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The Internet Is Trying To #SaveODAAT From Netflix And Everyone Is Rooting For The Show

It’s been about a week since Netflix announced that it will be canceling its widely revered sitcom “One Day at a Time,” leaving cast, crew, and fans reeling from the news. If you’ve seen ODAAT, you’re shocked and confused, too. The show centered on a Cuban-American family, touching topics that few Latino families want to touch (i.e. mental illness, sexuality, alcoholism, and the list goes on).

The writers were genius, the storyline perfection and the characters more lovable and relatable than any other Latinos on screen. We’re all mad at Netflix for hooking us with three seasons and denying us more.

Sounds like a personal marketing problem, Netflix.

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Netflix made the “hard” decision to cancel “One Day at a Time” citing low viewership as the reason. However, as any fan will tell you , and have told you on Twitter, Netflix never tried marketing the show. Many fans didn’t know there were new episodes until they saw the “New Episodes” sticker on the thumbnail.

Twitter came through to hold Netflix’s marketing department accountable.

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Thank you for your service, @7_han_. Netflix, do you have a comment? It is really telling that so many other shows get so much attention from Netflix but ODAAT was essentially forgotten and dismissed. Feels a little bit like sabotage.

Plus, Netflix is notoriously secretive about its viewership numbers.

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According to president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Alex Nogales, Netflix has often claimed: “that they don’t see numbers.” He told NBC News. “I always find that hard to believe … which one is it? For years, they’ve been saying that they don’t care about numbers and now they do.”

Needless to say, #SaveODAAT has become a grassroots movement.

@_SaveODAAT / Twitter

Netflix is feeling all kinds of pressure right now. We, the fans, made that happen. We exist. Count us as your “viewership,” por favor. #SaveODAAT has received attention from the entire planet. It is clear that people want this show. To chancel, it after not promoting it properly is wrong on so many levels.

Because la gente will take no apology from the streaming service.

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One user, @DreTerroba put it perfectly:

“Maybe, just maybe, think that the way to continue finding ways to tell these stories is by promoting them more when they’re already there, instead of siloing that outreach for just those who you think may watch. It’s simplistic and tokenistic tbh.”

It seems Lin-Manuel Miranda might just save the day. ????

@Lin_Manuel / Twitter

He has a proven track record of saving Latino-centered shows. Remember when he saved “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” last year from Fox? Boy’s got connections and he’s using them. Also, what are you plotting?! We need to know. 

He’s busy snickering secrets with Rita Moreno over dinner.

@TheRitaMoreno / Twitter

????YOU ????CAN’T ????CANCEL ????RITA ????MORENO. We don’t exactly know what is being cooked up by Miranda but we hope it’s juicy. Please make this happen. We could only imagine what this show will look like at another network that wants it to succeed.

Showrunners Gloria Calderón-Kellet and Mike Royce have publicly asked networks to #SaveODAAT.

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Calderón-Kellet announced on Twitter, “Good morning networks. I’ve met with you in the past & you’ve said ‘If only we had @OneDayAtATime’ Good news…. we can be yours! We can easily do a reset so that those not familiar with the show will get all the info they need. Call Sony. The fight continues”

Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes gave ODAAT two perfect 100 percent ratings for its second and third seasons.

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It’s a hit for a reason, and everyone, including its infamous produce Norman Lear is confused. In a statement, Lear said, “I wish I could understand Netflix’s decision to not pick us up for a fourth [season].”

The problem is that Netflix contracts prevent canceled shows from being picked up for at least 2-3 years.

@everythingloria / Twitter

It is truly childish, but we’re seeing nothing but hope and positivity from showrunners and cast alike. Keep it going, fans! People want to see this show and they want to see it wherever they can. Don’t let the show die because of your non-compete, Netflix. Let the fans get the show they want and deserve.

The cast and crew might not be aqble to talk, btu we, the fans, can continue to make noise and pressure the streaming giant to let the show live on.

@MikeRoyce / Twitter

If they don’t want it, fine. But don’t deprive audiences that finally saw themselves represented because you don’t want someone else to have the show. Let is live on a network that will truly care for iandnd give it the publicity it deserves.

To offend Rita Moreno is to offend an *angel*. But Netflix did a great job.

@TheRitaMoreno / Twitter

Her words exactly, “I am grieving for the terrible loss of my beloved character, Lydia, on ‘@OneDayAtATime‘. A glorious confection/creation put together by @everythingloria and @MikeRoyce thanks to the brilliance of @TheNormanLear and his extraordinary partner.”

Justina Machado pointed out the obvious:

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This show didn’t just resonate with Latino audiences. It resonates with American families. We are American families and it is wonderful to see our family on the tv.

Isabella Gomez, on the other hand, was enojada AF.

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Caption: “All of us last week. ????????‍♀️???? HOWEVER, this week is full of hope and possibilities! Game plan: you guys keep tweeting and talking about the show so potential buyers see that people are invested and wanting more seasons and we’ll try to find us a new home! Use #SaveODAAT ????????

And has spent the week eating her feelings.

@Isabella_Gomez / Twitter

Seriously, get in on this #SaveODAAT train and save Isabella Gomez from herself.

Fans are even changing their Twitter names to really commit to saving the show.

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What are you doing? Share this article. Share your feelings. Tweet #SaveODAAT and help save ODAAT!

Young Marcel Ruiz, who plays Alex, had a touching message for his fans.

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Caption: “I am very surprised and sad that One Day at a Time is getting canceled and not having a season 4. I always thought this show would go on for many more seasons and that’s why it’s so hard to realize it has come to an end. This show not only taught me so much about acting but also about life and how important family is. This has been a life changing experience that I will always be thankful for being a part of. Thank you to @gloriakellett@mikeroyce @thenormanlear@thebrent_miller @Sony @netflix and all the writers that made this story come to life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of playing the character of Alex. I will miss this amazingly talented cast who has been the most supportive family since the first day. Thank you to the fans that watched and were proud to be represented on tv, you guys are the best! I hope this show can find a new home, in the meantime we will keep laughing and crying. This was it, this was life, One Day at a Time. #saveodaat

Here’s some inspiring anecdotes to remind you why you’re about to hashtag #SaveODAAT.

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Because it’s not closed curtains yet. We don’t know what’s cooking but we know that we can turn up the heat by showing networks that ODAAT is beloved by its fanbase. We fight for what we love.

This show has brought families together in their living rooms all over the world.

@_rafaf / Twitter

If “One Day at a Time” has had any impact on you, the least we can do is show our support. If it’s true that Netflix’s reason fothe r cancellation was low viewership numbers, we can elevate those numbers on social media.

We won’t stop you from calling Netflix and giving them a piece of your mind.

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The truth is that we don’t know exactly what is going on, but the showrunners’ comments allude to something. Call Netflix at 1 (866) 579-7172 and definitely tweet out all the sorrow, joy and rage that ODAAT has given you with #SaveODAAT. Let’s go, familia!

READ: The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

Photos: State of California, Gabriel’s Justice/Facebook

Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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Just when you thought “Grey’s Anatomy” had literally done every storyline in the book, they turn around and surprise you. And this time, “Grey”‘s is bringing some good news.

Now, in 2021, after 17 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally featuring its first indigenous doctor, Dr. James Chee, played by actor Robert I Mesa.

Robert I Mesa is an actor of Navajo and Soboba descent. According to an online biography, Mesa is self-taught photographer, filmmaker and actor working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mesa took to Instagram to celebrate the good news about being the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s”.

“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”

Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.

In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.

“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”

Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.

“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”

We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.

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