In case there was any doubt, the love for comedy series One Day at a Time remains alive and well, despite its recent cancellation by Netflix. Fans of the show were vocal and enthusiastic over the past weekend in Las Vegas at ClexaCon 2019. ClexaCon was held April 12-14 and is a convention that celebrates LGBTQ women and characters in TV, film, web series, comics, books and more. Series stars Isabella Gomez and Sheridan Pierce, who play fan-favorite couple Elena and Syd, were joined on stage for a panel by ODAAT executive producer Brent Miller.
Since it was canceled by Netflix, ODAAT producer Sony Pictures Television, along with co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, have actively been looking for ways to keep the show alive. There seemed to be a savior at the ready with CBS All Access, but due to clauses in its Netflix deal, it looks like that’s not going to be the case.
Miller explained what happened with the CBS All Access deal during the cast panel at ClexaCon. “Unfortunately, due to some negotiations made early on we are not able to go to a streaming network, that’s considered competing. Back then it was only Amazon, Hulu and Netflix so those negotiating didn’t realize that there would probably be a CBS All Access that would come forward, very aggressively, as soon as they found out we were cancelled and wanted us to go for a Season 4. Unfortunately, due to that contract, we are not able to take that offer.”
Many fans present at the panel, and even Gomez herself, got a bit excited when Miller had star Rita Moreno call in live to the panel. Gomez thought she may be delivering the good news everyone had been waiting to hear, but when that didn’t turn out to be the case, she lovingly teased Miller about what he had just done. “That was so rude,” Gomez joked. “Brent, you can’t do that because we all thought we were about to get picked up. I literally was about to start sobbing so thanks for the heads up, Brent!”
Once Gomez stopped ribbing him, Miller made sure to add on that there’s still many reasons for ODAAT fans to remain hopeful. “We are not dead yet. At all. We’re not picked up right now, but there are some serious conversations taking place,” he explained. He also added that he had a call that day actually “to talk with our team at Sony and there are some significant interest from some of the linear networks.” The fact that “there are more than one interested networks that are eager to give us a home” led Miller to tell the crowd the he feels “optimistic. I feel very optimistic.”
Trusting that the One Day at a Time producers and writers have things under control in securing a new deal, Gomez and Pierce were asked to look ahead to Season 4 and what they’d like to see from their characters. “I want to see Elena in the dang debate club that they talked about once in Season 1,” said Gomez. She went on to jokingly call out Calderón Kellett saying that Elena is “the captain and then we never talked about it again. Put me in a debate team, Glo!” As for Pierce, well “we’ve had some mentions of Syd’s family and they sound bonkers. I really need to see what that is.”
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