Netflix Cancels One Day at a Time As Fans Rally For Another Network to Save It
Netflix has canceled One Day at a Time — but the critical darling’s fervent fan base isn’t letting it go down without a fight.
The streaming service announced Thursday that the series — a reimagining of the classic Norman Lear sitcom of the same name — would not be returning for a fourth season.
“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,” Netflix wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Thank you Norman Lear for bringing this series back to television. Thank you Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
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.
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
The service continued, “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.”
While the original series focused on a divorced mom raising her two teenage daughters in Indianapolis, the revival gave the premise a Latin spin, with star Justina Machado playing Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban-American Army Nurse Corps veteran raising her two children with the help of her mother (Rita Moreno).
The series was widely praised for tackling heavy topics not typically seen in family sitcoms, like PTSD, depression, sexuality, drug addiction and religion.
Machado wrote the series a sweet goodbye message on Twitter upon learning of its cancelation.
I’m so grateful to have played Penelope Alvarez. I don’t even know how to begin to express my gratitude to everyone. 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
— Justina Machado (@JustinaMachado) March 14, 2019
“I’m so grateful to have played Penelope Alvarez. I don’t even know how to begin to express my gratitude to everyone,” she wrote. “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 (heart).”
Executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce also issued an emotional statement.
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) March 14, 2019
“We had the time of our lives making this show.. So while our hearts are very heavy, they are also bursting with appreciation for this amazing experience,” the statement read. “And for all of you. All of you who told us how much One Day at a Time means to you. We’ve worked on many shows, but never have we experienced the outpouring of love, connection, and support like we have with ODAAT.”
Fans greeted Netflix’s decision to cancel the series with backlash — but also a surge of optimism from those hoping another network might step in to save the series, similar to how NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine after it was canceled by Fox.
Lin-Manuel Miranda even hopped on the rescue train, appealing to NBC directly.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2019
“Hey @nbc…I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes…#saveODAAT,” he wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag that started trending shortly after news broke.
His plea was one of many from fans desperately hoping their show might live to see another day.
— #SAVEODAAT (@evelynrenoir) March 14, 2019
#saveODAAT for alex; to show young men that they do not have to grow up with the toxic masculinity that society has ingrained in them. that they can be more than what society tells them they are. they don’t have to be angry, or disruptive. they can be kind and respectful. pic.twitter.com/rCLNVbCZAP
— alec #SaveODAAT (@ravensbrace) March 14, 2019
one day at a time is trending number one worldwide and @netflix are really out here cancelling it, an unproblematic show that gives such great representation for so many people and that makes so many people happy, they deserve better dont take them from us #SAVEODAAT pic.twitter.com/iTL41P4bCM
— Jade met tøp / #SAVEODAAT (@_idk_jade) March 14, 2019
One Day at a Time premiered in January 2017, 42 years after its predecessor. The third season hit screens in February.
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