One Day at a Time cast, producers, and fans express heartbreak over cancellation
One Day at a Time fans aren’t waiting one more day to express their dismay at the series’ cancellation.
Netflix axed the critically acclaimed comedy about a Cuban-American family on Thursday morning, posting a Twitter thread explaining the “very difficult decision.” Starring Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, and more, One Day at a Time, a revival of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom, was celebrated for its representation of Latinx and LGBTQ characters, as well as its deft handling of protagonist Penelope Alvarez (Machado), a single mother and veteran dealing with PTSD.
Showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce responded quickly with a statement explaining that they’ll be “exploring other places One Day at a Time can live”:
Lear posted a statement as well, thanking the cast and crew while also prodding Netflix for a better explanation. “I wish I could understand Netflix’s decision to not pick us up for a fourth [season],” he wrote. “Is there really so little room in business for love and laughter?”
But with the series’ fate still up in the air, cast members including Moreno, Machado, Gomez, Grinnell, and Ruiz have posted farewells in the meantime expressing their gratitude and disappointment:
Fans — including Lin-Manuel Miranda, who helped campaign for Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s renewal and network move after its cancellation on Fox — have been less diplomatic about Netflix’s decision. Using the hashtag #SaveODAAT, which quickly became the top trending topic worldwide, many are rallying on Twitter to bring the show back.
Critics even chimed in to call the cancellation a “colossal failure” on Netflix’s part:
One Day at a Time (2017)