Santa Clarita Diet is no more.
Streaming giant Netflix has opted to cancel dark comedy series Santa Clarita Diet following three seasons, the third of which dropped only recently on March 29.
“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,” reads part of Netflix’s 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.”
Said star Drew Barrymore, who played not-quite-alive Sheila in the series: “Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites. She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked along side Tim Olyphant. It was an honor 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.”
Added actor Timothy Olyphant, who played Sheila’s loving husband Joel: “I loved working on this show,” he said. “I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.”
Netflix has been cancelling more and more shows of late. Santa Clarita Diet marks another show cut following its third season; Daredevil, Travelers, Bloodline and Love are other examples. As for the reasoning, it’s a little hard to be 100% percent sure since the company has long kept much of its ratings info under wraps.
As per Deadline, a number of these cancellations could be coming from how Netflix has structured their deals:
Netflix employs a “cost-plus” model, offering to pay upfront a show’s production costs plus a premium of 30%+ of the costs. The pacts include bump/bonuses after each season that are getting progressively bigger. While the payments are relatively modest after Season 1 and a little bigger after Season 2, I hear they escalate after Season 3, especially for series owned by Netflix — sometimes from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars — as the studio starts to pay off the shows’ back-end.
As for this particular series, it appears to be over, unless #SaveSantaClaritaDiet can make enough noise?