This is the end of the road for Netflix's reboot of One Day at a Time.
The streaming service announced on Thursday that the Norman Lear sitcom will not return for a fourth season. The news comes at the end of a passionate online campaign to renew the series, which was critically praised and much loved by its audience.
In a rare move, Netflix addressed the cancellation in a Twitter thread, writing, "We've made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season. The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season."
"Thank you, Norman Lear, for bringing this series back to television. Thank you, Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce, for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way," the thread continued, before going on to thank cast members Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky for the "warmth and love" they brought to the series.
Netflix's Twitter statement concluded, "And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don't take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."
And to anyone who felt seen or represented - possibly for the first time - by ODAAT, please don't take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
One Day at a Time has been praised as a beacon of representation on television. The serieswas led by a predominantly Latinx cast, featured a number of LGBTQ-identifying characters, and dealt frankly with heavy social issues.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos addressed the cancellation in a statement, saying, "It's been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time. I've personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart, and humanity."
On Twitter, executive producer Mike Royce spoke out about the news, expressing gratitude to One Day at a Time fans and revealing that Sony, which produced the show, had plans to shop it to another network.