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It’s been a long road for “One Day at a Time,” a remake of the Norman Lear sitcom from the 1970s focused on the Alvarez clan, a Cuban-American family living in Echo Park in Los Angeles. Despite three successful seasons that involved guest stars like Gloria Estefan and a rabid fanbase on social media, the series struggled to rise above the glut of Netflix programming, even having to self-finance their own Emmy campaign for leading lady Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez.
To hear the cast of “One Day at a Time” talk about the cancellation of their show by Netflix is akin to hearing someone talk about the loss of their home. “It was like blank, white space and I was in total shock,” said Todd Grinnell, who plays the affably “woke” landlord/friend of the Alvarez clan, Schneider. But the heartbreak, from both cast, crew, and fans on social media had a positive side. The executives at Sony Television were also sad at the show’s demise and “they were heartbroken too..which turned out to be our salvation,” according to long-time veteran actor Stephen Tobolowsky.
From cancellation to resurrection the cast waited for over a year, in the hopes that the series would be able to get out of its contract and find a new home. “Every day I woke up going ‘not gonna let the doubt creep in,'” Grinnell said. But as time went on the actor started to get emotional, thinking the writing was on the wall: “I got a little teary because I started to think I’m never going to sit in the living room with that family again.” What changed the situation, though, was the passion from the cast and crew, the team at Sony and, most importantly, the fans. “The fans got on Twitter and were so passionate,” said Grinnell, noting the show’s viewers started a #SaveOneDayAtATime hashtag that went viral and helped Sony in their discussions with Pop TV.
And while Netflix let the series go, creators Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce hold no ill will. “We loved being at Netflix,” Calderon Kellett said. “It’s just that they have a lot of content. So we understand that this is a business and they have to give priority to what they deem worthy of giving priority to.”
With Pop TV, the creators believe the series can finally become the hit it was always meant to be. Having described it often enough, when asked about the need for “One Day at a Time” on television screens, Calderon Kellett drops the statistics: Latinos make up 18 percent to 20 percent of the country yet amount for just 3% of the characters on-screen, and with an election coming up it’s pertinent to see a family bestowing kindness and love, while also showcasing people of color on the poster.
This season of “One Day at a Time” promises to hit on some hard truths...
High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020....