We have some sad news to pass along. Netflix has announced that they have pulled the plug on ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ after three seasons (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The show’s third season just premiered late last month. In an official statement, Netflix announced that it will not be bringing it back for a fourth:
“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,” Netflix said 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 producer Tracy Katsky said the following in a joint statement:
“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.”
In regards to whether or not the show could be shopped elsewhere, Fresco isn’t sure if that’s a possibility given Netlfix outright owns the series:
“I can’t see how it could be shopped elsewhere since Netflix is the studio. I haven’t explored that and that would be something that would be easy to figure out in a phone call if that’s even possible to take it elsewhere. But I just don’t know if it is since they own it outright,” he said.