During the recent #GoldenGlobes, Netflix aired the first teasers for one of its upcoming original series, horror-comedy The Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Barrymore and Olyphant will pull double duty as Excecutive Producers on the series, working alongside creator Victor Fresco.
The premise of the series is a little unusual:
In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, Justified) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.
The dramatic change is Sheila's death and subsequent resurrection, with the "death and destruction" likely caused by her new insatiable hunger for human flesh. Still, The Santa Clarita Diet may be the perfect comedy to draw in modern viewers.
Horror-Comedy Is Very 'In' Right Now
After #TheWalkingDead paved the way in reviving TV horror, horror parodies and comedies were sure to follow. And so they did, with shows such as #AshVSTheEvilDead and #ZNation building large followings.
While The Santa Clarita Diet does fall within the same genre, it seems to be taking a different approach than either of those shows. Ash and Z-Nation will often go over the top, The Santa Clarita Diet appears to stay grounded in reality, using the 'diet ad' promos to pass off Joel and Sheila's predicament as something almost normal. This difference will make the show stand out among the competition, drawing horror-comedy fans who may be looking for slightly more intelligent fare.
Netflix Is A Perfect Home For The Show
Even with the recent growth in the genre, it could have been difficult for a show as obviously quirky as The Santa Clarita Diet to find a home on Network TV, or even Cable, where it may have gotten lost among other quality programming. Enter #Netflix. The streaming service is clearly the best place for this show. On television, the show may have had to show some sort of restraint, but on Netflix, they will be more easily able to get away with the level of black comedy and gore that The Santa Clarita Diet needs.
This show is original, quirky, and from the looks of the trailers, genuinely funny. It could definitely be the quirky dark comedy that viewers are waiting for.