The cult hit, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, was canceled by Netflix in 2019 after three seasons.

By Rachel Yang
November 09, 2020 at 12:19 AM EST
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Santa Clarita Diet could be coming back from the dead if creator Victor Fresco had it his way. And he already has ideas on what a season 4 could look like.

Continuing the cult hit, which Netflix canceled last year, is "something I think we all would want to do if everyone was available. Emotionally, everyone on the show would love to do some kind of closure," Fresco told LADbible.

The comedy series starred Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married real estate agents Sheila and Joel Hammond, who lived their best lives in suburbia — until Sheila died one day and woke up as a zombie with a hunger for human flesh. Season 3 ended on a cliffhanger as she seemingly bit Joel to save his life, ironically making him undead.

"We thought it would be fun to do a season with Joel and Sheila in the same boat — what that would look like. I feel like this would be better for us and better for our fans too," Fresco told the outlet in an interview posted on Thursday.

When Santa Clarita Diet was canceled, it had already amassed a loyal fanbase who praised the show's humor and storytelling, and Fresco said he felt for all the fans disappointed by the decision.

"There were online petitions. Hundreds of thousands of people signed. I felt badly because your job as a writer is to get people invested in your show emotionally. We did that and then the rug was pulled from under them. It was a hard thing to process," he said.

If he gets a chance to revive the series, Fresco, who also created Better Off Ted, had many ideas for Joel's undead journey. In the zom-com, the upbeat Sheila accepted her condition pretty quickly, while Fresco hinted that her more measured husband could struggle to fathom his new life.

"Joel could have a different attitude [to Sheila], we would want him to be a little bit different in how he approaches things," Fresco said. "It will be interesting to see him with that unleashed and what he turns into. So not just who he kills and how he kills but what kind of person he becomes."

Fresco also spoke about the changing friendship between Abby (Liv Hewson), Sheila and Joel's teenage daughter, and her neighbor Eric (Skyler Gisondo).

"We had Abby and Eric's relationship which was turning into something interesting at the end of the series. To see Abby now as a hunter of the undead since both her parents are now undead," he said.

EW has reached out to representatives for Fresco for further comment.

Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix has been axing even more shows lately, like the critically acclaimed GLOW and I Am Not Okay With This. And one last hurrah for Santa Clarita Diet might not be possible for a while — Barrymore is plenty busy now with her eponymous talk show, while Olyphant made a buzzy turn in the new installment of The Mandalorian. But don't count out a season 4 just yet, as we need to find out the Hammonds' fate — and their opinion on What We Do in the Shadows.

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