One Day at a Time has officially been canceled. Netflix has been a bit more bullish about giving the ax to some of their original programming as of late and, unfortunately, this time it has taken a true fan-favorite away before its time. There had been buzz swirling that the show might be facing cancellation following its season 3 debut last month and Netflix has made that official.
The new series reboot of the classic Norman Lear comedy has been a critical darling for the streaming service. One Day at a Time currently boasts a very impressive 98 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to go along with a 91 percent audience rating. Still, there are other factors at play here. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, had this to say about the decision in a statement.
"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 Calderon 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 streaming service notoriously doesn't release any sort of ratings information, but it's indicated in that statement that the numbers were a factor. Another key element here has to do with Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series for Netflix. As a result, they pay a licensing fee to Sony and don't actually own the series. Netflix has been taking more control over their content and ownership, which could have helped fuel their decision. Mike Royce and executive producer Calderon Kellett had this to say in a statement on Twitter.
"Last night, Netflix told us they are cancelling One Day at a Time. We had the time of our lives making this show. /one-day-at-a-time-season-2-trailer-release-date-netflix/We worked with the best, most giving and talented cast, writers and crew ever, as well as the incomparable Norman Lear. So while our hearts are very 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 like we have with ODAAT. Along with our studio, Sony, we will be exploring other places One Day at a Time can live, and with any luck we'll find one. Either way our three seasons will always exist and be there for you and for us. In the meantime, we want to thank everybody who watched. We love you. Familia Para Siempre."
It's not impossible to think another network or streaming service would be interested in One Day at a Time. The key problem being that Netflix will still house the first three seasons, making it more difficult to bring the show elsewhere, as the already produced episodes are going to stay right where they are. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
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. A THREAD. 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.— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) March 14, 2019