This is not the first time “One Day At a Time” has been cancelled. Almost two years ago, the producers tried hard to find a new home network for the reimagining of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom.
Although, the effort was considered to be a long shot then wasn’t too successful. The cast and crew have just been told that the show has come to an end.
“One Day At a Time” co-creator/executive producer/showrunners Gloria Calderon-Kellett and Mike Royce shared the news about the show’s second cancellation to their fans on Twitter.
“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.”
Pop, the Viacom-CBS ad-supported cable network which also served as the show’s second home opted not to order any more episodes. “One Day At a Time” Season 4 has been cut short by the pandemic which unfortunately, led to the show’s end.
According to Sony TV, they have tried every solution they could think of and exhausted every avenue just to keep the show alive. They were running out of time and the studio gave the cast options.
“One Day At a Time” cast members such as Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Izabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky and Rita Moreno.
During the show’s run, “One Day At a Time” won two Emmys. The pandemic cut the show’s fourth season down to six episodes cut. The show produced an additional seventh animated episode during quarantine, “The Politics Episode,” which tackled the November 3 presidential election head-on. (CBS did not air that episode.)
In an interview Calderon-Kellet shared that the creative plans for the show’s potential fifth season will never be realized.
“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.”
“This family, we have so much for them to go through still,” Calderon Kellett said.