3:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'One Day at a Time': Efforts to Find Third Home for Beloved Comedy Fail
Efforts to find a third home for the beloved One Day at a Time update have come to an end and there will be no fifth season of the former Netflix and Pop comedy, co-showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce announced Tuesday. Producers Sony Pictures Television also confirmed that efforts to find a third network for the series failed. Sources note that Amazon's IMDb and Spectrum Originals at least kicked the tires on the show starring Rita Moreno and Justina Machado.
"It's officially over. There will be no new One Day at a Time episodes," Calderón Kellett wrote. "But there will always be 46 episodes that we got to make that live forever." Added Royce: "I wish we could say otherwise, but sadly, ODAAT's time has come to an end." (Read their emotional statements in full, below.)
The news comes a few weeks after ViacomCBS, parent company of Pop, opted out of picking up the show for a fifth season. CBS had been home to repeats of the series after Pop revived the comedy for a fourth season. With Pop out of the scripted space and One Day at a Time failing to draw an audience on the broadcast network, the conglomerate decided against bringing the show back for another season on any of its platforms.
Sony and ViacomCBS had been in talks to renew the comedy for a fifth season on streamer CBS All Access. That deal was stymied by contractual limitations that were part of the show's original Netflix deal, which constrained when another streaming platform could run the series. Netflix would have had to sign off on a rival streamer reviving the series.
The goal, per sources, would have been for CBS All Access to air a fifth season in 2021. That would have been a year earlier than Netflix's pact for the series allowed. CBS All Access initially wanted to revive One Day at a Time for a fourth season but was unable to come to terms given the Netflix limitations. It then landed at Pop and, following a first-of-its-kind deal, became the first Netflix-canceled original series to land at a new home. (Since then, animated comedy Tuca and Bertie — canceled a year ago at Netflix — was revived for a second season at WarnerMedia-owned Adult Swim.) Netflix would have had to sign off on One Day at a Time's accelerated move to a rival streamer.
Sony has a history of finding new homes for canceled originals and, up until recently, believed in the series as sources close to the show were optimistic that a new deal could have been worked out. One obstacle that likely proved to be too much of an obstacle was the show's ownership, as many media companies are buying exclusively from their in-house studios rather than paying steep licensing fees for content form third-party suppliers. Sony, it's worth noting, is an indie studio that does not have broad streaming service of its own or any sort of linear platform.
One Day at a Time had its revived fourth season cut short by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Production on season four — which was shut down after completing only six of its 13 episodes — never resumed. In a bid to bring at least some closure to the season, Pop and Sony commissioned an animated special that aired in June and serves as the last episode of the series. ViacomCBS-owned niche cable network Pop revived the series for its fourth season, but following the end of Schitt's Creek and the decision to drop all of its remaining originals, Pop is now officially out of the scripted business.
One Day at a Time aired its final live-action episode April 28 on Pop. That episode, the sixth of its 13-episode order, was among two that were filmed without its traditional live studio audience before the novel coronavirus forced a near industrywide production shutdown. The One Day at a Time animated special, which aired June 16 following a season four marathon, was the last installment of the series to air on Pop. The comedy had been simulcast on ViacomCBS-owned Pop and TV Land (and Logo). The series launched its fourth season to 607,000 total same-day viewers, with 457,000 on TV Land (which is in about 15 million more homes than Pop).
It's officially over. There will be no new @OneDayAtATime episodes. But there will always be 46 episodes that we got to make that live FOREVER. Thank you to this beautiful cast. Our dedicated crew. And to you, our loyal fans. We loved making this for you. Thank you for watching. pic.twitter.com/sTMorHSu1w
— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) December 8, 2020