Santa Clarita Diet Season 4: Netflix, like any giant organisation, isn’t afraid to make big decisions, even if they’re sure to irritate its customers – and that’s exactly what happened recently after a series of major executive calls, ranging from a price hike to the termination of multiple titles.
Santa Clarita Diet is the latest show to be cancelled, following in the footsteps of One Day at a Time, Marvel’s shows, and others.
Santa Clarita Diet producer Tracy Katsky Boomer told CNN, “They called us with the news yesterday.” “We’re all in such a bad mood.” We had a great time making it.”
Despite the fact that the final chapter ended on a cliffhanger, Drew Barrymore’s passion project only lasted three seasons before being cancelled. The mystery regarding Mr Ball Legs, as well as what would happen once Sheila sank her teeth into Joel’s neck, are two major unanswered mysteries.
Show creator Victor Fresco and Katsky expressed their disappointment in a statement, saying, “Like our audience, we were all-in on Sheila and Joel.” Their love storey, despite enormous difficulty, was both motivating to write and see. They were mostly amusing, which is crucial in a comedy.”
Netflix applauds for its early support
“We will be eternally thankful to Netflix for taking a risk on this strange show. They were encouraging, upbeat, and grateful of our efforts. Until around 12 p.m. today.
“Even so, they were only a phone call away from being the ideal studio.” It’s not bad. Everything comes to an end. There was a time when this was a thing. And that was the end of it.”
The show’s fans were understandably enraged and demanded answers, and while Netflix rarely reveals anything about what goes on behind the scenes, there are some hints as to why this one didn’t make it.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s president of original content, spoke at an INTV conference in Israel in March about why some series are cut short, and as you may know, it all comes down to whether Netflix is receiving enough bang for its buck.
“It’s a mix of stuff,” she explained (via Deadline). “We decide how much to invest based on the size of the audience that will attend.” If the audience doesn’t turn up, we consider why we should keep investing in something that isn’t performing as well as we had intended.”
In the instance of the Santa Clarita Diet, Holland and her colleagues obviously believed that there was no compelling reason to continue funding it.
“Obviously, critical acclaim is vital as well,” she continued, “but it’s really about stretching our investment dollars as far as we can and making good on our investors’ money – it’s theirs, not ours.”
Investors may feel very Wall Street, and they aren’t something that the typical viewer cares about, but they are an important element of the Netflix model, and their continuous commitment is critical to the company’s future.