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

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

‘One Day At A Time’ Has An Update About The Theme Song That Has Fans Angry

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‘One Day At A Time’ Has An Update About The Theme Song That Has Fans Angry

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Fans of the Netflix series One Day at a Time were likely disappointed to learn that the streaming service cancelled the show after its third season. But if you count yourself as an enthusiast, you’re probably doing a little happy dance at the news that the show will appear on basic cable TV this spring—the first time a cable network has revived a cancelled streaming series and kept it from disappearing into the ether. Pop TV announced that Season 4 of One Day at a Time will launch on Tuesday, March 24 at 9:30/8:30 CT, and the network released the following sneak peek at what’s to come:

“This season will find Penelope exploring a surprising relationship, her mother Lydia experiencing a religious crisis (as well as revealing the details of her surprise trip to Cuba with Dr. Berkowitz), and Schneider finding his relationship with Avery growing deeper. Meanwhile, Elena begins to prepare for college and Alex starts to date.”

Lots to look forward to! But as we prepare for the next iteration of the show, why don’t we take a quick look at its history? How did One Day at a Time begin, and how did it evolve into a beloved reflection of contemporary Latinx family life?

One Day at a Time first aired back in 1975, centering on a white family—a single mom and two kids, just like the current version—who lived in Indianapolis, rather than LA. It was based on the experience of Whitney Blake, one of the show’s creators, as a single mom (which, at the time, was pretty revolutionary—single parenthood was not nearly as common as it is today!). The original show explored the family’s life in the midst of divorce, something that was still pretty taboo in that era, and although it was a sitcom steeped in laughs and levity, it also highlighted the difficulties of navigating the world as a single mother.

Fast forward to 2017. One Day at a Time reemerges on Netflix, and while the same basic storyline is still there, the aura of the show is totally different (and a lot more complex). Instead of focusing on a white family, the new One Day at a Time follows the story of Penelope Alvarez, a US Army Nurse Corps veteran who struggles with her return to civilian life. Alvarez separates from her husband, who had also served in the army, due to erratic behavior caused by alcoholism and PTSD—but Alvarez herself also suffers from PTSD, a conflict that adds an important dimension to the show by offering a glimpse into a mental health reality that affects large swaths of people yet is often overlooked. So, Penelope Alvarez must not simply face the challenges of single motherhood: she must also battle with the lingering trauma of combat, all while trying to manage the stresses of quotidian life in a Cuban-American family.

One Day at a Time has been lauded for its authentic portrayal of relevant social questions that are of particular importance to the Latinx community—from immigration to LGBTQ issues, One Day at a Time gracefully addresses a wide spectrum of topical concerns.

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It’s true: One Day at a Time features characters facing the intense process of applying for citizenship. It shares the story of a character who doesn’t want to celebrate her quinceañera, who ruminates about the right time to tell her family she’s queer. It challenges gender expectations by introducing its audience to non-binary characters. In certain ways, it mirrors the original series in its willingness to address sensitive yet important issues that resemble the lives of people all over the US. Perhaps that’s part of why it’s been so well-received, and why Pop TV is willing to give it another chance.

Regarding the show’s resurrection on regular network TV, Brad Schwartz, President of Pop TV, said the following in a statement: “The enthusiastic response from fans since announcing our new season of One Day at a Time has been thrilling. “The series is more important than ever with its unmatched ability to tackle topical social issues through the lens of a relatable, loving family. The exceptionally talented team behind and in front of the camera make us proud to have One Day at a Time at home at Pop TV.”

The cast is totally lovable, super talented, and deeply engaging—so much of the praise for this show surrounds the fabulous actors at the helm. It’s been called “timely and tender,” “flat-out terrific,” “old fashioned and surprisingly new-fashioned,” and if you haven’t yet tuned in to this critically acclaimed series, make sure you catch up on Seasons 1-3 before the new season premieres in March!

This Latina Disney Star Is All Grown Up And Plays A Major Role In ‘You’—Can You Guess Where Else You Might’ve Spotted Her?

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This Latina Disney Star Is All Grown Up And Plays A Major Role In ‘You’—Can You Guess Where Else You Might’ve Spotted Her?

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The second season of you came out just a few weeks ago, and people can’t get enough of the creepy psychological drama. The new season features a mostly new cast, as the homicidal leading man Joe moves to Los Angeles for a fresh start to unleash his cycle of obsession and murder on a new group of people. One of the new main characters is Ellie, played by former Disney star Jenna Ortega —and although the teenager is only 17 years of age, she’s landed some major roles.

In the new series, Joe (played by Penn Badgley) tries to turn his life around by moving to Los Angeles.

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There, he becomes close to the Quinn family and the Alves family —and things take a dark turn for Joe’s neighbors Delilah and Ellie Alvez —who is played by Jenna.

Ortega is Ellie, a teenager who grew up fast in the big city.

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Ellie likes to act and appear older than her years. Secretly living with minimal supervision or nurturing in her life, she must take care of herself and isn’t afraid to get into murky waters to make a little cash. This includes working cons on the adults around her, including Joe Goldberg.

Joe and Ellie’s older sister Delilah become friends and Joe starts to feel very protective over Ellie.  

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When things take a turn for the worst, Joe looks after Ellie, who’s left orphaned with Child Protection Services close behind her. Seeing his younger self in Ellie, Joe helps her escape and promises to protect her.

This Latina rising star has been working since a young age. 

Although Jenna Ortega is only 17, she’s been acting since she was 9, with plenty of guest spots on TV and, eventually, some major roles. Maybe you recognize her as the young Jane from Jane the Virgin, or you might recognize her voice from one of Disney’s most popular current animated shows. Keep reading to see all of Ortega’s major roles to date.

Jane the Virgin

Jenna Ortega’s breakout role was her five-season recurring role as the young version of Jane Villanueva on CW’s beloved comedy Jane the Virgin. She played Jane in flashbacks throughout all five seasons of the show.

Richie Rich

You isn’t Jenna Ortega’s first major role on a Netflix show. Back in 2015, she was one of the main characters on the reboot of Richie Rich, playing Richie’s luxury-loving best friend Darcy. The show wasn’t successful and ended after just one season.

Stuck in the Middle

Jenna Ortega landed her first full-fledged leading role on the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle, where she played Harley Diaz, the middle child of seven siblings. The show ran from 2016 to 2018, earning Ortega three Imagen Award nominations, one of which she won.

Elena of Avalor

Beginning in 2016 and continuing to the present day, Jenna Ortega has voiced the character of Princess Isabel on the Disney animated series Elena of Avalor. She plays the clever younger sister of the teenage princess Elena, Disney’s first Latina princesses.

Saving Flora

The little-seen drama Saving Flora features Jenna Ortega as the teenage daughter of a circus owner who rescues an aging elephant from being euthanized. The two run away into the forest, where they encounter dangers on their way to an elephant preserve.

‘You’ is just the latest major role for Ortega, and there are more on the horizon

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She’s signed on for another go-round with Netflix, this time in the upcoming horror comedy The Babysitter 2. After that, she’s set to appear in the family comedy Yes Day, co-starring with Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez.