Netflix’s original family comedy One Day at a Time has been cancelled after its recent third season. The sitcom following an Cuban-American family led by actress Justina Machado failed to gain enough viewers according to Netflix, despite the entire series receiving rave reviews by critics. Netflix officially announced the show’s cancellation on Thursday, 14th March, after weeks of speculation regarding the show’s fate.
In a series of tweets Netflix US stated that it had been a difficult decision for them to cancel the comedy. After weeks of deliberation Netflix claim they were unable to award the show with a fourth season due to low ratings. They go on to thank the showrunners, writing team and main cast in their following tweets.
This follows a slew of cancellations in recent years of diverse originals by Netflix. From The Get Down, to Gypsy to Sense8 many popular shows with diverse stories and casts have received the chop from Netflix. Whilst the streaming service claim in their tweets regarding One Day at a Time’s cancellation that diverse stories and representation are important, many on social media are unconvinced.
The comedy has received outpourings of praise for its honest and positive depictions of Latino families, the LGBT+ community and single mothers. Many fans, including some celebrities, have taken to social media such as Twitter to show their support for the show.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda curated and retweeted a series of tweets in support of the show. One was even directed at the NBC network to renew it, after they recently picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine after its cancellation on its original network Fox.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2019
They canceled @OneDayAtATime Noooo! Say it isn’t so! That was one of my favorite shows! If you haven’t seen it go back and watch friends. It’s funny and full of heart! I pray it gets picked up by another network or comes back to Netflix. https://t.co/PHP82Z7pBj
— Karamo Brown (@Karamo) March 14, 2019
Other celebrity responses include the likes of Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, who encouraged his followers to approach the show. Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz, also expressed their discontent at the news. Both guest-starred as members of the extended Alvarez family in the season three premiere ‘The Funeral’. Whilst the fandom has taken to using the hashtag #saveODAAT the fate of this sitcom remains unknown as of yet.
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