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The One Day at a Time Cast's Emotional Reactions to the Netflix Cancellation Will Break Your Heart

'Don't quit before the miracle happens'

Kelly Connolly

One Day at a Time may have been canceled at Netflix, but like Lydia Riera (Rita Moreno), no one is ready to say goodbye just yet.

The news of the beloved sitcom's cancellation, which the streaming service announced on Thursday, has prompted an outpouring of love for the show on social media, where fans are calling on other networks to save the series.

"We had the time of our lives making this show," co-showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce said in a statement, which Royce tweeted. Royce also expressed his gratitude to One Day at a Time fans and revealed that Sony, which produced the show, plans to shop the sitcom to other networks.

In a thread, Kellett echoed Royce's hope that the show could "find a home somewhere else." She also gave herself a "pep talk," writing, "We go on. We sit in the gratitude of getting to do the thing. And we keep going so that we can hopefully do it again & again. This is the gig."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who shared Kellett and Royce's statement, even suggested a potential new home for the series. "Hey @nbc...I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes...#saveODAAT," Miranda wrote. Miranda, who recently guest-starred on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was also a prominent celebrity behind the online campaign to save that sitcom, which was canceled at Fox but saved by NBC (where it has been renewed for a seventh season).

Executive producer Norman Lear, who developed the original 1970s sitcom, shared his own statement thanking the cast, showrunners, Netflix, and Sony. But he also expressed disbelief at Netflix's decision, asking, "Is there really so little room in business for love and laughter?"

The 96-year-old TV legend wrote, "At my age, I can testify that you are never too old to have your heart broken."

Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz, who appeared in One Day at a Time's Season 3 premiere alongside Nine-Nine co-star Melissa Fumero, shared an anecdote from her time on the set, when Moreno invited the pair to her dressing room. "When I was young I obsessed over Rita," Beatriz wrote. "I had her pictures on my wall as PROOF that I too could be on tv, in the movies."

Moreno joined fellow cast members Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky in expressing gratitude for the show.

"I am grieving for the terrible loss of my beloved character, Lydia," Moreno said.

"One Day at a Time had what television used pray for: great quality, great reviews, passionate fan base. Like Star Trek. Like Deadwood," Tobolowsky commented. "What I learned a while back is that there is always a closing night. Sometimes it comes too soon."

Grinnell, who said he's "keeping the faith" that the show will live on, concluded by calling back to one of his character's lines in Season 3: "Don't quit before the miracle happens."


One Day At A Time

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