“One Day at a Time” Is Saved, Will Return for Season 4 on CBS-Owned Pop TV

Pop Network, a little niche pay TV channel owned that’s by CBS, is about to become your favorite television network of all time! Why, you may ask?

Because the mighty heroes of Pop just saved our favorite sitcom family from the brink of their extinction. Pop has green-lit Season Four of One Day at a Time, ordering 13 episodes of the series with for a 2020 premiere date! You read that sentence correctly!! Get your cafecito ready, THE ALVAREZ FAMILY IS COMING BACK TO TV!

Netflix originally cancelled the series in March, citing lack of viewership (and Netflix doesn’t publicly release its audience statistics, so its always hard to tell – but the groundswell of support surrounding the series does put certain metrics into question). If you’ve been following along since its cancellation, you may also remember that while more than a few television networks expressed interest in reviving the series, previously established Netflix exclusivity deals made it a tall mountain to climb.

Well, if this was Mt. Everest, then my friends – Pop has certainly reached the gay pinnacle! While stories of streaming giants “saving” lost network or cable shows has become more commonplace in recent years, this appears to be the first time a streaming series has ever been saved by switching back cable! The way it will work is as follows: Netflix will retain the rights for the first three seasons of One Day at a Time, but going forward the series will be branded as a Pop original. The deal also includes a snazzy little provision that will allow CBS to air encore runs of ODAAT, starting with its new reboot season at Pop, later on in 2020. Last thing! Pop is also getting rights to use the earlier Netflix seasons for their promotional use.

OK! All that industry talk out of the way! WHERE IS ABUELITA WITH MY FLAG??? BECAUSE IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!!!!!

We are going to get to watch perfect Latina Lesbian Teen Dream Elena Alvarez graduate high school? Can you imagine how cute she’s going to be with Syd at Prom? I cannot freaking wait!

Seriously, I did not believe this day was going to come. When we said goodbye to One Day at a Time in the Spring, it was a heartache that was almost unbearable. This is a massive win for Latinx representation on television. It’s a win for anyone who loves good storytelling. And it’s a win for us, for anyone who’s healed even a little bit from watching this family and their amazing gay daughter and their love on TV. ¡Dalé!

Carmen is Autostraddle's Senior Editor and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 199 articles for us.

22 Comments

  1. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY AND PROBABLY OF ALL THE DAYS! No show deserved to be saved more than One Day at a Time. ODAAT is the best of its genre and transcends the format. I’m so happy that we’ll get to have the Alvarez family back for new meaningful and funny AF storytelling.

  2. BEST NEWS THIS PRIDE MONTH!!! After reading more and more articles about Netflix’s rights over the show and blah blah blah, I had basically resigned myself to the idea that ODAAT was dead. I am so happy! Now I just gotta figure out how to watch it.

  3. And for those of you who are cord-cutters, Pop is on YouTube TV, PS Vue, Hulu with Live Channels, and DirecTV Now. It’s owned by CBS so it’s generally not available on the more free services. I don’t know about CBS All Access but it seems plausible. And hurray!

  4. YES. Once the new air time is announced my phone calendar is getting a ODAAT entry so I can watch every episode. I should do this with every TV show I don’t watch on streaming services but I’ll start slow, because, uh…I’m not caught up with any of them except ODAAT now, lol.

  5. I haven’t had (or missed) Netflix since the cancellation. So excited that One Day At A Time will be back—can’t wait for the article that tells us all the ways we can watch it. ❤️

  6. SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS

    also side-eying netflix tho bc schitts creek is on pop, they stream it on netflix and this seems like a roundabout way to cancel a show and still put it back on netflix without making the monetary commitment but also know im just plain bitter about netflix

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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