“One Day at a Time” ran out of time.
The heartwarming family comedy, a reboot of the Norman Lear series, has been canceled at Netflix after three seasons, the streaming service announced Thursday.
“It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on ‘One Day at a Time.’ I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart and humanity,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a rare statement.
“This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover ‘One Day at a Time,’ I believe the series will stand the test of time.”
Despite Sarandos’ claims that not enough viewers watched the series, Netflix has never released viewership statistics on “One Day at a Time” and a spokesperson for the streaming service did not immediately return a request for comment.
Mike Royce and co-executive producer Gloria Calderon Kellett are working with Sony to find a new home for the series.
“While our hearts are very heavy, they are also bursting with appreciation for this amazing experience,” they said in a statement.
“And for all of you. All of you who told us how much ‘One Day at a Time’ means to you. We’ve worked on many shows, but never have we experienced the outpouring of love, connection, and support like we have with ODAAT…Our three seasons will always exist and be there for you and for us. In the meantime, we want to thank everybody who watched. We love you. Familia Para Siempre.”
The family sitcom, starring Machado, Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell and Stephen Tobolowsky, was Netflix’s first Latinx-themed series on Netflix, followed this year by “Mr. Iglesias,” “Gentefied” and “Selena.”
“Yes it was a Latinx family but it was a universal story about family and love,” Machado, who starred as matriarch Penelope Alvarez, tweeted.
Over three seasons, the show took on immigration, drug addiction, sexuality, depression and PTSD, mixed in with genuine humor and heart.
Gomez, who played daughter Elena, said her “heart is breaking” but promised that their fight isn’t over yet.
“I still can’t help but thank Netflix for giving the Alvarez family a home for 3 years and for changing my life,” she tweeted. “And to the fans: familia para siempre. I got you.”
In a move immediately reminiscent of the online effort to save “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — which was ultimately successful — #SAVEODAAT began trending online.
??????”Hey @nbc…I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of the major voices behind the campaign to save “B99,” tweeted.
?????”They keep canceling stories with important messages while they keep on doing more seasons for movies and series who don’t connect with the viewers,” wrote another fan. “So many people has a special love for this show, this needs to be saved.”