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!