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Could Lin-Manuel Miranda Save ‘One Day At A Time’? Let’s Hope So

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The internet was devastated when Netflix announced that they were canceling “One Day at a Time” after three seasons. The show meant so much to so many people who saw their families reflected on screen for the first time in their lives. The anger from fans was exacerbated because the cancellation announcement came just months after it was reported that Netflix dropped $80 million to stream “Friends,” which nobody asked for. Lin-Manuel Miranda did not take the news lightly and things are hopefully changing with his charge to save the show.

Netflix recently announced that they were canceling “One Day at a Time” and fans reacted with justifiable rage.

Who here has heard of “The Ranch”? Has anyone watched any of the shows? Is “The Ranch” better known than “One Day at a Time”? Who knows. However, it is clear that Netflix will continue to give paying subscribers content that many people seem so confused about.

Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda with a ray of hope for all ODAAT fans.

Ummm…que?! Is Lin-Manuel Miranda taking his name and fame to bring ODAAT back from an eventual death at the hands of Netflix? Miranda has been a driving force in Hollywood to uplift and celebrate Latino talent and Latino projects through his music and his acting. He gave people of color a chance to tell the story of one of America’s founding fathers with “Hamilton” and it changed the way people look at musicals forever.

His announcement immediately made fans scream with excitement about the work he does.

Who remembers the day the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” got canceled by Fox? It was a devastating time for fans of a show that was a relative hit. Well, Miranda was the champion of saving that show and people are truly leaning on him to save ODAAT. It’s almost as if he understands that diverse shows, as studies have shown, perform as well as or better than majority white cast shows. People want to see themselves represented.

Even the cast members of ODAAT are giving us hope that we can still #SaveODAAT.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the show glowing reviews and even gave the second and third seasons highly-coveted 100 percent scores. That is not something to take lightly. The show was more than a sitcom; it was a window into the American family we rarely see on television.

The topics they covered are real. Whether it is coming out as LGBTQ+ in an immigrant family or dealing with colorism within the Latino community or figuring out how to best handle your mental health issues, this show was real. Losing this kind of representation touches on several communities who are being told their stories just don’t matter as much as reruns of 90s sitcoms.

Celebrities are pushing for other networks and studios to consider giving ODAAT a new home.

Yes to all of this. We can only hope someone at Amazon, Hulu, NBC, ABC, the CW, or any network wakes up to the possibility of saving the show. There is a built-in fanbase that will follow the show wherever it goes. Not only will people watch it, a different company might do a better job of promoting the show to give it even more eyeballs.

Then we saw Miranda interacting with the creator of ODAAT Norman Lear.

Talk about a mic drop. Everyone on Twitter is getting behind the #SaveODAAT campaign and it is so beautiful to watch. Netflix clearly underestimated the reaction they would get from the show, or they knew what they were doing. Why else would they try to tell the underrepresented community the show served that their stories matter?

Actions say a lot more than words. Netflix’s action to cancel a show with wide appeal and an activated fanbase is disheartening. However, seeing Miranda and a worldwide activation on Twitter to save the show proves that we need more representation like this.

Not to mention, legend Rita Moreno is not someone you can simply cancel.

Moreno is America’s abuelita. She has given us representation for decades and her role as Lydia was so incredible and nostalgic for anyone who was raised with their abuelita in the house. She showered the Alvarez children with the same kind of unfiltered and unimpeded love we experienced from our own abuelitas. How dare you try to push her out?

She’s ready to play ball and with Miranda joining the fight it is only a matter of time till ODAAT prevails.

We’re all counting on you, Miranda. You can do this. You can save this show. This show it important and necessary for million right now. Thank you for taking up the fight.

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

Producers Finally Confirmed The Fate Of ‘Luis Miguel, La Serie’ But Will Hardcore Fans Be Happy

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Producers Finally Confirmed The Fate Of ‘Luis Miguel, La Serie’ But Will Hardcore Fans Be Happy

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Not only is ‘Luis Miguel’ the series hitting the airwaves across Latin America (meaning it’s no longer being restricted to Netflix), but producers of the hit show also confirmed a second season. According to Gato Grande Productions, the company behind ‘Luis Miguel’, the second season will return with new episodes at the start of 2020.

The second season has been confirmed and will hit Netflix in early 2020.

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Translation: The second season of ‘Luis Miguel, the series’ will return in 2020. Miguel Alemán Magnani said that LuisMiguel himself will review the scripts of each and every episode and in the coming months they’ll start filming. In the first quarter of 2020 there will be new episodes of ‘Luis Miguel’ in Netflix. 🇲🇽

Producers told Reforma that “Luis Miguel has just finished a very important tour of the United States. He is resting and soon he’ll begin to review all the episodes of season two very carefully. They’ll start filming at the end of the year … The first quarter of the year, we are going to start airing.”

This was huge news for fans who had been waiting for literally a year for news – any news – of a possible second season.

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The first season of ‘Luis Miguel’ came to and end on July 15, 2018 – so it’s been literally a year without any news. Fans have been waiting in absolute suspense.

And it was only just recently that US fans of the series were able to start watching on Netflix.

Meaning there’s going to be a whole other group of wildly obsessed, dedicated fans.

Like seriously, the series just became available on US Netflix fom yesterday (July 16).

Fans across Twitter were beyond excited for the hotly anticipated news.

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Definitely going to add this to my Netflix and Chill plans. Will you be watching it?

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Here’s Why Netflix’s ‘Mr. Iglesias’ Is So Important For Students Of Color Right Now

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Here’s Why Netflix’s ‘Mr. Iglesias’ Is So Important For Students Of Color Right Now

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Throughout the history of American film and television, there have been some great teachers that have inspired audiences. We can think, of course, of Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love,” which broke down racial stereotypes in U.S. popular culture, or of Robin Williams and his carpe diem philosophy in “Dead Poet’s Society.” “Dangerous Minds”showcased the many talents of Michele Pfeiffer as an inspiring teacher dealing with a tough neighborhood. And, of course, our own Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver.” All those roles are pretty intense, and students are often portrayed as troubled minds who need rescuing. 

That is why Netflix’s new show, “Mr. Iglesias,” is a fresh and welcome variation on the “inspiring teacher” Hollywood trope. It follows the life in a Long Beach school where students of all ethnicities learn from Gabriel Iglesias, an amazing maestro that dances salsa and is an endless source of wittiness. In fact, the real Iglesias attended this very school, Woodrow Wilson High School. The show has gotten positive reviews. Dan Fienberg from The Hollywood Reportersays: “Would I like for Mr. Iglesias to be funnier? Or, at times, especially funny at all? Yes. But I’m a sucker for ‘well-meaning,’ especially when it’s warm and inclusive.” Merrill Barr at Forbeshighlights that much of the show rests on the broad shoulders of the lead character: “Perhaps it is just due to the animated nature of its lead to sell what would otherwise be a rather bland sitcom, but Mr. Iglesias works. It’s funny. Hacky at times, but funny nonetheless.” But judge by yourself: we promise some hard LOLing! 

It serves us some harsh historical truths right from the beginning.

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As we said, the show follows the adventures of Gabriel Iglesias, a history teacher who struggles to serve some truths to his students in the United States educational system. The show is funny as hell thanks to the incandescent personality of its lead actor, comedian Gabriel Iglesias (how meta!), but that doesn’t preclude it from being fiercely political. In the first episode, suggestively titled “Some Children Left Behind”, the show delves into what the struggles of the educational system mean for the lives of students and teachers. 

He teaches History by keeping his students engaged with pop culture references.

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Seriously, we all would love to have a teacher like Mr. Iglesias. He is not only a source of smart interpretations of racial and class relationships in the United States but also una fuente of wisdom when it comes to cool pop culture references. Seriously, if all maestros were like him, maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in right now as a country and as humankind. 

And being a Latino teacher in the age of Trump… of course, he went there right away!

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OMG, Mr. Iglesias found a way to basically use a picture of POTUS as a piñata, make fun of his hairdo and bring up his Cheeto complexion, all in a few seconds of comedic bliss. When politics are turbulent and violent towards minorities, comedy is one of the best weapons to fight back and have una carcajada en el intento. 

The show was created by Kevin Hench.

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He is an experienced writer and producer, and his credits include the super funny comedy “Last Man Standing,” and the Latino-themed legal drama “Cristela.” No wonder him and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias found some common ground to create the comedic masterpiece that is “Mr. Iglesias,” which like all good satire uses current events to uncover deeper truths. 

The show looks at the endemic inequalities in the educational system.

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Let’s face it: many Brown and Black kids have systematic obstacles from the get-go. Many of them work from an early age and have to basically deal with the very adult juggling act of home/school/job. This is addressed in the show, with the top student, Marisol (who quotes Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, BTW!), being on the verge of being expelled because of poor attendance when she is helping out in her family business. This is a very familiar situation for thousands of first and second generation students.

There is a white teacher, Mrs. Abigail Spencer, who is just oh so naive! 

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The show doesn’t demonize white characters, it just paints them as… well, sort of naive and protected by bubble wrap. Mr. Iglesias tells her: “Abby, you are white, you can do anything”. She is a funny woman from North Dakota who just needs to get in touch with reality a bit more. Well, there is also a preeeety borderline racist football coach who says “your people” constantly. Of course, es un gringazo

The show is binge material and is getting some committed fans.

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The show has some amazing rhythm. Even though the scripts follow a schematic three-act structure and it has some risas grabadas that are frankly very annoying, “Mr. Iglesias”is totally binge-worthy. The episodes run just under 30 minutes and are fast-paced and full of adorable moments. We don’t blame this Instagram user for bringing the whole show in a night…. we wonder they had cara de zombie the next day, eh?

It is hard to predict whether there will be a second season, but we think there will!

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Netflix does not usually release viewership numbers, so the second season is not a done deal. We can predict, however, that this show has some legs, and Netflix would take a lot of heat if they cancel yet another Latino-themed show after the criticism they faced when canceling “One Day at a Time.” With the Latino market in the United States and overseas being a clear player in budgeting and projects, we can predict that “Mr. Iglesias”is here to stay. 

Netflix is pretty committed to Gabriel Iglesias, a top Latino talent.

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Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has a highly popular stand-up comedy act in “One Show Fits All,” where he talks about the many tribulations of being a person of color in this day and age, as well as some funny Mexican traditions and body positivity. He is not fat, he says, he is simply fluffy. 

Here is what you need to know about Gabriel Iglesias.

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He was born Gabriel Jesus Iglesias, in San Diego, so he is a true son of Mexican-American culture. He and his five siblings were raised by a single mom. He spent his childhoods in struggling Californian communities such as Compton, Baldwin Park and lastly Long Beach, where “Mr. Iglesias”is set. His comedic influences are diverse: Paul Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, and the disgraced Bill Cosby.

Recognize his voice from “Padre de familia”, that awesome “Family Guy” special?

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In 2007, Gabriel Iglesias voiced an entire Mexican family in the hilarious sixth season episode of Family Guy, simply titled “Padre de familia”. And if you are a fan of kitschy films, he also plays a super funny character in the male stripper saga Magic Mike (we just can’t get over how he moves sus lonjas doing a Carmen Miranda impression).

READ: Here Are 20 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Sleeping On Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias

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  1. Ananomsys says:

    This is devastating! I normally keep my opinions to myself but ODAAT really featured topics that as a Latin community we didn't talk about. It was very encouraging on topics we didn't speak if or even acknowledged. No otber show has even come close. We are so used to seeing topics regarding the Latin community about drugs, money laundering and other typical stereotypes that we don't showcase the realuties of famies that really are just trying to better thwmselves and understand a new generation.