Todd Grinnell is set to co-star opposite Justina Machado and Rita Moreno in One Day at a Time, Netflix’s remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom that this time revolves around a Cuban-American family. Grinnell plays the only character from the original series to be transplanted in the reboot, the quirky building superintendent Schneider. He was played on the 1975 CBS series by Pat Harrington Jr., who won an Emmy for the role.
The 13-episode multi-camera comedy, written by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, centers on Penelope (Machado), a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenage 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 (Grinnell).
The retooled Schneider is a charming and over-privileged handyman who lives in his dad’s building rent-free in return for being the building manager. He fetishizes blue-collar work and romanticizes poverty — sincere and well meaning, but he leads a very different life than the hard-working former Army single mom Penelope.
The gig expands Grinnell’s relationship with Netflix, where he recurs on Grace & Frankie. He also will be seen in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope. Grinnell is repped by Gartner/Green, Gersh and attorney Erik Hyman at Loeb & Loeb.
Royce and Kellett executive produce the One Day at a Time reimagining alongside Lear, Michael Garcia and Brent Miller. Stephen Tobolowsky also co-stars.