Our time with the Hammond family has come to an end, as Netflix has decided not to order any more new episodes of Santa Clarita Diet. After the show aired its third season last months, there had been rumors about Netflix canceling the series, leading to a #SaveSantaClaritaDiet Twitter campaign. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, however, Netflix made the cancellation official by confirming the show's run in a statement released online.
"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, 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."
This news is undoubtedly very frustrating for fans of the show to hear. Season 3 proved to be very strong, as it's currently sitting on a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Because Netflix doesn't make viewership numbers available to the public, it's hard to say how many people were watching, though the series did seem very popular. The reason for its demise likely has more to do with the rising expenses associated with continuing their original programming after each season. It could be that Season 4 would have required a much larger budget than the previous seasons, so the business decision was made to end the series despite its popularity and creative upswing.
Created by Victor Fresco, Santa Clarita Diet premiered on Netflix in 2017. On the horror comedy series, Drew Barrymore starred as Sheila Hammond, a suburban real estate agent who becomes a zombie. Her husband Joel, played by Timothy Olyphant, does what he can to help take care of his zombified wife. Liv Hewson also starred as the pair's daughter, Abby. The show proved to be a bit hit with viewers, bringing about two more seasons subsequently. As always, however, all great things must come to an end.
Netflix axing Santa Clarita Diet follows the company's latest trend of ending certain shows after three seasons. Some other shows recently canned by Netflix after Season 3 include One Day at a Time, Travelers, Love, Bloodline, Hemlock Grove, and Daredevil. The upcoming third season of the series Jessica Jones will also be the last, serving as the final installment of of the partnership between Marvel and Netflix. At this rate, making it to Season 3 can be seen as a success for any Netflix series, as it seems more and more shows are having a hard time making it to Season 4.
There doesn't seem to be any discussion about shopping the series elsewhere, so Sheila can put a fork in Santa Clarita Diet. Of course, the silver lining of any TV show ending while it's still so enjoyable gives it a chance to go out on a high note. All of us can probably think of several series which have overstayed their welcome. This information comes to us from Deadline.