Netflix has unveiled some casting news about the highly anticipated Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet, which premieres this spring. Joel McHale and Maggie Lawson guest star as Chris and Christa, married realtors in Santa Clarita who are described as a "more successful, more aggressive version" of Drew Barrymore's Sheila and Timothy Olyphant's Joel. In addition to McHale and Lawson, Gerald McRaney guest stars as Ed Thune, a retired army colonel who Joel finds very intimidating.

Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet picks up right where Season 1 ended and finds the Hammond family trying to adapt to Sheila's now-advanced undead state, even though she's desperately working to hold on to her suburban lifestyle and not be defined as just another monster. Unfortunately, while the family has become markedly better at murder, the number of missing people in Santa Clarita is starting to pile up and it's no longer going unnoticed. Meanwhile, the Hammonds are chasing the source of the virus, so they can stop it from spreading and save humanity, which seems important.

The single-camera Santa Clarita Diet first made its debut in February of last year on Netflix and has gained a significant following on the streaming service. About a month after its premiere, Netflix announced that the show had been renewed for a second season, which is set to come out in a few months. While the show gained praise, it was also criticized for a lot of the graphic scenes depicted within the episodes. It isn't clear if the second season of Santa Clarita Diet will tone down some of the more gory details that the first season had.

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Shortly after its debut on Netflix, Santa Clarita Diet ran into some controversy in Germany. Some promotional material depicting a human finger cut up like a currywurst, which is a popular German fast food dish. After receiving more than 50 complaints that the posters were glorifying violence and inducing fear, especially in children, the German Advertising Council forwarded the complaints to the company. Netflix then made the decision to take the posters down in Germany and found another way to promote Santa Clarita Diet without scaring young children into thinking that they were eating human fingers.

Netflix has not released an official release date for Santa Clarita Diet Season 2, but an announcement is expected soon, since the streaming giant says that it's coming this spring. It will be interesting to see if the show takes some of the more gory imagery out or to see if they double down and add in more graphic scenes, since the fans tend to enjoy it. We'll just have to wait and see what the future brings when the show comes back for its second season. You can check out more information about Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet over at Netflix.

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