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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.

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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. ????

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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.

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????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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Recently, it was announced that Amazon studios will be producing a movie based on the lives of groundbreaking Old Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. According to reports, Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Spanish actor Javier Bardem will be playing Arnaz.

Seeing as Arnaz is widely viewed as one of the first Latino actors to achieve mainstream success in the United States, this news was positive for many. But for others, the news was less than ideal.

Some critics are lambasting the decision to cast Bardem as Arnaz, seeing that Bardem was born and raised in Spain, and is therefore not Latino.

One disgruntled Twitter user wrote: “I guess it’s really hard to find a Cuban actor so you have to hire a Spaniard…Whitewashing can happen to Latinos too.”

The criticism around Hollywood relying on Spanish actors and actresses to play Latino roles is not a new one. For years, Spanish actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega have played Latino characters in American movies. The preponderance of this phenomenon have led some people to accuse Hollywood of “white washing” Latino characters by casting Spanish actors.

Antonio Banderas is one of the most famous examples of a Spanish actor who built his career off of playing Latinos.

He has played Latinos for so long that many people think he is, in fact, Latino. But when he was erroneously called a “person of color” by American publications when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2020, there was quiet the outcry in Spain.

Spanish publications condemned American media for having an “absurd obsession” with race, and not understanding that Spaniards are, in fact, white.

Publications wrote arguments like: “Banderas might pass as a Latino ‘person of color,’ to an Arkansas farmer, great-grandson of Germans, but never to a California delivery man born to Guatemalan immigrants.”

To some observers, it seems that Hollywood prefers casting Europeans as Latinos because Hollywood sees Europe as more “sophisticated” than Latinidad.

25-year-old Spaniard Juan Pedro Sánchez, summed up the problem on Twitter, saying: “A lot of people in Spain are bothered if others confuse them for Latin American because Spaniards see Latinos as people of color, and they don’t want to be associated with that.”

He went on to say: “What bothers me is not being considered a person of color, but that people ignore that Spain was a colonizer country. It erases that history.”

The bottom line is, fans are frustrated that Hollywood keeps looking to European actors to cast Latin American characters.

Study after study shows that there is still a stubborn lack of representation for Latinos onscreen. And when there is finally a role that puts a Latino character front and center, Hollywood prefers to hire a European actor over a Latino one.

Javier Bardem is an exceptionally talented actor and there’s no doubt that he will tackle the role of Desi Arnaz with creativity and dedication–but fans’ frustrations at the casting choice doesn’t have to do with Bardem’s acting capabilities. It has to do with the all of the ways that Latinos are discounted–including professionally.

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