Netflix is keeping up its habit of canceling shows after three seasons, no matter what the level of interest. The service has dropped Santa Clarita Diet just weeks after its third season premiered on March 29th.
It’s not clear what prompted the decision, although it’s fairly unusual for Netflix in that the zombie romcom not only had star power (most notably Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) and its fair share of fans, but was strictly an in-house production. Other shows receiving the axe in recent months have come from external studios, such as the Marvel shows and One Day at a Time.
The company has let some of its comedies run for longer, such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (four seasons), Fuller House (ending after five seasons) and Grace and Frankie (renewed for a sixth season).
Whatever the reasons, the cancellation fits a pattern of Netflix aggressively trimming shows as of late. It hasn’t really explained why, but the company is well-known for using data to determine its programming.