLOW seasons 1 & 2 are available on Netflix now.

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