Thursday, June 27, 2019

'One Day at a Time' Rescued by Pop for Season 4

Three months after being cancelled at Netflix, Pop has today come to the rescue of the original comedy series One Day at a Time by ordering a fourth season. The cable network has picked up 13 new episodes to air in 2020, which will also be broadcast on CBS later in the year.

The comedy stars Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky and Rita Moreno.

Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce developed the comedy. They executive produce with Norman Lear, Michael Garcia and Brent Miller. Sony Pictures Television, Act III Productions, Snowpants Productions and Glo Nation produce.

"How amazing it is to be involved with this brilliant and culturally significant series that deals with important themes one minute while making you laugh the next," said Brad Schwartz, President, Pop TV. "If Schitt's Creek has taught us anything, it's that love and kindness always wins. Pop is now the home to two of the most critically praised and fan-adored comedies in all of television, bringing even more premium content to basic cable. We couldn't be more proud to continue telling heartwarming stories of love, inclusion, acceptance and diversity that pull on your emotions while putting a smile on your face."

"Three months ago, I was heartbroken with the news of our beloved One Day at a Time's cancellation," added Lear. "Today, I'm overwhelmed with joy to know the Alvarez family will live on. Thank you to my producing partner, Brent Miller, our incredibly talented co-showrunners, Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellett, and of course, Sony, for never once giving up on the show, our actors or the possibility that a cable network could finally save a cancelled series that originated on a streaming service. And one last thank you to, Pop, for having the guts to be that first cable network. Even this I get to experience - at 96."

"We are so honored to be associated with this exceptional series," said Jeff Frost, President, Sony Pictures Television. "It means so much to so many people. We were never willing to accept that the story of the Alvarez family might not continue and we undertook every effort to ensure that did not occur. We are so grateful to our new partners at Pop and CBS for believing in this series and working with us to bring it back. We are overjoyed to continue to work with the brilliant team of Gloria, Mike, Norman and Brent as well as this brilliantly talented cast."

The pickup today marks the first time a series that originated on a streaming series has been picked up by a broadcast or cable outlet following its cancellation. Usually, it goes the other way around with Netflix rescuing some beloved cancelled shows that started elsewhere. However, Netflix will maintain streaming rights for the first three seasons. That complicated the talks to move the show to another outlet because it couldn't go to a competing streaming service. But Sony is also looking to sell off international and syndication rights to the series for its upcoming fourth season.