For the first time in history, a cable network channel has picked up a show from a streaming service with Pop TV’s purchase of former Netflix show, One Day At A Time. The show, which follows a Latinx family and stars Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, was cancelled in May to the dismay of fans everywhere. Supporters even created a #SaveODAAT online in a bid to get the show picked up elsewhere and they clearly succeeded.
Prior to going to Pop TV, CBS All Access was speculated to have been a top contender for the show, however, it seems Sony Pictures, the shows production studio, was bound in a contractual clause with Netflix that blocked the studio from selling One Day At A Time to another streaming service for several years.
Netflix has been a known champion for saviors for pithy TV shows that end up getting cancelled by cable networks. For example, Designated Survivor, Lucifer, and Arrested Development were all picked up by Netflix after being cancelled from ABC and Fox respectively.
While the first three seasons of One Day At A Time will stay on Netflix, the series will be branded as a Pop original when it premieres. The deal also includes a provision that will allow Pop’s corporate cousin, CBS, to air an encore run of One Day At A Time season four later in 2020, once that season ends on Pop. Pop TV is also getting linear rights to the show’s first three seasons, giving it the chance to use those earlier seasons as a promotional tool to market season four.