I’ve learned that Six Feet Under and ER alumna Justina Machado has been cast as the lead in One Day At A Time, Netflix’s Latino family remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom. The 13-episode series, from Sony Pictures TV, co-stars Oscar winner Rita Moreno.
The multi-camera comedy, written by Gloria Calderon Kellett (How I Met Your Mother) and Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond), revolves around a Cuban-American family. It centers on Penelope (Machado), a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider. Moreno will play the grandmother. A single mom, Penelope is a former Army medical specialist, now running a doctor’s office and dreaming of medical school. In the original series, the lead role of the divorced mom was played by Bonnie Franklin.
Royce and Kellett executive produce the reimagining of the 1975 series alongside Lear, Michael Garcia and Brent Miller. Netflix had no comment.
In addition to One Day At A Time, Machado will soon be seen in USA’s upcoming drama series Queen Of The South where she is a regular for the first season. Machado is segueing to One Day At A Time after completing her obligations to the USA series. Machado’s previous comedy series experience includes a co-starring role on the NBC sitcom Welcome To The Family, which also was produced by Sony TV.
She is repped by D2 Management and APA.