if only netflix had promoted one day at a time the same way they are promoting amy schumer’s special.
How The Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ Can Be Saved
Netflix announced via Twitter that they would not be renewing the 2017’s One Day at a Time for a fourth season last week. The show deals with many contemporary issues in America including following the story of lesbian teenage and main character Elena, whose character and story has been praised by LGBTQ audiences.
Following the announcement fan outcry for a Brooklyn 99 style revival, another platform or network picking up the show, was swift and loud. #SaveODAAT reached the top of the trending list on Twitter and even co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett got in the action in numerous tweets.
The production company, Sony Pictures TV, quickly began to reach out to networks hoping for the series to be picked up. It looked like the show may have had a ray of hope when, supposedly, CBS Corp made an inquiry about giving One Day at Time a home on their streaming platform, CBS All Access.
However, the transfer of One Day at a Time to a new network is not an easy thing. Like most Netflix series from outside studios, the show is put under a contract that prevents them from being aired on other digital streaming platforms for a few years after cancellation. This means that other services such as Hulu of CBS All Access, the latter of which reportedly inquired about acquiring the show, would not be able to create and air new episodes for a long time. Having to wait this long to create more episodes would almost certainly spell death for the series, as holding fan attention and a creative team together for two or three years is essentially impossible, people must work after all.
Fortunately, there are two lifelines which the show and its fan can hold onto. Netflix could always grant a release for the show to escape the waiting period. Give the series’ positive reception and the potential good PR that this move would create for Netflix it is not out of the question. However, the more plausible option is One Day at a Time being picked up by a traditional broadcast network. While the contract prevents the show from airing on a rival digital platform for years the period before new episodes could theoretically start airing on broadcast television is supposedly only a few months, in time for a release next broadcast season.
These may seem like slim chances, but one never knows. Hopefully, the fun and touching series can find a place to call home and continue creating incredible stories. If you have not seen One Day at a Time, it is very much worth a watch. All three seasons of the show can be streamed on Netflix.
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