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Netflix Gives Up on the Santa Clarita Diet

The 'zom-com' is no more

Rachel Paige

After three seasons, Netflix has decided not to head back to Santa Clarita to continue on with the Santa Clarita Diet. The show, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant and created by Victor Fresco, has been canceled meaning the recently released Season 3 will be its last.

The series followed Shiela and Joel Hammond (Barrymore and Olyphant), a realtor couple in Santa Clarita. Also, Shiela happens to be a zombie. After coming down with the strangest case of food poisoning one day, she dies but then immediately springs back to life with more energy than ever, and also a hunger for human flesh. Olympant's Joel manages to master the art of the "WTF is going on" face as his home life crumbles around him. The two continue to balance work, marriage, and caring for their teenage daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson), all while grappling with Shiela being undead.

The end of Season 3 saw Joel possibly become a zombie himself, but after the cancellation, that will remain one of many questions the show didn't have time to answer. Fresco had hoped that the series would run for at least five seasons.

Netflix praised its "zom-com" 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."

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The show had an impressive list of guest actors, including Nathan Fillion (who memorably played a dismembered head), Andy Richter, Natalie Morales, Portia de Rossi, Patton Oswalt, Joel McHale, and Gerald McRaney.

The first three seasons of Santa Clarita Diet are avaliable to stream on Netflix now.

Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet

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