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A little shade from a ‘Roseanne’ rival

Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno, and Marcel Ruiz.
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Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno, and Marcel Ruiz.

The clash over the cancelation of “Roseanne” continues, a debate spiral that ultimately has little to do with Roseanne Barr and “Roseanne,” and more to do with partisan politics.

I don’t want to belabor the topic, but I did find this little opportunistic burn amusing. When “Roseanne” was axed by ABC, Netflix saw it as a chance to promote one of its shows. The tweet read, “Reminder: @OneDayAtATime is a sitcom about a tight-knit, working class family that tackles extremely topical social issues in a smart and innovative way. Ya know, if you’re suddenly looking for a show like that . . .”

Indeed, “One Day at a Time,” which is set in a Cuban-American household led by Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, is comparable to “Roseanne,” and not just because they both returned to TV after long absences. “One Day at a Time,” also set in a three-generation home, deals with many of the same economic, social, and family issues as “Roseanne,” and it’s also a multi-camera sitcom with audience laughter.


It’s a fairly enjoyable show, too, if not particularly fresh. And, of course, none of its stars spend their down time posting racist tweets — yet, at least.

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