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'One Day at a Time': Meet Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez and rest of the cast of CBS' hit sitcom

Series showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett took to Twitter to share the news about the rerun of 'One Day at a Time' Season 4 on CBS

'One Day at a Time' Season 4 is heading to CBS this fall. The series showrunner, Gloria Calderón, Kellett took to Twitter to share the news about the rerun of 'One Day at a Time' Season 4 on CBS. In her post, she told fans that for the renewal of the show for Season 5 and to avoid cancellation, the show needs to be watched. "The little show that could keeps going, y'all! They will air 6 eps of season 4! To get a season 5 we need y'all to watch!" she wrote in a tweet.


The undeniably hilarious and entertaining sitcom is unfortunately among those television shows that are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. With their future in jeopardy, the show only stands a chance at renewal if the rerun generates a substantial viewership at the channel that like Pop TV is also owned by ViacomCBS. 'One Day at a Time' dwells into the dynamics of the Alvarez family and their ups and downs in a heartwarming sitcom that has had a loyal audience. Before the show airs on CBS for its rerun, meet the cast.

Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez

Justina Machado attends the 23rd Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Machado plays the role of the newly-single war veteran protagonist who is raising her two children with the help of her mother. The actress is also a producer on the show and has directed one episode in the season. Machado was most recently seen in Netflix's 'Sorta Like a Rockstar'. She is also known for her work in 'Jane the Virgin', 'Six Feet Under' and 'Queen of the South'. Apart from that, Machado is also known for her performances in 'The Purge: Anarchy', 'The Accidental Husband' opposite Uma Thurman, Bernard Tevenier's 'In the Electric Mist' opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and the independent film 'Pedro' which debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera

Rita Moreno attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

If there is someone on the cast of 'One Day at a Time' that doesn't require an introduction, it is EGOT winner (an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy) Rita Moreno. The Broadway and Hollywood legend plays the role of the matriarch of the Alvarez family - Penelope's mother and the god-fearing grandmother to her two children Elena and Alex.

Moreno is known for her supporting roles in the musical films 'Singin' in the Rain', 'The King and I' and 'West Side Story'. She is also known for 'Carnal Knowledge', 'The Four Seasons' and 'Slums of Beverly Hills'. She lent her voice to the titular role of Carmen Sandiego in 'Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?'. Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

Isabella Gomez as Elena

Isabella Gomez attends the 2020 Christian Cowan x Powerpuff Girls Runway Show on March 08, 2020, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Gomez plays the role of Elena, the activist and feminist teenage daughter of Penelope. Her character arc on the show is very interesting and is applauded for the depiction of LGBTQ representation. The actress is also known for her minor but unforgettable roles in 'Modern Family' and 'Matador'. She played the role of Isla in 'A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish'.

Marcel Ruiz as Alex

Marcel Ruiz attends The National Hispanic Media Coalition's 2020 Impact Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

As Alex, Ruiz plays the role of Penelope's son, a role for which the actor won the Imagen Award for Best Young Actor in 2017, and consecutive nominations till 2019. The recognition is given by an organisation that is dedicated to "encouraging and recognising the positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry". Apart from his work on 'One Day at a Time', Ruiz is known for playing John Smith in the 2019 movie 'Breakthrough'. The same year, he was named as one of the '10 Latinxs to Watch in 2019'.

Todd Grinnell as Schneider

Todd Grinnell of 'One Day at a Time' speaks during the Pop TV segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 13, 2020, in Pasadena, California (Getty Images)

Grinnell plays the role of the rich landlord - also Penelope's best friend and a close ally of the family. The actor is known for his work on 'Grace and Frankie', 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', 'The Young Pope', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Revenge' and 'Desperate Housewives'.

Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr Berkowitz

Stephen Tobolowsky attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, California (Getty Images)

Tobolowsky plays the role of Penelope's boss and who later become Lydia's love interest. The actor is known for his work on 'Groundhog Day', 'Memento', 'Deadwood', 'Glee', 'Silicon Valley', 'White Famous', 'Californication' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. The actor was nominated for a Tony Award in 2002 for his work in 'Mornings At Seven' on Broadway.

'One Day at a Time' will air on Mondays, October 12, at 9pm-10pm, October 19 at 9pm-10pm and on October 26 at 9pm-10pm.