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Pop TV Saves 'One Day at a Time' from the Cancelled Pile
June 29, 2019  | By Mike Hughes
 


For the TV world, this was one of the year's biggest news flashes: Pop TV is rescuing One Day at a Time. It will have 13 new episodes next year.

OK, not everyone will consider it huge. Chances are, many people weren't aware there is a Pop TV or a One Day reboot. But ponder this from several standpoints:

– TV history. Norman Lear is the producer who sparked TV's first golden age of comedy. Now he's had a one-two shot – last month, ABC's live show using All in the Family and The Jeffersons scripts and now this. In his statement, Lear said he was "heartbroken" when Netflix decided against a fourth season and is now "overwhelmed with joy."

– Diversity. This is a rare case of a Latina-centered story.  It stars Justina Machado and 87-year-old Oscar-winner Rita Moreno, with Gloria Calderón Kellett as the prime showrunner.

– Pop. In the first four years since it was transformed from the TV Guide Network, Pop has sputtered. Its one really good move was to become the U.S. home of Schitt's Creek, the clever Canadian comedy. Consider the Television Critics Association awards: Last year, One Day was nominated as best comedy series; this year, Schitt's Creek is nominated. Now Pop has both.

– And an answer to the broader question: Will anyone rescue a show from the rescuer?In its early years, Netflix was saving shows that others had foolishly cancelled – Arrested DevelopmentMystery Science TheatreMr. Show with Bob and David. It also was a place for long-ago shows to be revived – some with the original stars (Full HouseGilmore Girls) and some not (Lost in SpaceOne Day at a Time). But if Netflix then cancelled a show, all was lost. Until now. 

In his statement, Lear noted that this is the first time a cable channel had rescued a streaming show: "Thank you to Pop for having the guts to be that first cable network. Even this I get to experience – at 96."

That's a reference to his proposed gravestone inscription (and title of his 2014 memoir). But for now, there's fresh life in his career: Next year, One Day will have 13 new episodes on Pop then will rerun on CBS, which owns Pop.

Those will presumably be next summer, the same way CBS is currently airing reruns of another streaming show – the terrific The Good Fight on Sundays.

And after that? Well, we'll take it one day at a time.

 
 
 
 
 
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