Here we go again: Almost two years ago the reboot of Norman Lear’s classic show One Day at a Time was inexplicably dropped by Netflix. There was a happy ending there: It wound up being rescued by Pop TV. Hopefully it’s lucky enough to get another happy ending, because, as per Deadline, it’s been given the axe yet again.
After three seasons on Netflix, Pop TV kept them alive, though their fourth season wound up abbreviated, running only six episodes, due to complications involving the pandemic. But they’ve decided not to greenlight any more episodes, even though, now that Schitt’s Creek’s run has ended, there are no more original scripted series on the ViacomCBS-owned network.
Still, the cast and showrunners remain optimistic about finding yet another home. Creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce both sent out cautiously optimistic tweets, as did Isabella Gomez, who plays the oldest daughter of Justina Machado’s Penelope Francisca del Carmen Riera Inclán Ruiz Maribona de Alvarez.
Sadly, the news is out.
I'm not sad just yet, y'all. We still have some hope for new homes. Hang tight, my loves. You know that if I go down, I will go down swinging for this show (& cast & crew) I love. @OneDayAtATime #MoreODAAT #RepresentationMattershttps://t.co/fUIViCI0jl
— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) November 24, 2020
Much has changed at Viacom in the last year and unfortunately we won't be on Pop anymore. Thanks to everybody over there for the opportunity to do season 4.
And guess what? We're still trying for season 5.
What if #ODAAT was the first show ever on 3 networks? https://t.co/d8sJqQlTjs pic.twitter.com/MkgfBDNyuL
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) November 24, 2020
Maybe third network’s the charm? 🤞🏼😅 Seriously, regardless of what happens, familia para siempre. And I’ll have a sappy post coming when we find out which way this goes. I love you guys. #ODAAT https://t.co/bo7Dm1hEbX
— Isabella Gomez (@Isabella_Gomez) November 24, 2020
I’m not sad just yet, y’all,” Kellet wrote, adding, “We still have some hope for new homes. Hang tight, my loves. You know that if I go down, I will go down swinging for this show (& cast & crew) I love.” Royce, meanwhile, said that “Much has changed at Viacom in the last year.” Gomez joked, “Maybe third network’s the charm?”
One Day at a Time adapted the beloved Norman Lear show of the same name, which ran from 1975 through 1984. It was a revolutionary program, focusing on a divorced mother raising her two teenage daughters, at a time when divorce had only recently become a common phenomenon. The reboot added a couple extra spins, most notably making the family Cuban-Americans. What’s more, it gave Oscar-winning actress, dancer, singer, and all-around bada*s Rita Moreno a semi-regular place to rage. May she, and her show, and her colleagues, rage for another season or two, or three, or five, or even more.