'Orange Is The New Black' Producer Is Creating Series About 80s Women Wrestlers

Jenji Kohan is ready to bring "big hair and body slams" to binge watchers worldwide.

By Eric Shorey

Only recently has mainstream wrestling figured out how to take women seriously as competitors. No longer known as "Divas," women now proudly battle for glory and for a championship equal to that of their male counterparts'. But even before the era of the "Divas," women struggled in the world of sports entertainment.

In the 1980's, a jokey league of pretty brawlers called The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was formed largely for laughs as a response to the hyper-masculinity of the WWE (then WWF). A heartwarming and tearjerking documentary was eventually produced about the female athletes who sacrifieced their bodies and health for entertainment. 

Now, Jenji Kohan, the brains behind hit TV series like Weeds and Orange is the New Black, is set to produce an original Netflix comedy series that commemorates the heroines of GLOWLiz Flahive (best known for her work on Homeland) and Carly Mensch (also from Orange Is the New Black) will act as showrunners for the upcoming series.

Here's how Deadline summarized the story: "Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers."

Not much else is known about the new project (there's no release date or casting news just yet), but we'll be keeping an eye out for what we expect will be a lady-centric masterpiece.

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