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Netflix cancels Drew Barrymore’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet

The show ran for three seasons.

Netflix has cancelled Drew Barrymore’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet (Matt Crossick/PA)
Netflix has cancelled Drew Barrymore’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet (Matt Crossick/PA)

Netflix has cancelled Drew Barrymore’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet after three seasons.

In a statement, the streaming giant praised Barrymore and her co-star Timothy Olyphant for having “an uncanny knack for comedy”.

The show, which premiered in February 2017, saw its two stars playing suburban married couple Sheila and Joel Hammond whose lives are turned upside down when Barrymore’s character turns into a flesh-eating zombie.

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Drew Barrymore’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet has been cancelled by Netflix (Ian West/PA)

Santa Clarita Diet’s 10-episode third season, which arrived in March, will be its last, Netflix said.

“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,” it 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.”

While Netflix does not release viewing figures, Santa Clarita Diet was well received by critics.

However, it was often pointed out it failed to generate the buzz perhaps expected from a show with leads of the profile of Barrymore and Olyphant.

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