had big shoes — or in this case, a big tool belt — to fill, taking on the role of Schneider on Netflix
’s reimagining of Norman Lear
’s long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time
.” This role was made iconic by the late Pat Harrington Jr.
, who won the show’s only acting Emmy during its original nine-year run (Best Comedy Supporting Actor in 1984). A strong presence in the update’s first two seasons, Grinnell really came into his own during the current third season, proving himself to be a worthy successor to his Emmy-winning predecessor. As Ryan Schwartz
(TVLine) writes, “In Season 2, Justina Machado
was the undisputed Mvp. In Season 3, that honor goes to Grinnell.”
Grinnell’s Schneider is an entirely different character from Harrington’s blue-collar, wisecracking handyman. The new Schneider is a Canadian expat, hipster, trust-fund baby with a fondness for snow globes and goat yoga.