Could Amazon Prime save Santa Clarita Diet after Netflix’s cancellation?

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Netflix has canceled Santa Clarita Diet after three seasons. Could (and should) Amazon Prime step in to save the zombie series?

Another zombie series has come to an end, and this is arguably the best zombie series on TV right now. Santa Clarita Diet has been canceled after three seasons by Netflix. Fans have taken to Twitter with the #SaveSantaClaritaDiet campaign. Could Amazon Prime be the streaming service to step in?

As much as I would love to see Amazon save the zombie series — and there would certainly be a home for it among other fantasy and sci-fi shows on the service — I don’t think it’s going to happen. This isn’t because there’s no place for it! It’s not because it’s not worth saving! It’s all because of Netflix contracts.

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Because Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix Original, it has everything against it. This show can’t move onto another streaming platform for two years after being canceled. That means we’d need to wait until 2021 at the earliest to get new episodes. By that point, there wouldn’t be as much interest in the series as there would if it was saved right now and brought back next year.

We’ve already seen this problem with One Day at a Time. CBS All Access showed interest in saving the positively diverse series and the Netflix contract got in the way. If Netflix wouldn’t allow the contract to be broken here, why would it for Santa Clarita Diet? It would have to start doing it for a lot of canceled shows.

I wish I could offer more positive news. Santa Clarita Diet could do so well on Amazon Prime. While we’ve got fantasy shows on the streaming service, we don’t have a dark comedy like this. Maybe it’s a sign that Amazon needs to consider this type of show in the future.

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What do you think about the Santa Clarita Diet cancellation? Would you like to see Amazon Prime save it? Would you like a similar show on the service? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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