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'One Day at a Time' is canceled by Netflix; now producers, stars hope show finds new home  2 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

"One Day At a Time" fans may have seen Rita Moreno's last early-morning breakfast dance. 

"We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew 'One Day At a Time' for a fourth season," Netflix announced Thursday. "The choice did not come easily  – we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end, simply not enough people watched to justify another season."

In a subsequent tweet, the streaming network added, "And to anyone who felt seen or represented – possibly for the first time – by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."

After the news broke, executive producer Gloria Calderon Kellett tweeted, "But we go on. We sit in the gratitude of getting to do the thing. And we keep going so that we can hopefully do it again & again. This is the gig. Heartbreak is part of it. But believe in miracles. I do. Good luck!"

Kellett and fellow executive producer Mike Royce said producer Sony Pictures Television will try to sell the show to other networks.

"We will be exploring other places 'One Day At a Time' can live, and with any luck, we'll find one," they said in a statement posted to Royce's Twitter account. "Either way, our three seasons will always exist and be there for you and us. In the meantime, we want to thank everyone who watched."

"One Day at a Time" nearly met its end in 2018 after its second season, but a persistent social-media campaign that included reaching out to "Roseanne" fans after that working-class sitcom was canceled led Netflix to reconsider. 

Norman Lear's sitcom about an Indiana mom who moves into a new apartment with her two teenage daughters following her divorce was considered groundbreaking when it premiered on CBS in 1975 and ran for nine seasons, ending in 1984. He was also behind the reboot, which debuted on Netflix in January 2017.

The Netflix version replaced three white female characters with the Alvarez family, a Los Angeles Cuban-American clan led by Penelope (Justina Machado), a single former Army nurse who gets help from her mother (Oscar winner Rita Moreno) raising a lesbian daughter and athletic son. 

Creator Norman Lear wrote that at his age (96), "I can testify that you are never too old to have your heart broken" and thanked fans "for the outpouring of love."

Moreno said she's "grieving for the terrible loss of my beloved character, Lydia," who fled Fidel Castro's dictatorship as a teen.


"I’m not entirely sure how I’ll manage without the ability to exercise that manic, theatrical side of me that’s been loitering on the edges of my life for years looking for a home," she wrote in another tweet. 

"I’m so grateful to have played Penelope Alvarez," tweeted Machado. Truly, I am so honored that we got to tell our stories. Yes, it was a Latinx family but it was a universal story about family and love. An American Familia." 

Todd Grinnell, who played Schneider, her neighbor and the superintendent of her apartment building, wrote, "This is heartbreaking and I so wish it wasn’t true. But I’m keeping the faith that ⁦@OneDayAtATime⁩ finds a new home. THANK YOU to all of you who’ve watched and supported. We see you and we love you. Don’t quit before the miracle happens."

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of the loudest supporters of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" when that detective comedy was canceled by Fox – he guest-starred earlier this month – vowed "One Day at a Time" was "not over by a long shot." 

In fact, Miranda's next move was to tweet at NBC, which picked up "Brooklyn" and just renewed for a seventh season. "Hey @nbc," he wrote. "I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes...#saveODAAT"

Other fan reaction ran the gamut from grief to outright anger.

@spacesapphics said she's more comfortable in her own skin thanks to the gay teen character played by Isabella Gomez:  "Elena means so much to (me), she's so relatable and made me so much more comfortable with my sexuality, don't let her be taken away from me."

"It’s sad to see a show that accurately represented my culture is being canceled, but Netflix has all this money to release these mediocre movies about high school that can barely get over a 70% on rotten tomatoes," complained @justmydumblife.

"This show brought me so much happiness, laughter, and relief. It represented my family and myself (on) so many occasions. It’s a stupid decision of Netflix to cancel this magnificent show. They will regret it," predicted @KarlyAguilar99.

@Ha_ha_Nikki put the unfairness of the situation into stark relief using just seven words: "There. Are. 5. Seasons. Of. Fuller. House."

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