On Monday, co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett told TV critics and reporters that the cable version won’t have room for the one minute, two-second Gloria Estefan ditty from the Netflix seasons. Bummer.
The whole thing will just be a sing-songy version of the title, Calderón Kellett said. That was not only news to us, it was news to star Rita Moreno.
“It’s a minute, it’s 50 seconds,” Calderón Kellett said of the beloved full version, “we don’t have it.”
“What?!?” Moreno asked her boss.
“Yeah, it’s gone. That’s OK. It’s on YouTube,” Calderón Kellett said. “Gloria Estefan’s gonna be OK.”
“We’ll tell people that it’s [on YouTube], we’ll certainly still tweet about it, because I love the opening title sequence,” Calderón Kellett said. “But we don’t have that 50 seconds, we need it for the show.”
“Oh, am I surprised,” a disappointed Moreno said.
We’ll always have the internet. The theme song is memorialized there, watch it via the video above.
This season will find Penelope (Justina Machado) exploring a surprising relationship, her mother Lydia (Moreno) experiencing a religious crisis – as well as revealing the details of her surprise trip to Cuba with Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky). Plus, Schneider (Todd Grinnell) finds his relationship with Avery (India de Beaufort) growing deeper, and Elena (Isabella Gomez) begins to prepare for college while Alex (Marcel Ruiz) starts to date.
“ODAAT” is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and GloNation in association with Sony Pictures Television, with Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Calderón Kellett and Brent Miller serving as executive producers.
“Once Day at a Time” Season 4 premieres on Pop TV March 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET. “ODAAT” moves to 9 o’clock beginning April 14, after “Schitt’s Creek” takes its final bow.