How Liz Flahive, a Netflix creator, influenced her from GLOW to ROAR

How Liz Flahive, a Netflix creator, influenced her from GLOW to ROAR ...

Were we going to do this to ourselves?

As we dive into the trippy, feminist Magical Mystery Tour that is ROAR, Liz Flahives gets its second producing adventure with Carly Mensch, a long-time friend and co-creator. It was a key success for Flahives, however, it was a dream show. It was a strong run, and this year, it was a difficult process. The result of the pandemic has brought a lot of speculation.

While Netflix could not decide on the filming of the already greenlit installment due to constantly changing COVID protocols and talent availability, the streamer canceled it a move that received a lot of fan outrage and a few petitions begging for its eventual return.

When talking about the cancellation, Flahive claims that when youre making a show, when youe developing a cast, especially as a showrunner, you''ll spend a lot of time in the house.

Besides the concerns caused by the epidemic, staff changes at Netflix may have contributed to the decision to end the program so abruptly. Just a month before the announcement, Cindy Holland, who promoted the streamers, made original content and produced shows such as Jenji Kohans Orange is The New Black, sacked the company she provided. Jane Wiseman, the head of Netflix''s Original Comedy Series, also cut links with the platform.

Cindy Holland and Jenji Kohan provided a great break for a few seasons. I think, like anywhere else, places change, things change, and what attractions, Flahive said. It''s complicated and tedious as a creative who says one thing season one, and then by season four, you hear something completely different.

Flahive and Mensch have a new tense: a research series, something they had never done before; the program was also a remake of a collection of short stories, which only enhanced the trial-by-fire nature of the project.

We were approached by a lot of people to make something similar or adjacent, Flahive recalls. As I enjoy watching women, we simply wanted to make sure we were always moving in a different direction and doing something new.

While they were still in pre-production mode for season three of their Netflix debut, fans might notice some overlap between the two series, mainly in terms of cast Mensch and Flahive. But the connections between the two have grown significantly, ranging from their self-imposed assumptions about being monogamous, the fact that an anthology series is self-contained, and the possibility to mix genres and work in different roles, which is proving to be too effective to not at least entertain.

Flahive admits that until the cows come home to Black art''s commodification and the universal experience of being stuck in a dangerous relationship with a talking duck, ROAR is impossible to pin down. Some of its horror stories, like Cynthia Erivo''s body-horror-infused examination of modern motherhood, are stomach-churning. Yet others, like Issa Rae''s futuristic thriller about a Black creator who discovers her own cause, are unfurth

Flahive explains that the narrative in the book is pretty sparse. We sent the book to Halley Feiffer, Janine Nabers, and Vera Santamaria, and we were like, Tell us which stories you reply to. Finally, let''s have a conversation about the ones you want to write.

That creative freedom and a loose collaboration style led the show to expand from its origins in ways that feel fresh and relevant. Nabers, a playwright, producer, and writer on Atlanta shows, connected with the story titled The Woman Who Disappeared. In the book, the story focuses on an ageing academic who is mistreated, refusing to see them as real people, but Nabers removed a different metaphor from the show.

I think there''s a lot of talk about Black culture and how black women are not seen as their stories are taken and told, according to Flahive. It''s really the same thing about her and Issa and Channing Godfrey Peoples, to kind of make that episode, but it''s really its own thing, and I think it feels quite different from what''s in the book in a great way.

Most anthology stories have a tossed-in-the-deep-end feel. While one-offs, episodes are never given much time to flesh out backstories and set the scene before the real action begins. Its true of ROAR as well. This is true for those who have met most of these characters in the midst of turbulent situations that render their past selves almost irrelevant. It''s an interesting change of pace for the creators of a show whose first season felt like one massive exposition explaining the

The first phase of season one of GLOW, which I adore, was quite intentional. However, the constant roller coaster of these episodes is unsettling. We must understand a lot of stuff, and everything must be kept secret: production design, costumes, and direction being crisp Just making sure that you were putting you up to take us on the ride, and then it can be messy and complicated.

When you ask Flahive which genre of storytelling she prefers the kind that lets you have a beginning, middle, and end in one episode or the kind that gives you the possibility to build a world over several seasons without the guarantee youll get the chance to say goodbye to it, but she does not have a clear answer.

It''s such a double-edged sword, she admits. Season after season, you love falling in love with characters. Thats kind of the magic of TV. But with [ROAR] these episodes all ended where we intended them to end, which is nice. So ideally get to have it both ways one of these days.

Fans enjoy the sting of GLOWs cancellation as a whole, but perhaps a call for its return or a movie follow-up makes the rounds on social media, but it''s possible that their creators, Mensch and Flahive, found a way to escape the disappointment by channeling some of the same elements that made the Netflix series so popular into a new show that encourages them to experiment with and challenge the notions of their capabilities.

According to Flahive, [ROAR] has been a creative balm to what happened with GLOW. Upon completion, we saw them with a beginning, a middle, and a final conclusion. I believe this might have taught us anything. You just keep going. You move your house and you bring new and old friends with you. That''s the beauty of making things.

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