Netflix has cancelled their horror-comedy series Santa Clarita Diet. The cancellation comes less than a month after the show’s third season was released globally on the streaming service.
The cancellation fits into a recent pattern at Netflix. The streaming service has been pulling the plug on series after three seasons, due in large part to the way their deals are structured. Only hits or shows picked up with a huge commitment (such as The Crown) tend to go beyond three seasons.
Santa Clarita Diet follows husband and wife realtors Joel and Sheila who are leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way. The series is produced by Kapital Entertainment and stars Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson and Skylar Gisondo. The executive producers are Victor Fresco, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell.
“The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix. To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead”, Netflix said in a statement. “We’re grateful to Victor, Drew, and Timothy, along with fellow executive producers Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell and the terrific cast, including Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo, and crew for three hilarious seasons for Netflix members to discover for years to come.”