Netflix axes Drew Barrymore's cannibalistic Santa Clarita Diet

James Troughton reports on Netflix's latest axing: the Drew Barrymore-led Santa Clarita Diet.

James Troughton
31st May 2019
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Netflix refuses to satiate the appetite of Santa Clarita Diet fans as they cancel the show following its third season.

The latest series of Drew Barrymore eating people – much to her husband’s distaste – will be its last, despite the numerous plot-threads in motion seeming to be heading for a very interesting place.

Respectably, the executive producers, Victor Fresco and Tracy Katsky, praised Netflix in a statement they issued following the cancellation:

Netflix took a 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.

The latest series of Drew Barrymore eating people – much to her husband’s distaste – will be its last.

This is not the first show that Netflix have cancelled this year, as Santa Clarita Diet is joining the constantly expanding list including shows such as One Day at a Time, Daredevil and Travelers. When talking to TVLine earlier this month, Timothy Olyphant (playing the husband to Drew Barrymore’s character) said: “Every time I turn around, they’re cancelling a show over there.”

The show sported a diverse cast, did not shy away from politics, engaged in hilarious gore-filled comedy and never felt stagnant. Much like The Good Place, it was a comedy that revelled in moving forward rather than standing still. Characters developed and had their own arcs, and, because of the fantastic writing, they had an impact on the world around them. It never felt like the average sitcom; it was far more than that.

Drew Barrymore claimed, “Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favourites. She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honour to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique.”

Unfortunately, it is likely that the show was cut because of Netflix’s recent turn to a three-season model due to the prices of shows growing with each series. And, unfortunately, unlike other shows, Santa Clarita Diet is owned outright by Netflix so the possibility of it being renewed by another company such as Amazon is very unlikely.
Whether or not it’s time to move on from the show is up for debate with many fans campaigning on social media to get Netflix to bring it back. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll see more from Sheila and her husband. It would be such a shame to never return to this wonderfully wacky world.

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