“How amazing it is to be involved with this brilliant and culturally significant series that deals with important themes one minute while making you laugh the next,” Brad Schwartz, Pop TV’s president, said in a statement. “If Schitt’s Creek has taught us anything, it’s that love and kindness always wins . . . We couldn’t be more proud to continue telling heartwarming stories of love, inclusion, acceptance and diversity that pull on your emotions while putting a smile on your face.”
“One Day of a Time” followed the lively Alvarez family — helmed by Cuban American nurse and Afghanistan veteran Penelope (Justina Machado), a single mother with two teenage kids (Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz) — and was critically praised for its exploration of social issues. EGOT winner Rita Moreno played Penelope’s mother, Lydia.
Netflix caught flack in March for the manner in which it canceled the series. In tweets, the streaming service seemed to applaud itself for having aired a program that provided Latinx viewers with a rare source of representation, even though it axed it anyway. Netflix attributed the decision to low viewership, though the company famously keeps such numbers close to the vest.
In response to the cancellation, co-showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce had joined Lear, an executive producer, in thanking Netflix for the opportunity to make three seasons but emphasized that the fight to save “One Day at a Time” was not over. Lear’s producing partner, Brent Miller, told The Washington Post at the time that while the team had no plans to take the show to a competing streamer, they would be open to discussing a future with traditional television networks.
On Thursday, Kellett and Royce issued a statement expressing their gratitude to fans for “their undying support, helping us turn #SaveODAAT into #MoreODAAT.”
Lear echoed his fellow executive producers, thanking them along with Miller and Sony Pictures Television, which will produce the series, for “never giving up on the show, our actors or the possibility that a cable network could finally save a canceled series that originated on a streaming service."
“And one last thank you to, Pop, for having the guts to be that first cable network,” he continued. “Even this I get to experience — at 96.”