The news was met with disappointment by the legions of admirers of the show, in particular its Latin fans who were treated for a rare reflection of their families and their lives on television. Created by Mike Royce and J ane the Virgin by Gloria Calderon Kellett, One Day at a Time tells the story of the professional nurse Penelope (Justina Machado), a single mother of two children, the volunteer, feminist Elena (Isabella Gomez) and stubborn tween Alex (Marcel Ruiz). Penelope receives a lot of help, sometimes unwanted, from her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno) and from nearby Schneider (Todd Grinnell) upstairs. The show did not hesitate from difficult topics such as illegal immigration, homosexuality, drugs or poverty.
The cancellation comes when Netflix seems to be more engaged than it was in the past. It is not clear whether this is to pave the way for more new material; the streaming service is also releasing more new original shows than ever. Netflix is not tied to ratings in the same way that television networks are, which has allowed the streaming service to take more risks in its original content. Shows like Russian Doll Orange is the New Black and One Day at a Time may not attract the masses, but they still attract cult followers and generate buzz. It is difficult to imagine today many networks running a show with an autistic protagonist ( Atypical ), a television reboot of a Spike Lee drama ( She & # 39; s Gotta Have It ) or a variety of the Sunday talk show led by a Muslim-American comedian ( The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj ).
This varied and varied programming is usually reserved for Netflix, if not for other streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon, or for a premium channel such as HBO. These recent cancellations do not necessarily mean that Netflix does not continue to be a home for niche shows ̵
I grew up thinking that no one else was like me, thinking that there were no other gay Latinas like me. The first time I saw ODAAT and I saw myself represented on the screen in such an authentic way, I cried. This show is helping thousands of lost girls like the one I was. #saveodaat pic.twitter.com/e8NerJS800
– Sol 🌞🌈 #SAVEODAAT (@queerstewart) 14 March 2019
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– Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear ) March 14, 2019