Netflix cancels hit-show One Day At A Time, LGBTI fans react angrily
Syd and Elena in One Day At A Time. | Photo: Netflix
Netflix took to Twitter today (14 March) to announce it will not be renewing One Day At A Time.
In a four-part Twitter thread, they stated how hard the decision was to make.
‘We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season,’ they tweeted. ‘The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season.’
Netflix US then continued: ‘Thank you Norman Lear for bringing this series back to television. Thank you Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way.
‘To Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno: thank you for inviting us into your family. You filled this show with so much heart and warmth and love, it truly felt like home.’
They concluded: ‘And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important.
‘The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories,’ Netflix tweeted.
We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season. The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season.
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
Fans respond to the cancelation
Fans then tweeted their disappointment about the lack of renewal for One Day At A Time.
One fan wrote: ‘Try again. You absolutely just told all these people their story doesn’t matter. Check the things you renew, half of which I’ve never seen before. I just might be canceling my subscription.’
Another replied: ‘Here’s one way: Don’t cancel ODAAT.’
Then another responded: ‘It’s really hard to feel like our representation matters when the marketing for this show was heavily relied on the actors begging on Twitter and not your own marketing team.’
Co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce actually had a meeting with Netflix at the end of February to decide the fate of the show.
As a result of the meeting, Calderón Kellett tweeted: ‘They made clear that they love the show, love how it serves underrepresented audiences, love its heart and humor, but… we need more viewers.
‘They’ll decide soon,’ she added. She then urged people to watch the show, so Netflix couldn’t cancel it.
One Day At A Time
One Day At A Time was an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984.
It focussed on the story of a divorced mother raising two teenage daughters.
Netflix brought the hit-show back in 2017, but reimagined the family as Cuban-American.
Upon its release, critics and journalists praised the show for its diverse representation, as well as performances from Justina Machado and Rita Moreno.
— vanya apologist // #RenewODAAT (@karlarhee) February 21, 2019
It also features strong representation for the non-binary community.
One of the protagonists, teenager Elena (Isabella Gomez) comes out as a lesbian and starts dating Syd. They identify as non-binary and repeatedly schools audiences on how to use the correct pronouns.