Netflix has cancelled its hit series Santa Clarita Diet after just three seasons. The news comes as a shock to fans, who were left hanging after the 10-episode third season came to a close. The show starred Golden Globe winner Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates, Everybody’s Fine) and Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Justified).
“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,” said Netflix in a statement. “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. 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.”
Showrunner Victor Fresco and executive producer Tracy Katsky released a joint statement addressing the show’s cancellation. “Like our audience, we were all-in on Sheila and Joel. Their relationship, in the face of incredible adversity, was inspiring to write and to watch. Mostly, they were funny, which in a comedy is important. Working with Drew and Tim, along with the immensely talented Liv and Skyler, was a joy and a once in a lifetime experience.”
Netflix took at chance on this odd show and for that we will always be grateful. They were supportive, ever positive, and appreciative of our work. Until about noon today. Still, they were just one phone call away from being a perfect studio. Not bad. Everything ends. This was a thing. And so it ended. We’ll miss it but are proud of the work we did and will always appreciate the love and enthusiasm we felt from our audience. It if was up to them, Sheila and Joel would continue for another 10,000 years.”
The series premiered on February 3, 2017. On May 8, 2018, Netflix renewed the show for a third 10-episode season which premiered on March 29, 2019. Throughout the show’s three-season run, it received generally positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
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