Netflix won’t let CBS save LGBTI-inclusive show One Day At A Time

Syd and Elena in One Day At A Time.

Despite the campaign to save LGBTI favourite One Day At A Time, Netflix won’t allow the show to move to CBS.

The streaming giant is defending the decision to cancel the beloved reboot of the 1975-84 show of the same name.

The critically acclaimed show about ‘an American familia‘ tackled issues such as sexism, consent, racism, homophobia, and mental health.

ODAAT also boasts some positive LGBTI characters, serving underrepresented audiences such as the non-binary community.

Netflix canceled the show in March

However, according to Netflix, the show simply didn’t have enough viewers. It was canceled on 14 March.

Ever since the cancellation became official, fans and celebrities took to social media to try and save the show.

US network CBS’ streaming arm, CBS All Access, submitted an official bid for the rights to the series in April. But Netflix still owns the rights.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix Originals Vice President Cindy Holland reiterated the streaming service canceled the ODAAT due to poor viewership. Except they won’t release those viewership numbers to the public.

‘The way I look at One Day at a Time is, it’s a show that I was and am passionate about. I hope people discover the three seasons we have,’ Holland said.

‘I prefer to look at it as glass half full — we supported three seasons of a show that probably wouldn’t have made it past season one any other place, if it had been made at all,’ she further explained.

‘I’m not intending to be self-serving, I’m just trying to explain that is how we view taking the risk in the first place and trying to continue to support shows as long as we can. But at some point, we do need to look for other stories to tell that can garner bigger audiences.’

CBS can’t save One Day At A Time

Regarding whether they will let CBS’ streaming platform to acquire the show, Holland explained this won’t happen.

‘We invested in three seasons and having a home at Netflix. We negotiated for specific rights in the deal, which we paid for,’ she explained.

She furthermore added: ‘We paid for the show in its entirety, plus profit to Sony. They have the ability to sell it to broadcast and network, but we don’t think that it’s appropriate that it show up on a competitive streaming platform.’

It looks like the show won’t find another home until a network — not a streaming service — puts a bid forward.

Rita Moreno’s open letter

West Side Story legend Rita Moreno, who plays abuela Lydia on the show, penned an open letter about ODAAT.

The actress teamed up with producer Norman Lear to explain how their show is the latest victim of the much-feared but not so graspable Netflix algorithm.

‘It wasn’t that the show failed to serve underrepresented audiences or address real-life issues with heart. … We’re assured that we never once failed to advance Netflix’s stated commitment to representing diversity in its content — yet, because of the data, we’re on to ‘next,’ they wrote.

‘So we’ve learned that evidently all the details are in the data. We get it; corporations are responsible to their stockholders. And one could argue that it’s the data — what we’ve known through the years as Nielsen ratings — that inevitably drives the decision-making process. But something is missing if that is the only criterion for survival of a show, the only data point, the only litmus test. Perhaps media has gone the way of managed care — the focus no longer patient and doctor, but bottom line.’

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CBS wants to save One Day at a Time, but Netflix may not allow it

Syd and Elena in One Day At A Time.

When Netflix canceled their LGBTI-inclusive series One Day at a Time, social media immediately erupted into calls for it to be saved by another network. According to reports, CBS wants to be that network, but Netflix may not allow it.

Vulture published a report that sources confirmed CBS’ streaming arm, CBS All Access, has submitted an official bid for the rights to the series.

The main roadblack in CBS’ path is that Netflix has a deal with Sony Pictures Television, which produced One Day at a Time, which allows it to veto any of their co-productions from moving to another streaming platform for at least two years.

Netflix, however, doesn’t have to veto such a decision.

According to Vulture’s report, One Day at a Time executive producer Norman Lear personally reached out to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos to discuss this possibility.

There is no indication which way Netflix is leaning, but it must give its blessing for One Day at a Time to find a new home with CBS and continue.

This deal only applies to streaming platforms. If a network or cable channel wanted to acquire the show, they could make a deal without Netflix’s approval.

‘We must continue finding ways to tell these stories’

Numerous shows have been saved from cancellation over the years.

One of the most recent ones was Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After Fox canceled the diverse sitcome, fans were in an uproar — until NBC saved it from extinction.

Many fans are hoping the same happens for One Day at a Time.

Critics praised the series when it premiered in 2017 on Netflix for its diversity and strong performances. The show focused on a Latinx family and had LGBTI and non-binary representation. It also explored topics like consent and mental health.

When Netflix announced its cancellation, they wrote: ‘And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important.

‘The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.’

Many, however, saw its cancellation as a slight against these types of stories.

GSN has reached out to Netflix and CBS All Access for comment.

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Before One Day At A Time: 8 queer shows canceled by Netflix


Despite a campaign on social media to save the show, Netflix announced it will not be renewing One Day At A Time on 14 March.

The show about ‘an American familia’ features a lesbian character in a relationship with a non-binary person. ODAAT was not only praised for its positive representation of the LGBTI community, but also for tackling issues such as sexual consent, homophobia, and racism.

Many in the show’s loyal fanbase took to Twitter to criticize Netflix for the decision. Some pointed out that canceling similar shows conveys the message that certain narratives don’t matter.

The LGBTI series starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno isn’t the first of its kind to have been axed by the streaming giant.

Throughout the years, we had to say goodbye to several queer shows due to lack of viewers or non-sustainable production costs.

1 Sense8

Sense8 group

The popular 2015 sci-fi drama features eight characters of different sexualities and gender identities who find out they are mentally and emotionally linked.

Applauded for its diversity, the show created by trans sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski cast trans actress Jamie Clayton in the role of Nomi Marks. Alongside Clayton, several actors of different ethnic background also starred.

When Netflix abruptly canceled the series in 2017, fans protested on social media. Their Twitterstorm earned the show a two-and-a-half-hour series finale featuring the most sensuous orgy scene.

2 Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks gay comedy Netflix series

Set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon, in 1996, Everything Sucks! focuses on a bunch of annoying high school kids struggling with first love.

One of the main characters, sophomore Kate (Peyton Kennedy), develops a crush on drama club queen Emaline.

A failed, premature attempt to recreate a sense of nostalgia for the 1990s, the show got axed after just one season. Let’s face it, despite the same-sex storyline, Everything Sucks!… sucked.

3 The Get Down

'My turn'

Starring Jaden Smith, the series is set in the late 1970s and offers a portrayal of the rising hip hop and disco scene.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama also briefly explored the queer relationship between Rumi (Jaden Smith) and Thor (Noah Le Gros) without giving too much away.

After releasing 11 episodes, Netflix announced the series was concluded in 2017.

4 Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters included two gay characters in a relationship | Freeform/Disney

Boasting a very passionate fandom, supernatural drama Shadowhunters about demon-trackers feature characters identifying as gay and bisexual.

Internationally distributed by Netflix, the series got canceled in June 2018. Constantin Films, the series producer, reportedly lost its output deal with Netflix, which was funding much of the project.

Freeform announced a two-hour series finale to give the show a proper sendoff. The final episode will air in May 2019.

5 Gypsy

Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts as psychologist Jean Holloway, Gypsy wasn’t more than an average psychological thriller with a problematic title.

Jean begins infiltrating the lives of her patients when she develops an inexplicable attraction to another woman, manipulative barista/musician Sidney.

Netflix canceled the series after one season in 2017.

6 Jessica Jones

Marvel’s Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter in the titular role.

Centered on a former superhero who starts working as a private investigator, Jessica Jones received positive reviews for its raw portrayal of sexual assault and harassment and PTSD.

The series also featured powerful lesbian character Jeri Hogarth, a lawyer hiring Jessica to solve her cases. Played by Carrie-Ann Moss, Hogarth was a straight man in the original comic.

Netflix axed the show in February 2019, revealing its upcoming third season will be its last.

7 Super Drags

In Netflix's upcoming animated series Super Drags, popular RPDR queens voice the drag superheroes

Short-lived Brazilian adult animated series features three friends who also perform as drag queens.

In a Powerpuff Girls fashion, Scarlet Carmesim, Lemon Chifon, and Safira Cyan, aka The Super Drags, are responsible for protecting the LGBTI community.

Featuring the voice of drag queen Pabllo Vittar, the English version sees RPDR contestants Trixie Mattel, Ginger Minj, Willam, and Shangela lending their voices to the characters.

8 Degrassi: Next Class

The last incarnation of high school drama franchise Degrassi, Next Class has several queer characters.

Particularly, the character of Tristan Milligan (Lyle Lettau) struggles not only with his sexuality but also with his body image. Tristan eventually loses his virginity to bisexual Miles (Eric Osborne).

The show also features a female same-sex couple, Zoe and Rasha, played by Ana Golja and Dalia Yegavian respectively.

Jointly produced by Netflix, Epitome Pictures and DHX Media, Degrassi officially came to an end on 7 March 2019.

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