• Netflix has canceled “Glow” despite renewing the series for a fourth season in September 2019
  • The safety of the cast was a key factor in the show’s cancellation
  • “Glow” has joined the long list of shows that have been canceled by Netflix

Netflix has canceled its Emmy-nominated comedy "Glow" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Netflix had initially renewed "Glow," a fictionalized version of the 1980s show "The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling," for a fourth season in September last year. Production had been underway before the pandemic struck.

Production for Season 4 began in Los Angeles in February and work on the first episode was completed before the stay-at-home order went into effect. But production kept getting delayed due to the pandemic, forcing Netflix to cancel the show.

The safety of the cast was a key factor that contributed to the cancellation, Los Angeles Times reported. A show based on professional wrestling meant the cast will have a lot of physical contact with each other, which means an increased risk of infection.

"COVID has killed actual humans," series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch revealed in a statement. "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," the creators said. "There’s a lot of s— 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."

The show starred Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin and received critical acclaim. They were recognized with Golden Globe and Emmy nominations in the acting categories.

A number of fans took to social media to express their disappointment over the show’s cancellation and "Glow" going out without a proper finale.

"Glow" Season 3 ended on a cliffhanger that saw the women leaving Las Vegas to go their separate ways.

"Glow" has joined the long list of shows that have been canceled by Netflix. In recent times, Netflix has pulled the plug on "The Society," "I Am Not Okay With This," "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" and "Teenage Bounty Hunters," among others.

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"GLOW" Season 3 stars Betty Gilpin (left) and Alison Brie. Ali Goldstein/Netflix