Netflix is keeping up its habit of canceling shows after three seasons, no matter what the level of interest. The service has dropped Santa Clarita Diet just weeks after its third season premiered on March 29th. It’s not clear what prompted the decision, although it’s fairly unusual for Netflix in that the zombie romcom not only had star power (most notably Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) and its fair share of fans, but was strictly an in-house production. Other shows receiving the axe in recent months have come from external studios, such as the Marvel shows and One Day at a Time.
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If you had a little bit of trouble understanding the tone of “Santa Clarita Diet” at the beginning of Season 1, Timothy Olyphant gets it. “I think looking back to the first season, the first two, maybe three, episodes were a little rough,” he told IndieWire at a recent Netflix press event. “I didn’t feel confident until we got to the fourth episode of last year.”
But when it came to Season 2, he felt it was “smooth sailing right from the jump,” something his co-star Drew Barrymore agreed with — though she did have some issues with leaping back into the story of Sheila, whose hyper-normal suburban existence gets upended after some sort of curse turns her into a flesh-craving zombie.
Specifically, coming back to a second season of a TV show was something Barrymore had never done before.
As Netflix’s undead comedy “Santa Clarita Diet” returns for season 2, stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant give ET Canada’s Sangita Patel the scoop on how Joel and Sheila are managing her increasing bloodlust while balancing everyday life.
Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
Season 4: April 19, 2020.