One Day at a Time, the beloved reboot of Norman Lear’s original sitcom, no longer has a home on Netflix. The streaming platform announced via Twitter Thursday that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season.
Thank you Norman Lear for bringing this series back to television. Thank you Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
The decision came as a blow to viewers, especially those in the Latinx community who saw themselves in the charming, resilient Alvarez family. The series garnered praise for addressing issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and sexuality with tenderness and candor over its past three seasons.
Today’s developments don’t necessarily mean the end of One Day at a Time, though. Mike Royce, who developed the series with Gloria Calderón Kellett, tweeted today that they are “exploring other places One Day at a Time can live.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who previously stuck his neck out for Brooklyn Nine-Nine when it was canceled by FOX, tweeted his support in response to Isabella Gomez (who plays the fiercely feminist Elena). And while we’re not saying he’s solely responsible for the Andy Samberg-led comedy previously being picked up by NBC, it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, folks. Who knows the limits of his power?
Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2019
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos released a statement on the show’s cancellation, reading:
It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time. 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. This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.
Revisit Paste’s past plea to save One Day at a Time here.