One Day at a Time has been acquired by CBS-owned Pop TV. Now, the show will have to adjust to shorter running time in the ad-supported cable according to producers of the show.
The series following the antics of a Cuban-American family was canceled at Netflix citing that there weren’t enough viewers for the show. Pop TV picked up the series after the hashtag #SaveODAAT went viral.
“It’s the first series to go from Netflix to a linear network,” executive producer Brent Miller. Miller quipped that reduced running time isn’t as exciting for the showrunner than the show’s writers.
“I call it a family reunion, because I am thinking of my nieces and nephews (who are) so excited that we were rescued on this linear network, and they are excited to be part of the family again,” he said. “Norman Lear started his career on CBS, and we’re back on CBS, so it’s a very full-circle moment.” the producer added.
EP/co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett expressed her happiness that Pop TV gave the show a chance at a second life. She claims that Pop TV might be able to reach a broader audience than Netflix because “not everyone can afford Netflix.”
As for what’s to come in the upcoming 4th season she says, “It’s obvious that 2020 is an election year, and this is a LatinX family in America…we have tried on the show to have hard conversations that families have to have, especially LatinX families. We are still going to continue to have those conversations.”
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.