If you need some good news to kick into the weekend, I’m here to bring you with RIta Moreno’s most recent post. She posted on her Instagram yesterday: #SAVEODAAT is old news … #moreidaat is more like it!!” and if that’s not good news, then I don’t know what is. This comes after a long and strenuous road after Netflix’s decision not to renew One Day at a Time. ODAAT is a sitcom that gave the Latinx community a sense of identity in the media and allowed others to peak a bit on what this community is about. It was brilliant and they wanted to take it way? However, I know mi gente. The Latinx community wasn’t going to allow this to happen without a fight. Our resilience has followed us through centuries. We were determined to bounce back — and WE DID.
Before obtaining such a great win, there was a moment of rage and devastation. On March 14 of this year a lot of hearts were broken when Netflix decided not to renew One Day at a Time. I was one of those heartbroken people. ODAAT had quickly become one of those sitcoms that would educate and entertain at the same time. They’ve never been shy about touching on today’s difficult subjects, like teaching others how to use inclusive language or how to deal with a child coming out. And can we also talk about Lydia’s reaction despite her religious nature? I don’t know about you, but I ugly cried. These are subjects that are today’s realities, but oftentimes don’t get a lot of visibility. That’s where ODAAT came in. Everyone was starting to feel represented and it felt great. And feeling represented matters, especially when there’s so little of it. For instance, the Latinx community is only seen 5-6 percent in TV and less than 3 percent in leading movie roles. That’s upsetting considering the fact that the Latinx community make for over 18 percent of the population in the United States.
Thankfully, PopTV came to save the day.
After numerous #SaveODAAT messages went viral, we finally prevailed. PopTV came in just when we needed them the most and decided to renew ODAAT! PopTV, or Pop as it’s commonly referred to, is a television network owned by CBS company. They have stated that the fourth season will have 13 episodes, so that’s good for an entire binge-watching weekend! The first three seasons will remain with Netflix, but that’s okay. Season 4 and any other future season will now be a PopTV original. You’ll also be able to access PopTV from virtually anywhere.
Lesson: our community and cultural teamwork worked, just as we had hoped. So, kudos to us. This is a great example of how far persistence and determination can take anyone. Reminds me of a Helen Keller quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”