“One Day At A Time,” a show that received both critical acclaim and strong love from fans, will not return for a fifth season.
The series, which was a reboot of the 1970s Norman Lear sitcom of the same name, followed a Cuban-American family composed of wacky characters, including a single mother and nurse (Justina Machado), her queer daughter (Isabella Gomez), her daughter’s nonbinary partner, and a quirky matriarch (Rita Moreno). “One Day At A Time” ran for four seasons, airing 46 episodes.
This isn’t the first time the series found itself on the chopping block. After the third season, Netflix canceled the series. However, the announcement wasn’t received well by fans, who launched a campaign in 2019 to save the series from ending. After that, the show was picked up for a fourth season by Pop TV, the network that most famously housed “Schitt’s Creek” for six seasons.
While some fans hoped that another network may consider saving the show after its cancellation on Pop TV, co-showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce told fans on Twitter that it wasn’t going to happen.
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) December 8, 2020
Unfortunately this time around, Sony Pictures, who produced “One Day At A Time,” was unable to find a third network to move the show to. The news comes a few weeks after Viacom, the parent company of Pop TV, decided not to pick up the show for a fifth season. Reruns of “One Day At A Time” were placed on CBS, but low broadcast ratings meant it wouldn’t be considered for a move to that channel.
It’s a devastating blow for fans of the series that gave representation to a number of marginalized groups: the LGBTQ+ community, single mothers, Cuban-Americans, and more. Last month, showrunner Calderon Kellett told Deadline that they had tons of plans left for the “One Day At A Time” family.
“We have so much more to tell, and especially with everything that’s going on in this world, every day, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, Elena would say this. Elena would say that. Elena would say this,'” she told Deadline. “It’s just ripe with things that this family would be talking about.”