By Alamin Yohannes

Yes, it’s about Syd and Elena.

Gloria Calderón Kellett shares the One Day At a Time storyline she wishes was told

We’re all still heartbroken over the end of One Day At a Time, so we asked creator Gloria Calderón Kellett about the beloved comedy. 

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Syd and Elena’s relationship was groundbreaking television from a representation standpoint, but mainly because it was something we hadn’t really seen on TV before. 

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Kellett is sad we didn’t get to explore the complexities of the relationship as the two prepared to go to college. 

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One Day At a Time mainly showcases Syd and Elena’s loving and positive relationship as they fell in love, but going to college posed a messy complication.

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Would they go to the same school? Would they date other people? Those are the types of questions they would have faced, which Kellett believes is important for young LGBTQ people to see.

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It was great to have a positive storyline and to see love, but also how do you work through that love? How does that love grow and change?

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Getting to see youth navigate these issues through a LGBTQ or Latinx lens is something else the beloved comedy could have added to TV. 

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Looking forward, Kellett wants to see more Latinx people take on comedy in film and TV. 

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It’s a medium she loves because she believes laughing is a great uniter, so she wants more of what One Day At a Time gave viewers. 

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I hope that anybody watching anything I make feels like they got a hug. One Day At a Time is a hug in TV form.

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Kellet will continue to do that on her new show With Love. Like ODAAT, it will feature a fun, familial dynamic with a welcoming new family at the center. 

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Growing up with a loving and supporting family, Kellett wants to recreate her blessings on TV because TV is literally being broadcast into our homes. 

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That was my experience. It’s something I’m really proud of and that I love. I think it’s often misrepresented on TV, so it’s a really awesome opportunity to be able to right that wrong.

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