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

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After three seasons, and minimal publicity, Netflix did not renew “One Day At A Time” for a fourth season.

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The streaming service claimed that there were not enough people watching the show to justify a fourth season telling the story of the Alvarez family. The show gave representation and touched on topics that are so important for the Latino and Cuban communities. The decision by Netflix is a heartbreaking one that has left all “One Day At A Time” fans confused, disappointed, and, unfortunately, not surprised.

Netflix is being dragged on Twitter for the lack of publicity they did to promote the show.

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Netflix users would be hard pressed to find examples of Netflix promoting shows like “One Day At A Time” or “Sense8” with the same fervor as shows like “Fuller House.” Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews about the “Full House” reboot, the show lasted for five seasons on Netflix. Meanwhile, “One Day At A Time” received glowing reviews and a lot of support for a renewal and couldn’t get a fourth season.

For a moment, let’s imagine that Netflix put the same amount of promotion for “One Day At A Time” as they did for “Roma”? One can only imagine that the numbers they are seeking would materialize.

“One Day At A Time” scored perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the second and third season.

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Out of 84 TV seasons with 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” produced two of them. The show proved to be a well-oiled vessel for representing a population often overlooked while tackling the issues that matter.

The Alvarez’s are a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles and, as such, deal with the dichotomy of growing up in a multi-generational, immigrant home. The way old-school ideals by Lydia Reira butted up against the modern views of Elena Alvarez were so real to many audience members.

Most evident is the way Lydia was able to come to terms with her granddaughter coming out as gay. This storyline is so personal for the queer audience the show was able to cultivate through Elena and her journey of self-acceptance.

Cast members of the show took to Twitter to share the news with their fans.

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Isabella Gomez is the woman who brought Elena Alvarez to life and always took her role seriously. Not only did she want to a good job as Elena, Gomez wanted to make sure that the queer storyline she was presenting as a non-queer actor was accurate and respectful of the community she was in charge of representing.

“I realized from the beginning that if I want to tell this story accurately, I was going to have to take in as many experiences as possible and learn from them,” Gomez told Out Magazine. “I also think it’s that the fans are so incredible and I get messages from them about their own journeys daily and I read all of them. That’s given me so much insight into what their lives are like, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m constantly learning, but most importantly, the writers that write Elena are LGBTQ and have had these experiences.”

Gloria Calderón Kellett poured her heart and soul into the show as a co-showrunner, writer, and basically everything for the show.

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This show was a special moment in the Netflix history and it would be good for them to realize the power this show has. Lydia is an accurate and non-caricatured version of a loving and sometimes inappropriate Cuban abuelita. Penelope Alvarez gave a voice to military veterans struggling with mental health and trauma from serving their country as a single mother.

“Luckily, I believe in miracles,” Calderón Kellett tweeter. “So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.”

However, no matter how the cast and crew try to reassures fans that it is okay, people are most certainly not letting Netflix move on quietly.

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In response to the news from Netflix, #SaveODAAT has started trending. Not only are people trying to plead with Netflix to reconsider, others are calling on Hulu, Amazon, and other companies to swoop in and save the show. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled from Fox and got picked up by NBC. We can only hope that another company will be smart enough to snatch up “One Day At A Time.”

Not to mention the optics of canceling inclusive shows with representation in the current societal climate.

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The same arguments were made when “Sense8” was canceled despite a strong fanbase. Not to mention that Netflix recently made the decision to drop $80 million to stream “Friends” in 2019.

Fans want Netflix to understand that the show was delivering something more than just a sitcom.

This show was a window into our worlds being led by someone from the community who lived the experience. It is the representation behind and in front of the camera that people have been calling for from Hollywood and Netflix did it only to cancel it.

While this is a sad day, we can only hope someone somewhere will wake up and save this show from disappearing for good.

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Minorities are always fighting for better representation. Our projects are usually the first to fall when money and numbers are discussed. It is important that we continue to hold production companies, networks, and streaming services responsible. We need to demand the respresentation we want to see.

If you want to let Netflix know what you think about “One Day At A Time” being canceled, you can call them at 1 (866) 579-7172.

READ: Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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

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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

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