Norman Lear Reviving ‘One Day at a Time’ with Cuban-American Spin at Netflix, Rita Moreno to Co-Star

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Netflix has nabbed the “One Day at a Time” reboot from exec producer Norman LearVariety has learned. Rita Moreno is the first star to be cast.

Before landing at the streaming giant, the revival of the 1970’s-’80s family sitcom had been in the works for quite some time, and Lear has spoken about developing the project over the past year.

Described as a reimagining of the classic, the modernized multi-camera comedy will center around a Cuban-American family. The heroine is a recently separated, former military mom navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenage daughter and socially adept tween son with the help of her old-school Cuban-born mom (played by Moreno) and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.

“Men of a Certain Age” co-creator and “Everybody Loves Raymond alum Mike Royce will co-write the series with “How I Met Your Mother” and “Devious Maids” writer/producer Gloria Calderon Kellett. The scribes will also serve as exec producers with Lear and Michael Garcia (“Devious Maids”). Brent Miller will serve as a co-exec producer.

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” which landed a 13-episode order, hails from Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions, Small Fish Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

Last summer at the Television Critics Association press tour, Lear talked about his desire to remake his show with a diverse family. “I just love the idea because I don’t see enough of that representation on the air in any place I don’t mean to say it doesn’t exist — I don’t see it any place. There isn’t enough of it, and I think it’s a rich idea,” Lear said of Latino families on TV.

At that same event last year, Lear also teased the new version of “One Day at a Time” would feature a son and a daughter — rather than two daughters, who in the original were played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli — and a grandmother. “I want her to have a mother so there are three generations of Latino women,” he said of the new matriarch.

Moreno, who will be playing the grandmother, was first reported by Deadline.

For Netflix, “One Day at a Time” marks the latest series remake, following the “Full House” follow-up “Fuller House,” which premieres next month.

Just last week, original “One Day” cast member Pat Harrington Jr. died at the age of 86.

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  1. Althea Baca says:

    Thank you, Norman Lear for giving Latinos something other than being drug dealers, prostitutes, maids, inmates. We are families with values, religion, family issues, employment, education, being accepted. It is time to show we are not what others have portrayed us as. Thank you.

  2. Gene says:

    I can picture this new ODAAT show with a modern take, but should include additional characters with situations Millenials can relate. Maybe the grandmother (Moreno) has two daughters; the recently separated or divorced one, and a younger one in her early thirties who has never been married, is paying college student loans, works different jobs until she can land a real one in her field, attends Yoga classes, is a vegetarian, insists on eating health foods only, and has bad luck with boyfriends. This daughter is the cool, free spirit, but caring aunt of the teens in the family who are dealing with the parents divorce. The “tía” helps the grandma teach the young girls to appreciate their latin culture, like dancing, speaking Spanish, and other cultural activities.

  3. 85wzen says:

    Boy I sure don’t see why… old boomers have a hard time letting go is how I look at this… kick them off I say! I’ve seen these old coots forever… there surely isn’t anything new to any of them! :)

  4. cadavra says:

    CRISTELA had three generations of Latino women, but it didn’t seem to help. Nonetheless, I wish this new project all the best.

    • Susan says:

      Cristela needed better writers, writers with a vision. But I thought she was funny, and if she had a new show with better writers, I’d watch it. This remake of One Day at a Time, not so much. Besides being a stale retread, it would remind me too much of Cruz and Rubio. No thanks!

    • Barry says:

      Sounds like a super lazy idea. Who thinks this junk up? How about Different Strokes with a black family and two white adopted kids? How about Fantasy Island with a 7 foot Tattoo, and a super short Mr. Roarke (that sound kind of good)?

      • Dunstan says:

        Barry, it may be lazy but studios and production companies love projects with built-in awareness. And ODAAT as it was known back in the day is currently in reruns in many places.

        Remaking the show with a more diverse cast wouldn’t be happening if it didn’t make financial sense to Netflix.

        ODAAT was never a first-class sitcom on the order of “All In The Family” or “Maude,” its Tandem/TAT stablemates. The original showrunners were below average writers and schlockmeisters of the first order; they couldn’t have been more whitebread if they’d been in a bag of Wonder Bread. And the AP on the show was an unholy terror. The fact that she’s still working elsewhere is astounding. She regularly made production staffers’ lives miserable on a daily basis.

        I’m guessing the new writers will breathe life into a show that, while a hit, never had much life in the first place.

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