Efforts to find a third home for the beloved ‘One Day at a Time’ update have failed, and One Day at a Time season 4 is the last one
Sony Pictures TV, as it did following the show’s original cancellation almost 2 years ago, worked hard to find a new home for the critically acclaimed remake of Norman Lear’s popular 1970s comedy. The endeavor, which was deemed a long shot, failed, and the film crew was notified today that the program would be canceled. Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, co-creators/exec producers/showrunners of One Day at a Time, tweeted the announcement to the series’s followers.
“It’s officially over. There will be no new @OneDayAtATime episodes,” Calderon Kellett wrote. “But there will always be 46 episodes that we got to make that live FOREVER. Thank you to this beautiful cast. Our dedicated crew. And to you, our loyal fans. We loved making this for you. Thank you for watching.”
Why did Netflix and Pop cancel “One Day at a Time”?
Pop, which broadcast the short fourth season of One Day at a Time earlier this year, decided not to buy any further episodes last month. In a complicated contract that included encore airings on sister CBS, the ViacomCBS ad-supported cable network salvaged the series from Netflix cancellation in 2019. One Day at a Time season 4, which was canceled due to the pandemic, aired on Pop and sister TV Land.
According to reports, Sony TV tried everything to keep the One Day at a Time remake featuring a Latino family alive. The studio had choices on the cast until the end of the month, so time was running short. Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Izabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno are among the cast members of One Day at a Time.
Despite winning two Emmys throughout its existence, the second for its fourth season on Pop, ‘One Day at a Time’ never had a fitting conclusion. The epidemic reduced One Day at a Time season 4 to six staged episodes. During quarantine, the program created a seventh animated episode, “The Politics Episode,” which confronted the November 3 presidential election head-on. (That episode was not shown on CBS.)
Expectation After One Day at a Time Season 4?
Calderon Kellett spoke about the creative ambitions for a possible fifth season in an interview last month, but they were never materialized.
“Obviously, we would absorb (the unproduced storylines); we have so many beautiful episodes,” she said. “There was the one that Justina was going to direct, which is another beautiful religion episode, which we would love to put into Season 5 and give her that directing debut and also a beautiful script written by Sebastian Jones and so many other really wonderful storylines that we really, really want to do, in terms of Elena figuring out where she’s going to school and really what’s going to be happening to these kids, as well as what Penelope’s love life looks like now with Max, their sort of modern relationship. 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. It’s just ripe with things that this family would be talking about.”
Calderon Kellett and executive producer Lear both hoped for future seasons of the show.
It’s officially over. There will be no new @OneDayAtATime episodes. But there will always be 46 episodes that we got to make that live FOREVER. Thank you to this beautiful cast. Our dedicated crew. And to you, our loyal fans. We loved making this for you. Thank you for watching. pic.twitter.com/sTMorHSu1w
— ♥ Gloria Calderón Kellett ♥ (@everythingloria) December 8, 2020
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) December 8, 2020