A multi-generational, Cuban-American remake of Norman Lear’s classic comedy maintained a fervent fan base of critics and everyday viewers alike. It broke barriers, providing a necessary comfort to a demographic that is rarely afforded the opportunity to see their stories told with such poignancy and care, and it was a relatable sojourn for all who tuned in over the course of three seasons.
Despite that, Netflix has chosen to cancel its original series One Day At A Time, citing a lack of viewership as the cause. In a rare move, Netflix took to Twitter to directly address the cancellation:
After taking a few more beats to thank the cast and crew, the streaming service attempted to soothe the sting that fans who, at one time, “felt seen or represented” are undoubtedly feeling.
This comes after diligent campaigning from fans, the cast, celebrity viewers, and even co-creator Gloria Calderón Kellett, who advised early on that streaming numbers would ultimately determine the show’s fate. But since Netflix continues to withhold streaming metrics from the general public, it’s hard to determine whether or not those efforts were in vain.
“It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos says in a statement. “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.”
If there is even a shred of hope to glean from this, it’s that the series’ producer, Sony Pictures, is reportedly shopping the series elsewhere, and the cancellation does come at a time when shows are being saved more often by willing networks. With a passionate cast and a fandom that isn’t quite ready to say goodbye, maybe this family has a fighting chance at a new home.