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FACTOIDS ABOUT ONE

DAY AT A TIME

♦ One Day at a Time was created by husband-and-wife acting and writing duo Whitney Blake and Allan Manings. Blake, actor Meredith Baxter’s mother, was best known for playing Dorothy on the 1960s Shirley Booth sitcom, Hazel . ♦ The travel agency set where Barbara and Max worked in the final season was later used as Al Bundy’s (Ed O’Neill) shoe store on Married with Children . ♦ One week after the series finale of the first version, Pat Harrington Jr. starred in a pilot called Another Man’s Shoes . Here Schneider had left Indianapolis and moved to Florida to take care of his orphaned niece (Natalie Klinger) and nephew (Corey Feldman). The pilot was not picked up. ♦ Harrington Jr., who won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1984, also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television in 1981. But he was tied with another actor for the Golden Globe victory. Who was it? A) Tom Bosley ( Happy Days ) A) Billy Crystal ( Soap ) C) Norman Fell ( Three’s Company ) D) Harry Morgan ( M*A*S*H ) E) Vic Tayback ( Alice )

Pictured left: One Day at a Time cast members Pat Harrington Jr. as Dwayne Schneider and Mackenzie Phillips as Julie Cooper. Pictured right: Shelley Fabares, Valerie Bertinelli, Boyd Gaines, Bonnie Franklin, Harrington Jr., and Glenn Scarpelli of One Day at a Time

Whitney Blake

sung the snazzy, updated theme song, and the series tackled serious issues like immigration, homophobia, gender identity, mental illness, and racism. After three seasons on Netflix, Pop TV picked up the new One Day at a Time for an abbreviated seven final episodes. While both the original and the reboot of One Day at a Time

together, which led CBS to express inter- est in a two-season renewal. But Franklin decided it was time to move on. At series end, Ann Romano Royer, now married to Mark’s father, Sam (Howard Hesseman), decided to accept a job in London. “Look at you, Mom, all grown up and married,” said Bertinelli’s tearful Barbara as the series concluded. In 2017, 33 years after its conclusion, Netflix created a reboot of the show. Lear was still onboard, but the focus this time was on a Cuban American fam- ily (Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, and Rita Moreno). Todd Grinnell played Schneider, Gloria Estefan

showcased a single woman with two children, the first pilot (titled Three to Get Ready ) featured Bonnie Franklin’s Ann raising one teen daughter and not two.

Billy Crystal

ANSWER E) Vic Tayback, who played diner owner Mel Sharples on the Linda Lavin sitcom Alice .

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