The Good News: Timothy Olyphant Has a New Series; The Bad News: Santa Clarita Diet Might Be Silly Repetition

Television is crazy these days. Something becomes popular, say, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and next thing you know you have Z-Nation, Fear the Walking Dead, iZombie, The Returned, In the Flesh … and by the time everyone gets their zombie on, we’ll be so sick of them they’ll all disappear. Let’s hope that day comes soon. For now, we’ll have to wallow in what Kirkman (and others, of course) hath wrought, the latest of which is Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.

When I first read about the series — starring Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore — and its description, I had a little more hope for it. A dark comedy something along the lines of Breaking Bad, perhaps? Sheila bakes drug laced delicacies to take out soccer moms she doesn’t like?

The comedy centers on married couple Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita — until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends both of their lives down a road of death and destruction … but in a good way.”

Turns out though (and I wasn’t completely off base; Joel’s a pothead), Sheila’s secret is that she’s been turned and eh, now I’m feeling less confident. If they’re going dark, I’m all in, but if this is strictly a comedy it could end up silly retread. Should we have hope because the series creator is Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted, My Name Is Earl, Andy Richter Controls the Universe)? That may depend upon personal taste. For now, I’m hoping its Netflix location and the Olyphant/Barrymore combination means Santa Clarita Diet will be worth a watch.

(photos via USA Today/Netflix)

Next in trending television, apparently witches are back. The CW just announced a Charmed reboot set in the late 1970s.

I do miss that Givens grin.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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