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Drew Barrymore has a new show coming to Netflix on February 3 called Santa Clarita Diet. Exactly what type of diet that title refers to had previous been a mystery. Now we know it refers to human flesh.


USA Today reveals that the show is actually about Barrymore’s character dying and slowly developing a taste for human flesh, all while maintaining her relationship with her husband and daughter, and keeping up with her suburban Californian real estate business.

But, this is not merely a horror show. Horror is just one aspect of it.

“There’s a real optimism to the show,” Barrymore told the paper. “I don’t want to watch a show about a couple fighting and falling apart, I can’t handle it right now. It’s not heavy, but it’s not lacking in a sort of sweetness, if you will. But it’s also got bite and backbone and balls.”


Timothy Olyphant (Justified) plays Barrymore’s husband, and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) is a rival agent. The show was created by Victor Fresco, who also did the similarly offbeat Better Off Ted for ABC and Andy Richter Controls the Universe for Fox.

A Drew Barrymore dark comedy in which she plays a zombie mother? That sounds pretty wonderful to us.

Ten episodes of the Santa Clarita Diet will come to Netflix February 3.

[USA Today]


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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