Netflix cancels One Day at a Time after three seasons: "This was a very difficult decision"
The streaming service has decided not to renew the beloved and critically acclaimed Cuban-American reboot of the classic Norman Lear comedy for a fourth season. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, producer Sony Pictures Television "plans to shop the series, which could be problematic as Netflix will continue to own and house the first three seasons and a library deal would help make finding a new home an easier task." In a rare statement following a cancelation, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time. I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart and humanity. This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time." The official Netflix account also released a series of tweets announcing the cancelation, saying: "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."
- Co-creators addressed Gloria Calderón Kellett addressed the cancelation in a joint statement: "While our hearts are heavy, they are also bursting with appreciation for this amazing experience. 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 we have with ODAAT."
- Kellett tweeted that this is "this is where the REAL test occurs": "You got to LA, You did the work, You worked hard for a long time, You finally got a show, It was a critical darling and it STILL got canceled... Here we are. I can’t believe it but it happened. The show I love just got canceled. This happens. This is part of the gig. This is where the REAL test occurs. Where your resilience is tested. Luckily, you’ve had years of hustle. Years of fighting. So, you got this. Be Heartbroken..."
- One Day at a Time cast and crew members react to cancelation: "I’m so grateful to have played Penelope Alvarez," tweeted Justina Machado. "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."
- Lin-Manuel Miranda leads fans mourning cancelation, asks NBC to save ODAAT like it did with Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Even Merriam-Webster mourned One Day at a Time's cancelation
- There should be room for One Day at a Time when there are nearly 500 scripted shows
- Netflix may be rewriting the TV rulebook with TV shows lasting two to three seasons
- One Day at a Time would have to wait years to join another streaming service, but the wait is less restrictive for broadcast and cable
- Lin-Manuel Miranda to ABC: One Day at a Time would look perfect on your network