As Netflix looks to build its library of must-watch original series, it’s added two Hollywood names to its roster: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.
The two actors will star in the comedy Santa Clarita Diet, a comedy series penned by Better Off Ted writer Victor Fresco.
The single-camera series features Olyphant (Justified, Deadwood) and Barrymore (E.T., Miss You Already) as husband and wife realtors leading discontented lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles, until a dramatic change sends the couple down a road of death and destruction.
Netflix’s slate of originals has expanded recently as dramatically its global availability — which has grown to serve 190 countries this year. For 2016, the service has promised more than 600 hours of original content, including Flaked starring Will Arnett, Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder and a new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper (who received an Emmy nomination for her role).
While not all of its originals have been welcomed as warmly as the critically lauded Orange is the New Black and House of Cards (Variety called the SVOD’s recent Full House reboot “self-congratulatory” and “laboriously manufactured”), Netflix’s subscriber numbers have remained strong. At its most recent year-end earnings report, Netflix closed at more than 74 million subscribers worldwide.
Santa Clarita Diet is slated premiere in all of Netflix’s territories in 2017. Barrymore, Olyphant and Fresco also serve as executive producers of the series.