Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are teaming up and packing in the laughs to bring new meaning to Netflix and chill.
In a new series, The Santa Clarita Diet, scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2017, the pair will take on the roles of a bored couple that receives a much needed jolt when Sheila, played by Barrymore, undergoes a “dramatic change.” From there, the duo cycles through a number of fun-hearted, but dramatic twists and turns.
Written and produced by comedy television veteran, Victor Fresco, of hit series such as Better Off Ted, My Name Is Earl, Mad About You, and Alf, The Hollywood Reporter claims the streaming leader has high hopes.
“The genius casting of Timothy and Drew, combined with Victor’s unique comedic sensibility, will delight, and definitely surprise, our members around the world,” promised Netflix Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland.
Barrymore and Olyphant are also slated to serve as producers of the Netflix series, along with Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller, and Ember Truesdell of Kapital Entertainment.
The Netflix series will be the next phase in small screen-play for Timothy Olyphant who finished the sixth and final season of the action-packed crime drama, Justified, back in 2015. After leaving the FX-network series, Olyphant joined the cast of the film, Snowden — scheduled for release on September 16. Directed by Oliver Stone, the biography will tell the story of Edward Snowden, a United States computer pro that leaked highly-classified National Security Agency (NSA) information to the British daily news publication, The Guardian, in 2013. Olyphant will star as a CIA agent who befriends Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, before he flees to Russia.
While Drew Barrymore may be new to being cast as a series regular, she’s no stranger to comedy. The self-proclaimed “actress since 11-months old” has graced the big screen in a number of roles, including comedies. Remember her laugh-out-loud performances in movies like Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, or Charlie’s Angels?
The long-time actress and mom-of-two will soon grace the cover of April’s Marie Claire where she discusses her life, 30-year friendship with gal pal, Cameron Diaz, and parenting.
“I really had to tell myself, You can do everything, but you will have to do them at different moments. And you can do a lot in the same moment, but you can’t do everything in the same moment. It was a good lesson that you will just have to prioritize and put some things over here for a little while.”
In November, Drew told E! News, “[Motherhood] is an emotional roller coaster. You just care so much about how to be the best mom, the perfect mom — even though there’s no such thing as perfection, you expect that of yourself.”
Netflix has also taken on more series to keep viewers tuned into their streaming service. Old faithfuls like Orange is the New Black will continue. Viewers can also tune into Daredevil’s second season or watch for Jessica Jones — which has been approved for its second season. In addition, the media giant will host more than a dozen other new additions to its lineup including Luke Cage, Chelsea Does starring none other than Chelsea Handler, or The Ranch starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger — to name a few.
So, the next time you’re in the mood for binge entertainment, make sure you tune into Netflix and catch one of its new series. And, stay on the lookout for more details regarding Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant’s comedic series, The Santa Clarita Diet.
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