‘One Day At A Time’ Is Doing A Special Animated Episode After Production Shutdown Due To Coronavirus
Update May 14, 2020, 11:52 p.m. PST: “One Day At A Time” is making an animation special to give their fans some love via the television. COVID-19 has halted production in Hollywood as Los Angeles fights the deadly viral outbreak. We now know who is going to be making the animation special even more special.
We finally know who is going to be joining the Alvarez family for the “One Day At A Time” animated special.
We were devastated when we first heard that ODAAT was getting canceled by Netflix. We were even more upset when we learned that Netflix was blocked the show from being carried on other streaming platforms. Fortunately, Pop TV came through and saved the show. Now, we will get a little more of the Alvarez family thanks to a new animated special.
Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Melissa Fumero will join the Alvarez family for the special.
Miranda had a big hand in saving the show about a Cuban family in Los Angeles. He took to social media after the show was canceled to rally his fans to get the show saved. The campaign worked and the show found a new home with Pop TV.
Fans are clearly very excited and can’t wait for the show to air.
We could all use something to brighten our spirits and moods. This animated special will be that for so many fans who can’t wait for the animated version of their favorite family.
Original: We’re never truly surprised when news that the team behind Pop TV’s “One Day At A Time” is cooking up something special. But the latest update about the show’s production truly has us floored, elated. You know: muy muy excited.
That’s right mi gente, One Day At A Time is getting the animation treatment!
The new take on the Norman Lear sitcom announced that it will produce an animated special available for viewing this spring.
Similar to most film and television productions, the current season of One Day At a Time, set to be it’s fourth, was suspended this past March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Deadline, “Shortly after that, One Day At a Time executive producer/co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett, whose husband is a cartoonist, brought the idea of an animated episode with fellow executive producer/co-showrunner Mike Royce. The two took it to ODAAT producing studio Sony Pictures TV, which helped get the ball rolling.”
“In my 97 years, I’ve never known of a multicam comedy to animate a single episode as a special. Even this I get to experience,” Norman Lear, the creator of the original 1975 series and executive producer of the current reimagining said in a statement to Deadline.
The One Day At a Time animated special will center around the arrival and visit of Penelope’s conservative family.
“Penelope dreads that with the election coming up, they won’t be able to avoid fighting over politics,” reports Deadline. “The Alvarez family spends the episode discussing strategies of how to get through it, illustrated through fantasy sequences. Jonas Diamond, Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto will be overseeing the animation. The cast will all voice their own characters and will be joined by celebrity guests to be announced at a later date.”
The special episode will not be connected to any of the storylines introduced in the new season.
“As we all know, it’s hard to keep One Day At a Time off the air. During this unprecedented time, we wanted to find a way to keep our family – on camera and behind the scenes – together and create more entertaining content for our fans who are self-distancing at home,” said Kellett, who has been leading an industry conversation to find solutions for safely restarting TV production. “This animated special gives us an exciting opportunity to imagine the Alvarez family in a colorful new way while continuing to tell important and relevant stories.”
There’s no doubt One Day At A Time has proven its perseverance since the start of its run.
With its current fourth season in the works, the ability of the show to persevere through times thick and thin. Last year, news that the sitcom following followed the life of a Cuban American family been canceled by Netflix brought out various criticisms from the show’s fans. The series was brought back by Pop TV.