Netflix has assigned a premiere date to season 2 of its wacky zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet, which features Drew Barrymore as an undead realtor. While the popularity of the zombie seems to have waned a bit in the last few years, there are still plenty of options available to get one’s flesh-eating fix. In addition to the occasional theatrical zombie release, there are mountains of low-budget efforts hitting home video and VOD every month, and several TV series offering zombie thrills.
The big kahuna when it comes to zombie TV is of course AMC’s The Walking Dead, with its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead close behind. There’s also iZombie on The CW, Z Nation on Syfy, and Freakish on Hulu. While not strictly zombie shows, Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, The CW’s Supernatural, and FX’s American Horror Story sometimes feature them as well. One of the newest players in the small screen zombie game is Netflix comedy Santa Clarita Diet, which premiered on the service in February 2017.
Popular with most critics and quick to catch on with many genre fans, Santa Clarita Diet took the zombie comedy sub-genre in strange directions not often seen in projects produced by a mainstream company like Netflix or starring recognizable actors like Barrymore. The former Charlie’s Angels star plays Sheila Hammond, a married realtor who dies and comes back as a zombie. Now burdened with the need to consume humans, Sheila – along with faithful husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and sarcastic daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) – are forced to try and balance some semblance of a normal life with the cravings of an undead cannibal. Now, Deadline reports that Santa Clarita Diet’s second 10-episode season is set to premiere on Friday, March 23.
The news of Santa Clarita Diet’s season 2 premiere date comes just days after several guest stars were confirmed for season 2, including Community’s Joel McHale, House of Cards’ Gerald McRaney, Psych’s Maggie Lawson, and Happy Endings’ Zachary Knighton. All four of those actors’ characters better be prepared to become dinner, because based on where season 1 ended, Sheila is unlikely to be able to even somewhat control her urge to kill and eat people for too much longer. One hopes that she might eventually be cured of her ghastly “condition,” but then there wouldn’t be a show anymore, so it’s doubtful that will happen any time soon.
While Sheila clearly has it worst, one also wonders how much more insanity that the formerly mild-mannered Joel can handle before he completely snaps. At a few points during season 1, it looked like Joel was close to coming apart mentally, and that could very well happen during season 2. On a side note, it’s likely only a matter of time until Netflix releases the trailer for season 2, which will give fans more of an idea what’s in store.
Santa Clarita Diet season 2 premieres March 23 on Netflix.
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