‘One Day at a Time’ Gets an Emmy Win and a New Life on a New Network

Netflix might not have seen the value in One Day at a Time, but the Television Academy did. The streaming content provider announced the cancellation of the re-imagined series back in March, but its third season remained eligible for The Emmy Awards. Shortly after announcing the show would return on a different network, it took home its very first Emmy. The win at The Creative Arts Emmy Awards feels a bit like vindication for the series that will relaunch on Pop TV, a channel owned by CBS.

What did One Day at a Time win an Emmy for?

Netflix may have booted One Day at a Time, but that doesn’t mean the show wasn’t a worthy contribution to television. The series took home its first Emmy Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 15. The show won the award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series.

One Day at a Time has been nominated in previous years, as well. The cast of the show, however, has been snubbed by the academy. The show was nominated in 2017 and 2018. Both years, the series was nominated in the Oustanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series category. The cast, however, has been nominated for their work at a plethora of other awards shows.

Pop TV wasn’t the only channel interested in bringing One Day at a Time back

Pop TV won the rights to One Day at a Time, but it wasn’t the only television network interested in grabbing the canceled series. According to Variety, CBS All Access had an interest in bringing the original content to their streaming platform, but Netflix wouldn’t go for it. According to Pop TV president, Brad Schwartz, Netflix has contractual obligations attached to all of its canceled originals. One clause prevents canceled shows from moving to another streaming platform. Because of the provision, CBS All Access was off the table, but the niche television channel was not.

Schwartz was apparently excited by the concept because the series checks off many of the same boxes as the network’s critically-acclaimed series, Schitt’s Creek.  Funnily enough, Schitt’s Creek is credited with putting the niche network on the map. 2019 is also the first year that the acclaimed series has been nominated for an Emmy.

Schitt’s Creek will be competing at the 71st Emmy Awards in the categories of Oustanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. A TV Line poll found that fans believe Catherine O’Hara should take home the prize for Oustanding Lead Actress for her role in Schitt’s Creek, but she’ll be going up against two previous winners. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is nominated, yet again, for her role in Veep. Last year’s winner, Rachel Brosnahan, has also been nominated in the category.

When will the new season air?

Pop TV announced the revival of One Day at a Time relatively recently, but that doesn’t mean fans are going to need to wait long for Season 4 to be released. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will debut with 13 episodes early in 2020. CBS will also receive the episodes for broadcast at a later date.

'One Day at a Time' cast members
‘One Day at a Time’ cast members Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano Royer, Pat Harrington, Jr. as Schneider and Richard Masur as David Kane. | Photo by CBS via Getty Images

CBS has a history with the series. The network was involved in the original series nearly 40 years ago. The 1970s version of One Day at a Time ran from 1975 through 1984 and followed the life of Ann Romano and her children. The original series won a Primetime Emmy Award in the Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category during for its final season. It was part of the network’s acclaimed Sunday-night lineup. The lineup included shows like The Jeffersons.