Netflix Whips Up A Screwball Comedy With A Side Of Cannibalism In First Promos For Santa Clarita Diet


Allow Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant to clue you in on the miraculous (read: horrifying) Santa Clarita Diet in these two new promos for Netflix’s upcoming original series.

Proving the couple that slays together, stays together, the videos begin like any other regular infomercial, with Barrymore and Olyphant addressing the camera – the audience – against a sheer white background. The former gushes about how she’s able to satisfy all her cravings while on the Santa Clarita diet, while a nervy Olyphant recreates one particular incident where his significant other unleashed her wrath, killed another person in the park and then had he/she for dinner.

Yes, as you’ve no doubt already gathered, the Santa Clarita Diet involves cannibalism – and lots of it. Olyphant and Barrymore play a married couple of realtors named Joel and Sheila, who lead “vaguely disconnected lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.” A typically temperamental teenage daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) threatens to upend their stable marriage, eventually forcing a drastic change in Sheila that involves not only a change in lifestyle, but appetite.

It’s a surprising horror twist for a show that was originally revealed as a by-the-numbers family drama, and it’ll be fascinating to gauge how showrunner Victor Fresco balances the macabre (cannibal cravings) with the normal (a teenage daughter). Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are among the supporting players on board for Fresco’s all-new sitcom.

Like so many others before it, Netflix will kick off its New Year with a diet – perhaps the most outrageous and most sinister of them all – when Santa Clarita Diet premieres on February 3. It’ll be comprised of 13 episodes in total.