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Following a prolonged deal-making process, the streaming service has handed out a 13-episode comedy for an all-Latino remake of the iconic comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Netflix multicamera incarnation, in another twist from the original, will feature three generations living under one roof. The series is considered a reimagining of Lear’s classic and will center on a Cuban-American family. The lead is a recently divorced former military mother navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son with the “help” of her old-school Cuban-born mother (played by Rita Moreno) and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.
The initial series, which ran for nine seasons on CBS from 1975-1984, starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother who moves with her two daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli) to an apartment building in Indianapolis where the family becomes friendly with the super, Schneider (Pat Harrington). In the Netflix incarnation, the family will be Cuban-American and the role of Schneider is set to be the only white character on the series. The news comes days after Harrington passed away at the age of 86.
Lear will produce the Netflix series after serving in the same capacity on the original, which was created by husband-and-wife duo Whitney Blake and Allan Manings, who based the show on the former’s life as a single mother raising her daughter — actress Meredith Baxter. How I Met Your Mother alum Gloria Calderon-Kellett and Enlisted‘s Mike Royce are set to co-write and serve as co-showrunners. Michael Garcia will also exec produce, with Brent Miller on board as a co-exec producer. The comedy is produced by Act III Productions, Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. SPT’s TAT Communications and Embassy Television produced the original.
News of an all-Latino One Day at a Time remake first surfaced last January. Sony previously attempted a Spanish-language take on One Day at a Time with Telemundo in the 1990s. Lear has also considered putting a new spin on All in the Family as well.
Speaking to reporters at TCA in August, the prolific writer and executive producer said the updated version would also include the maternal grandmother as a central character in a bid to showcase three generations of Latino women and may shift from being centered on two daughters to a son and a daughter.
“I just love the idea because I don’t see enough of that representation on the air any place,” said Lear, whose credits include All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Sanford and Son and many others. “There isn’t enough of it and I think it’s a rich idea.”
The comedy also unites Lear with Royce after the former expressed admiration for NBC’s The Carmichael Show — where Royce serves as a writer-exec producer.
The One Day at a Time revival comes as diversity — and reboots — have been major priorities for broadcast, cable and streaming services alike. ABC has its all-black take on feature Uncle Buck in the works and Netflix has a reboot of Full House due this year, among several others. Key to their success is having the original producers attached, which Netflix has with Lear’s involvement.
For Netflix, meanwhile, One Day at a Time joins a lengthy roster of original comedies including Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Derek, Grace and Frankie, Lady Dynamite, Love, Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer, Flaked, W/ Bob and David and its Aziz Ansari entry, Master of None, among others.
Calderon-Kellett (iZombie, Devious Maids) is repped by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero; Royce (The Carmichael Show, Men of a Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond) is with UTA and Morris Yorn.
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