Our prayers have been answered as One Day At A Time is returning to us. But, it won’t be returning where you expect it.
Earlier this year, Netflix announced the cancellation of their original series One Day At A Time. The family comedy was based off Norman Lear’s show from the 1970s & ‘80s. The Netflix sitcom followed a Cuban-American family led by matriarch Penelope Alvarez, a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran. While still being a comedic show, the series tackled several serious topics like anxiety, PTSD, coming out as LGBTQ, gender identity, giving consent, American citizenship, alcoholism, family feuds, and more.
Now, the show has been picked up by Pop TV for a fourth season in 2020 with 13 episodes. The show will then appear on parent channel CBS later on in the year.
“When we looked at the success we’ve had with Schitt’s Creek, we felt that was because of how it championed love and kindness, and how it has a lot of emotion mixed with a lot of heart and comedy,” Pop president Brad Schwartz said in a statement. “And when you look at One Day at a Time, you see it does the same [thing]. They deal with inclusion and love and acceptance and family. They pull on your emotions and they make you laugh. There are such parallels to what helped Schitt’s Creek break through on Pop.”
“Pop is now the home to two of the most critically praised and fan-adored comedies in all of television, bringing even more premium content to basic cable,” Schwartz added.
Thanks to every fan who made #saveodaat trend worldwide, ONE DAY AT A TIME is heading to POP TV & we couldn't be more excited! We have many more stories to tell about & we can't wait to share them with you! Thank you @sptv & @PopTV! #moreodaat https://t.co/4grfsn9RA3 pic.twitter.com/oPsvXL7DC5
— Gloria Calderón Kellett aka Glorita to my family (@everythingloria) June 27, 2019
It’s not all great news, however. According to co-showrunner Glorida Calderon Kellett, many of the show’s writers signed on with other projects after the cancellation. As such, the new season will have to a different looking writer’s room.
“We’re sad, but we’re also excited that they’re being lifted up,” said Kellett. “And Mike and I have already been reading a bunch of great writers, some really exciting people. So we’ll have some original staff and some fresh talent that we can show the ropes.”
But what about the first three seasons? Well, they will stay on Netflix for now, but with the new branding of a “Pop original.” That said, Pop will also air the reruns, as Netflix no longer has the individual syndication rights. Pop TV and CBS hope that One Day At A Time will become its new flagship show now that Schitt’s Creek is ending.
“I hope it becomes our huge flagship series that goes on for five, six, seven seasons,” said Schwartz. “That would be the dream.”