One Day at a Time (2017 series)Latest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
Why does Netflix make intentionally mediocre shows like The Good Cop?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix started creating original shows in 2013 using HBO's "it's not TV" model. But Netflix keeps making shows like The Good Cop and Fuller House -- series that are more suited to broadcast television from 1989. "I'm talking about when Netflix makes TV series that are essentially middle-of-the-road broadcast television shows. Also known as boring, predictable, easily digested retreads," says Tim Goodman. Why would Netflix make shows that reminded viewers of network television from decades ago? Goodman realized Netflix is "no longer an alternative to traditional television; it's a monolith that lured so many people around the globe away from traditional television that it eventually became so cavernous inside as to become a streaming 'broadcast' network itself — and the algorithm correctly figured out that a certain percentage of people inside who had cut ties to the old world would eventually miss it so much they'd need shows reflective of that lost, former world. It's why they got Fuller House. It's why they got The Ranch. It's why they got One Day at a Time (which is good, don't get me wrong, but it's a network show that's been revamped and remains a network show), etc., etc., etc. And it's the only explanation for The Good Cop, which is so on-the-nose in its retro comfort that it's actually insidious, like heroin made of nostalgia. It has Tony Danza and Josh Groban as father and son detectives, people."
- The Good Cop is like the anti-Brooklyn Nine-Nine with its refusal to engage in the issues of the day
- The Good Cop is engaging without being too mentally taxing -- and Josh Groban is delightful in his role
- It’s light, sometimes fun, casually watchable and totally forgettable
- Monk creator Andy Breckman was essentially allowed to re-create his old show as The Good Cop, but it's stuck in 2009
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Joe Manganiello is coming to One Day at a Time
He'll guest as the brother of Ed Quinn's Max.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Revivals and reboots, defined: Revivals tend to be conservative (and white), while reboots are more open to transformation
Source: The New York Times
The trend of bringing back old TV shows falls into two categories: reboots and revivals. According to James Poniewozik, revivals are "series, exhumed as if from the grave, with the same characters played by the same actors, picking up years or decades later." Reboots, meanwhile, are "old titles being remade for another era, with new casts, and possibly new settings and characters." Poniewozik says revivals tend to be "conservative by nature — artistically, if not necessarily politically. By definition, they’re trying to re-create the past in the present, simulating the appeal of the original even as they show how the world has changed around the characters. For the typical revival, the best-case scenario is getting the viewer to say, 'This feels like the same show I used to watch back then.'" Revivals, he says, tend to deny change, at least creatively. He also notes that "revivals, which reproduce TV’s past down to the original casting, have tended to be very white, as TV’s history is." Reboots, on the other hand "may be successful or disastrous, but it at least offers the possibility, and the requirement, for rethinking and transformation. Battlestar Galactica, after 9/11, turned a breezy 1970s space opera into an ambitious story about politics, religion and the ethics of survival in the face of an existential threat. More recently, when Netflix imagined One Day at a Time with a Cuban-American family, it was able to speak to modern questions about immigration and representation, about who defines America and the working class." Reboots like Charmed can recalibrate the original's premise to take on modern stories, like the #MeToo movement.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
One Day at a Time co-creator Gloria Calderon Kellett will act on the Netflix comedy for the first time
She'll appear in two episodes as the new woman in Victor's life. “There is only one downside to Gloria writing, showrunning and directing One Day at a Time – she was not also acting in it. Consider that rectified!,” says fellow co-creator Mike Royce. “We’re so excited that Gloria will play Nicole, a woman who has more in common with Penelope than Penelope is comfortable with.”
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz bemoan the lack of Latino Emmy nominees in major categories
Fumero and Beatriz reacted to the Emmy nominations on the set of One Day at a Time, where showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett also mourned the lack of a nomination. "Latinos are doing beautiful work in TV right now and our visibility and our campaigns can’t compete with dominant culture shows so we are excluded from the conversation … for now," said Kellett. "I’m committed to telling these stories of other until we are no longer otherized.” Fumero said of the lack of Emmy recognition for Once Day at a Time: "Take away all the importance of showing Latino culture and everything for representation. They’re just doing amazing, hysterical, and also poignant, heartfelt performances on this show that are just as good as any of those women that were nominated. I don’t get it. I don’t know if it’s that our shows don’t get marketed enough."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:16PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz are headed to One Day at a Time
Fumero announced the news on Twitter: "Guess who’s coming to hang with the Alvarez family!?!! @iamstephbeatz & I are guest starring on @OneDayAtATime Season 3!!!!!!!" Executive producer Gloria Calderon Kellett added on Instagram: "That’s right! The @brooklyn99fox ladies are in the casa!! Over the moon to welcome @iamstephbeatz & @melissafumero to the Alvarez familia!! It’s gonna be an epic episode!!"
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Danny Pino joins One Day at a Time
The Cold Case and Law & Order: SVU alum will play Penelope's brother on Season 3 of the Netflix comedy.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Gloria Estefan to guest on One Day at a Time
The Grammy-winning singer and voice behind the Netflix comedy's theme song will play Mirtha, the baby sister and arch-nemesis of Rita Moreno's Lydia.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
It's not surprising that Vida and One Day at a Time would be at the forefront of TV's response to the family separation crisis
"They, unlike the vast majority of television out there, have been doing the crucial work of humanizing Latinx stories all along," says Caroline Framke. "They, like their fundraising hashtag, have been showing how the political is so often personal, one life at a time. One Day at a Time has tackled a range of issues surrounding immigration, racism, and identity since day one...Vida takes a bit of a different tack, but no less personal."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
Starz and dozens of shows donate to Vida and One Day at a Time's initiative to keep immigrant families together at the border
Starz announced its $10,000 donation as dozens of shows have joined the #OneVidaAtATime initiative, including Superstore, This Is Us, Blindspot, Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder. "TV writers stand against family separation. We all have a story to tell. This should not be one of them," read a statement posted by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom. "In solidarity, the writers of: One Day at a Time, Vida, Grey's Anatomy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Insecure, The Chi, You're the Worst, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, People of Earth, Liza on Demand, Ghosted, The Good Place, Single Parents, Roswell New Mexico, New Warriors, Whiskey Cavalier, Watchmen, Castle Rock, Good Trouble, Bob's Burgers, Life in Pieces, A Million Little Things, Little America, Suits, Grace & Frankie, please join in donating."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
A slew of shows join Vida and One Day at a Time's challenge to help immigrant families separated at the border
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Shows that took up the challenge to donate money to help children separated from their parents at the border include Arrow, iZombie, Fresh Off the Boat, The Handmaid's Tale, Queen of the South, Mayans MC, Charmed, On My Block, Mr. Iglesias and Fresh Off the Boat.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
One Day at a Time and Vida team to fight the separation of immigrant families at the border
The two Latino series are “teaming up to end family separation at the border,” One Day at a Time co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted, urging writer to donate "to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release." Vida creator Tanya Saracho used the hashtag #OneVidaataTime and a photo of her "beautiful writers room" to urge other Latino series, Jane the Virgin and ABC's upcoming Grand Hotel, to join in their fight. The border separation controversy has become heated in recent days as TV producers like Modern Family's Steven Levitan and Judd Apatow have called out Fox News' slanted coverage on the immigration debate.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Netflix throws shade at ABC's Roseanne cancelation by recommending One Day at a Time
Netflix's official account tweeted this afternoon: "Reminder: @OneDayAtATime is a sitcom about a tight-knit, working class family that tackles extremely topical social issues in a smart and innovative way. Ya know, if you’re suddenly looking for a show like that…"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
It's simply not true that Roseanne is a rare comedy that tackles politics and the working class
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, in explaining last week why Roseanne in the wake of Trump's victory, said "we had not been thinking nearly enough about economic diversity and some of the other cultural divisions within our own country.” To which Vox's Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff respond: "This falls in line with how some people, and especially conservatives, have been talking about the Roseanne revival. The way this logic goes, Roseanne is one of the only shows on TV that dares talk about 'economic diversity' and 'cultural divisions,' political correctness or whatever be damned. The weird thing about that line of reasoning, however, is that it’s not true. While Roseanne’s original run was indeed groundbreaking, in the years since, countless politically and socially relevant sitcoms have followed in its footsteps. Many of them are on the air right now; some are even already airing on ABC." In fact, Vox has a list of 11 shows that tackle politics and the working class, from One Day at a Time to The Middle.
- Roseanne isn't the only "real" working class sitcom: What about Mom and Superstore?
- What about black working-class shows?: It's "frankly ludicrous" to say Roseanne represents the working-class voters who elected Trump
- Former Fresh Off the Boat writer Kourtney Kang explains her problem with this week's Roseanne slam
- Why the whole Black-ish-Fresh Off the Boat controversy is dumb: Roseanne is supposed to be a modern Archie Bunker!
- Is Roseanne's gender nonconforming grandson designed to appease "anti-trans feminists"?
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
How shows like Community and One Day at a Time avoided cancelation
Sony Pictures Television president Jeff Frost, whose studio has had a number of high-profile renewals of shows that seemed marked for death, offers some insight into how he's kept shows alive.