One Day at a Time is taking one cancelation at a time, as the struggling sitcom has been canceled once again. A modern reboot of the 1970s comedy series of the same name, the show initially premiered on Netflix in 2017. After a three-season run, Netflix did what it is wont to do and pulled the plug two years later. Thanks to the efforts of the executive producers along with a fan campaign to keep it going, the series was saved when ViacomCBS picked it up to air on the Pop network in 2020.
Unfortunately, the worldwide pandemic cut the show's fourth season on Pop short, resulting in just six episodes making it to air before production was paused. There were reports that filming would resume in 2021 with an animated special serving as the season 4 finale, but there hadn't been much word on the status of the series since. Instead of moving forward with plans to film new episodes next year, Pop has reportedly gone ahead and axed the series, once again leaving its future in limbo.
Fortunately, there is still hope that One Day at a Time can once again be saved. Its production house, Sony Pictures Television, is reportedly planning to shop the show around to other networks. Series co-showrunner Mike Royce also revealed on Twitter that the team is still trying to get season 5 made elsewhere, which would be an unprecedented progression for a Netflix Original.
"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?" Royce tweeted.
Co-showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett also added, "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."
One Day at a Time follows a Cuban-American family living in a Los Angeles neighborhood, focusing on a single mother and Army veteran dealing with PTSD, her kids, and her Cuban mother. Although it's a comedy series, the show is known for tackling hot-button issues in the United States, from mental illness and immigration to the racism that Latin people living in the country continue to face in 2020. Its ensemble cast includes Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno.
As an Emmy-winning and critically-acclaimed series, One Day at a Time has pretty good odds of landing on its feet somewhere else. It certainly helps that Sony, which has a history of finding new homes for axed television shows, remains firmly in their corner. Given the increased competition in the streaming market, perhaps we'll see a streaming service pick up the show for season 5, even if it's not coming back to Netflix. In any case, let's not weep for the end of the series just yet. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.