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Netflix Wrestling Comedy 'GLOW' Adds 'Nurse Jackie' Star
The cast of Netflix's GLOW is beginning to take shape.
The 1980s wrestling comedy from Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan has enlisted Nurse Jackie favorite Betty Gilpin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
GLOW — aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — is inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. The 10-episode comedy is set in Los Angeles and will showcase big hair and body slams as it tells the fictionalized story of Ruth (Alison Brie), an out-of-work actress who finds one last chance to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. The comedy is based on the professional women's wrestling syndicated TV series that existed in the '80s. The comedy was picked up to series in May.
Gilpin will portray 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.
GLOW was co-created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is the New Black), who serve as showrunners on the series that also counts OITNB's Kohan and Tara Herrmann as executive producers.
Gilpin played Dr. Carrie Roman on the Showtime dramedy and created the role of Elizabeth in Sam Shepard's Heartless on Broadway, among other notable theater productions. Her TV roles also include Masters of Sex and Elementary, as well as Starz's upcoming American Gods. She's repped by ICM Partners and David Williams Management.